How to Keep Up With Your Fitness Goals -- Even When You're on Vacation

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How to Keep Up With Your Fitness Goals -- Even When You're on Vacation

Now that summer is just around the corner, a lot of people will likely be planning how to use their hard-earned vacation days. After all, domestic travel throughout the U.S. increased by almost 2% during 2017, so there's no reason you shouldn't partake in the fun. Of course, vacations can involve a lot of indulgences -- not just with spending money, but through the foods you might enjoy and the relaxation in which you might partake. If you want to relish in your getaway without giving up your commitment to personal fitness, you might want to keep these tips in mind.

Create an Active Itinerary

When you have control over what you see and do on your vacation, you'll be able to bake physical activity right in. When possible, choose the option that will allow for the most physical activity. Although Americans drive 29.2 miles per day on average, taking a road trip in the car won't necessarily offer a lot of opportunities to work on your fitness. A short flight can allow you to do some stretches in the airport and reach your destination with plenty of time to work in your routine.

Sightseeing, hiking, and biking can allow you to walk, climb, and cycle around your destination. Not only can this open up your eyes to the beauty of a new city, but it can also allow you to work in a great workout. As is, less than 5% of adults participate in 30 minutes of physical activity every day. Sightseeing can actually help you bring more activity to your day. Be sure to choose a location that offers plenty of opportunities to move your body and incorporate events and activities that don't totally center around rest and relaxation. A day on the beach can be totally restorative, but be sure to offset your sunbathing with some swimming, fishing, or a jog along the shore.

Get a Good Night's Sleep

When you've traveled somewhere new, you might be tempted to fit in as much as possible or stay out late to get a taste of the night life. But going this route can really impede your physical abilities throughout the rest of your trip. When you sleep, your body has a chance to restore itself. If you don't get enough shuteye, you could wake up sore, grumpy, and completely devoid of energy. Running on empty won't do you any favors; it'll just make it harder for you to keep pushing through and cause you to make poor decisions later on. You'll probably end up eating more or feeling under the weather throughout the rest of your vacation -- and no one wants that. It might not be the most exciting answer, but you should make it a point to get more than enough rest. That's especially true if you're dealing with a time difference. Otherwise, you won't have enough energy to stick to your plan while you're away.

Book a Hotel With Fitness Features

Although less than 5% of adults participate in 30 minutes of physical activity each day, it's even harder to want to engage in your regular routine when you're away from home. Make it easier on yourself to partake in fitness opportunities by booking stays at hotels that offer workout offerings as part of their amenities. Whether it's yoga classes on the beach, a swanky gym and spa, or an awesome lap pool, you'll be thankful that you thought ahead. For many people, any extra costs associated with these hotels is well worth it, as it'll be easy for you to squeeze in your morning workout and even socialize with other travelers with a love of fitness. It'll be difficult to gain access to a gym or workout class otherwise, so it'll pay to plan ahead.

For some people, continuing a strict workout routine on vacation might sound like a real bummer. But for someone dedicated to improving their health, keeping up with fitness goals is essential. Armed with these tips, you'll be in a great position to work out while you're away while still ensuring that you'll have time to enjoy your time off.

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