Sometimes maintaining a training schedule while away from home is easy. Routes are no-brainers and miles are easily banked. Other times, however, running is a much more complicated feat than just lacing up and heading out. Perhaps you’re plagued by deciding whether to spend quality time with family or fit pre-planned miles in. Or maybe you don’t enjoy running in new territory solo. Whatever the case may be, if you find yourself in the position of struggling to fit your running miles in while on vacation, struggle no longer. Check out these 7 ways to maintain fitness without stressing over miles run:
7 Ways to Maintain Fitness on Vacation
If you’ve got access to a pool, there’s no other full body workout quite like swimming. It’s tough, it gets your heart rate up, and you’ll sleep like a rock the evening after a good swim session. You could even do this in the sea if you’re lucky enough to have a seaside vacation! An amazing spot in Corolla, NC perhaps? Make use of the sea to swim if you can, the salt water is good for your skin too!
2. Pool running.
Swimming not your thing but still have access to a pool? Try pool running! Pool running is a challenging and fun workout, especially if you’re not normally in the water.
No access to a pool and no treadmill available? Head to your hotel’s fitness room and jump on the elliptical. It’s not the same as running but you’ll still be able to get your heart rate up and work similar muscle groups. If your hotel doesn’t have a fitness room however, you may want to consider bringing a set of dumbbells to use in your room. If your dumbbells are too heavy to bring with you, try looking here for the best adjustable dumbbells that allow you to take weight off them, making them easier and more convenient to transport. Whilst you may be using less weight, it will help you to keep fit and healthy until you have to go home.
If there’s no pool nearby and there’s no fitness room where you’re staying, try renting a bike! This is a perfect solution for those in beach towns. There are bike rental places all over the place. Choose from beach cruisers to mountain bikes to hybrid bikes. Pure road bikes are usually harder to come by but you may be able to find one if that’s your cup of tea.
5. Beach walking.
This only works if you’re on the beach for vacation, but if you are, try power walking along the shoreline. It’s a crazy hard workout to keep momentum going while trying not to sink into the sand. Try it!
When all else fails, it’s time to bust out the burpees. Burpees are a full body workout and can be done anywhere and with no equipment. Do enough of them and you won’t have to do any other exercises to make up for your lack of miles.
7. Fartlek runs.
Although this one is technically running, it’s not a “map a route and be gone for hours” kind of a run. You can run up and down your hotel room corridor, all through the parking lot of your motel, or even in the park while your children play on the swings.
All it takes is a little creativity and you can maintain some semblance of fitness while on vacation — even if you’re having trouble banking your miles.
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