Friday, June 9, 2017

Working Out On Vacation

School is out over most of the country and that means one thing - summer break is in session! For many families with school aged children, out of town travel and summer vacations tend to take place.

If you're like me when you travel, you like to keep up with some sort of running schedule while away. Most of the time for me, that doesn't necessarily involve a super long run but instead, several shorter runs throughout the week. In my mind, some running is better than none, right? Yep. :)

Before traveling, I tend to do a few things to prepare for the new area and new scenery I'm about to see - running some place new is always exciting!

#1: If staying at a hotel or resort, I always check to make sure a workout facility is available before I even confirm the booking. Running on a treadmill isn't my favorite thing in the world (I don't like it one bit), but I'll do it if I have to. Also, if a gym or workout facility is available, are classes offered? You could even try something new like yoga or spin!

#2: A little research of the area usually takes place - is the area around the resort/hotel safe for an outdoor run? Is there a special running path or set route already at the resort? Are sidewalks available?

#3: Does the area have a running group that meets at a set time/location? Meeting new runners is always fun and most of the time (in my experience at least), running groups are welcoming to new people! These groups will also have a set route available, that way you don't have to worry too much about where you're going!

#4: Is there a local race taking place during your vacation week? Running a new race in a new area is always fun, you don't have to worry about water or a route, and you usually get some sort of swag (a tshirt, medal, etc) for your efforts!

#5: This may sound silly, but packing my running shoes and running clothes usually gives me that little extra boost to get out the door and go for a run. I mean, if I took the trouble to bring the items with me, I might as well use them, right?

Whats your best tip for getting a run/workout in while on vacation?

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  1. I too research whether or not the hotel that we're staying at has a fitness center. Although I'm often tempted to not work out at all while away, I usually regret making that decision.

  2. I'm probably the only one who could care less about a fitness center at the hotel..haha. I book based on location and if the hotel is nice. However, when my friend and I stayed at the Wyndham resort before our cruise I actually did use the fitness center to keep up with my PT exercises and weights. I was still recovering from ITBS, so that was nice to use those facilities!

    1. Haha well I can be a big chicken and am sometimes scared to run around in a new place alone!

  3. I had not thought of checking for a local running group! I usually just venture out on my own (in daylight hours). Also, I do a lot of stuff just in my hotel room...squats, lunges, push-ups, planks, etc. No gym required ;-)

    1. Yes I like that, too! Working out in the hotel room with a little cross training is a great idea!


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