Working Out on Vacation

Hey guys and happy April! Nothing like a glimpse of some palm trees in April to make you excited about the coming summer, hey? I, for one, am ready for it! :D

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I want to talk a little about moving while on vacation and share a great workout with you, but first a few reflections on our time in Las Vegas. I've been doing well in Vegas (baby!) aside from a little peeling (opps, I did it again!) and aside from the fact that Vegas is a place that honestly makes me sad...I've had fun and we're hopefully going to a show tonight (never done that before!) and I LOVE the heat and desert but it's just not our scene. It's a place of excess and poverty, of those who have and those who have not, darkness (casinos/so many buildings) and light (sunshine!); a place of dichotomy for sure. So while it's been a neat experience (specifically the conference and strengthening relationships with people) and to be here with Mikey, it's made me think a lot.

But...we've still been enjoying ourselves. :D Here are some highlights so far!

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Comedy show fun - THAT was a blast and a great highlight of the free time at the conference!

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Fro-yo! ...oh man, this was a splurge and I was H.A.P.P.Y! ;) PB, hot fudge, Oreo chunks & Reese's chunks. YUM.

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We made some cashola at the slots with Ross!

Last night Mikey and I saw a movie - the Hunger Games - without reading the book(s) first. Not that we've ever read a book before a movie (seriously? psh!) ;) but we didn't and still enjoyed it! You could tell there was a lot more character development to be had and so much more that went on (hence in the film it was a little slow) but it was still interesting and finally a new, unique story rather than a remake of another Marvel comic! We LOVE good stories, especially those of people's lives, so we appreciated that aspect of the film. We walked back late and slept in late too - perfect!

I got up and knew I wanted to move, so I headed to the gym to get my workout on. Here's what I did!

30 min Body Blast

It was a great workout that was finished in 30 minutes. You can also just do the second part (the sprints and squats) as a time challenge - see how fast you can get it done!

So...when you're on vacation, do you rest or keep working out? I personally keep moving because I'm more about maintenance right now (in other words, if I had trained for a race, ran it, and then went on vacation I would probably take more rest days). I feel so much better when I move, so it's always worth my while to get up even just a half hour early to squeeze in some type of action before the day gets away from me. Here are my top 4 tips for working out while on vacation:

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Working Out on Vacation

  • Adjust your expectations. Hotel gyms are hit and miss; some days you're out later than you anticipated and sleep in later than you planned; sometimes you realize your body needs a real break. Be flexible with your workout plans as you can't control all the elements that you might be able to at home. If you get the chance to move some, you're doing well! So adjust your workout expectations and be ready to go with the flow.
  • Get up early & get it done. If you're like me, your purpose on vacation is to get away with people you love, so make the sacrifice of a bit of sleep in order to not cut into your days with your friends and/or family. That way you can get your workout done and get on with the most important part of vacation - being with people! Even if you're not a morning person, remember that it's likely your day will fill up with activity and you may not be able to squeeze it in later.
  • Make your movement count. It might not be feasible to get your long run in, but you can make the most of your time by doing a HIIT treadmill workout (like the one above - sprints are your friend!) and burn the most fat and calories in the shortest amount of time. Keep your intensity high and your total time short and you will still keep your level of fitness and in fact see change!
  • Eat as clean as possible. That might sound unrealistic when you're on vacation, and I'm all for sweets and treats for something fun (see the above phopto of my loaded fro-yo!), but just eat (and drink) what you really want and don't got overboard just because you're "on vacation!" If you can't move as much as you normally do at home, watch your in-take. Mixed alcoholic drinks are FULL of sugar and often one glass of wine will serve you better than a few margaritas, which not only have the alcohol but also lots of calories from sugar. Think about how hungry you are and pack your own snacks to tide you over with healthy options in between meals rather than letting your whole vacation be a spulrge. You'll feel better about yourself AND enjoy the fun treats more when you have them.

I throw the last one in because nutrition and exercise simply cannot be separated from each other and go hand-in-hand. I'd also throw in the idea of making your vacation an active one and not thinking that vacation = rest only. Anyone got any other tips to add?

On that note, it's back to the pool for me! Hope you guys are doing well; weigh in on the topic of working out on vacation and until then, I'll catch ya on the flip side! Live well & be well friends,

Bonnie

14 Comments
  1. April 3, 2012 at 01:20
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    i've never been one to keep up my exercise routine on vacation, but i would like to in the future. I have never really been fit, but this year i have changed that, so next vacay i will definitely stay more active and make better food choices!

    • April 12, 2012 at 03:15
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      Awesome to hear, Allison - better choices every day. Keep it up! :D

  2. Britta Kallevang
    April 3, 2012 at 13:37
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    That looks like a great workout! Just wondering though ... what is a press up?

    • April 12, 2012 at 03:14
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      Hey Britta! You can always check it out on YouTube, but a press up is lifting weights over your head from shoulder height. So a squat + press up means a squat (w/weights at shoulder height) then raise them over your head as you stand). Sorry for not clarifying!

  3. April 3, 2012 at 14:55
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    That fro-yo looks good.. YUM! I totally agree with you about moving while on vacation. Although it is nice to lay on the beach and relax, I can only do it for so long. Sometimes it can be hard though depending on who you go with. For example, if I go away with my girlfriends and want to run or something, some may criticize or start bitching about "omg, relax, you're on vacation"... which is SO FRUSTRATING. Love that workout you posted! I might just try it right now (although modify a few moves as I do not have a bosu ball). And this time around, I know what AMRAP means haha. Safe flight back to Calgary you guys!!

  4. I LOVE active vacations, that's one of the reasons we took up snowboarding after we got married - so that we could have a fun activity to do on winter trips. When we added scuba to the mix a few years ago, wanted an active summer activity. Now the food thing I'm not quite as good at on vacation. =)

    • April 12, 2012 at 03:14
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      Oh...the food thing is a whole other story! ;) Love active vacations too.

  5. April 4, 2012 at 17:58
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    Working out on vacation is definitely important for me! Helps keep my energy up and me feeling good. Great tips, eating clean is a key one too. Bookmarking this workout for another day!

    • April 12, 2012 at 03:14
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      Awesome, Heather. :D

  6. April 5, 2012 at 11:10
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    enjoy enjoy enjoy. (thats my tip, too :))

  7. April 5, 2012 at 17:33
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    I always exercise on vacation in some form. If it's a local vacation, my boyfriend and I take our bikes or go hiking. We're going to Vegas in a few weeks and we're staying at a casino that has a gym free for hotel guests. I will most definitely be taking advantage of that to work off the awesome food we're going to eat!

  8. April 9, 2012 at 07:54
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    I've never been to Vegas, but always imagined I wouldn't like it because that much excess always bothers me. I didn't realize, though, that there was also a lot of the opposite. Sigh. And logically, I always feel like I should be able to exercise on vacation because I don't have my normal constraints of work and dishes and chores and homework. But...that doesn't usually happen. I really do just need to learn to build in activity to my vacations. Hopefully I'll learn that next week, though, when I go on vacation with my Iron(wo)man aunt.

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