There comes a time with every vacation plan when you must decide: How much working out am I really going to do?
Even when I travel to fitness conferences – where, as you can imagine, there are lots of opportunities to exercise – I like to travel light without too much fitness gear (carry-on luggage only for me!).
That means I’ve got to be smart with what and how I pack. I love that my ultra-soft ‘n’ comfy stretch organic cotton Lolë Serene Capri transitions beautifully from wearing them on the flight out to sporting them in a fitness session.
Packing aside, exercising on vacation can be tricky. On one hand, you’re on vacation. On the other hand, you want to come home feeling fresh and fit. And if fitness is ingrained into your lifestyle, you’ll want to stick with it no matter where you go.
The way I see it, there are two ways to exercise on vacation. You either:
1) Take along fitness gear and do your own workouts, or
2) You integrate exercise into the entire vacation or at least part of the vacation.
Take Along Fitness Gear
If you’re like me, you don’t want to give up valuable suitcase space for too much fitness gadgetry. At most, I might tote along a lightweight resistance band. But most often I pack just fitness shoes and Lolë clothes, relying on hotel gyms, fitness podcasts and/or bodyweight exercises that I can do in a hotel room (e.g., squats, squat jumps, pushups and abdominal planks).
Depending on where you’re heading on vacation, you could work the surrounding area into your activity plan. For example, take a walk or run on the beach. Or, seek out local hikes that allow you to explore your surroundings and perhaps catch an awe-inspiring vista or two.
Integrate Exercise into Your Vacation
The other approach to staying active while on holiday is to integrate exercise into your getaway. I once took off on an all-women yoga/surf retreat in Mexico – the whole vacation revolved around yoga and surfing every day.
There are also cycling vacations that tour from one quaint town to the next. (An active cycling vacation like this is on my wish-list for future travels.) However, this approach might call for a little more attention to logistics – for example, traveling with a bike pedals as part of your luggage.
Let’s say you like the idea of making exercise part of the vacation but you also crave a little R&R, poolside. Fair enough. Consider a walking tour of the city you’re in. Or, rent a bike for a day, cycling around town instead of taking cabs or public transit.
How do you hope to weave fitness into your holidays away?