Why Exercise Should be on your Next Vacay Itinerary

Planning a vacation can be stressful. Between the hotel, flights, excursions, excuse from work, er time off from work, and just organizing things at home, i.e. making sure the pets are taken care of, windows and doors have been locked, and someone is grabbing your mail; it’s no wonder you often need a “vacay from your vacay.”

With that being said, another norm that comes from vacation are those few extra pounds, or as I like to call them, little reminders of the vacation that once was. What if there was a way to still vacation like it’s your job, but not add on the extra pounds, and thereby, the extra stress when you return to reality?

These days, there are plenty of ways to stay active on your vacation, without compromising on fun. For example, if you are somewhere tropical, go snorkeling or scuba diving. Swimming burns so many calories, is a complete body workout, and is super fun! If you are in a big city, somewhere like Chicago, take a fun and intense workout class like Zumba. You may even meet people who are vacationing like you, or even locals who can tell you where to go to dinner.

If you are somewhere hilly or mountainous, hiking or bike riding is going to be your best bet for sightseeing and staying active. Find a local bike shop and ask them about nearby trails or even guided tours so you can see all the important sights.

Regardless of where you go, you can always find something active to do. Even if you aren’t the “exercise type” you can still find something remotely active – like a walking tour – to at least get your blood flowing. You just have to know where to look, and make sure you pack the right gear; hiking in flip flops does not a happy camper make.