There are so many excuses not to work out while you’re on vacation. Your hotel doesn’t have a gym. You don’t have any equipment. Your travel itinerary is too packed. Plus, you’re there to relax. You figure you’ll get back to your regular routine once your trip is over, right? Actually, while it’s tempting to take a break completely, it’s even harder to restart your fitness routine after just a week of inactivity.
While you don’t have to pack in an intense workout every day of your trip, it’s easy to find time to do a few high-impact activities (like running or jump roping) or some more leisurely activities that you can enjoy while you sightsee, like biking and kayaking. Read on for five ways you can stay on your fitness game while you’re in vacation mode!
Skip your way to a fitter physique! Jump ropes are inexpensive, portable, easy to use and provide a killer workout. Even just a 10- or 15-minute session can torch major calories, so it’s easy to fit a quick sweat sesh into your day, whether you’re in your hotel room or by the pool. Plus, virtually anyone can do it, and it doesn’t require a complicated round of reps and sets to get it right. Before you head out on your next weekend trip or resort getaway, stash a jump rope in your bag for one of the easiest ways to increase your cardio fitness, agility and strength on the go. To give variety to your workout, alternate between forward jumps, side-to-side and backward jumps. For a more advanced move, try alternating legs with single-leg jumps to build your lower body strength.
Run on the beach
You’re on vacation, so lose the treadmill. Even if your hotel has a gym, there’s nothing like running along the coastline and breathing in that salty ocean air to get your body into vacation mode—especially knowing there’s plenty of R&R at the finish line. Even for intermediate to advanced runners, a run on the beach can be a real cardio challenge. The unpredictable surface of sand causes your muscles to work even harder. Similar to running hills, running in the sand is a resistance workout. Before opting to go barefoot, check that the beach isn’t covered in tiny rocks and shells, and take your shoes with you just in case. For beginners, try running in the packed, wet sand close to the ocean (preferably during low tide) which creates a more sturdy and even foundation. If you’re really ready to feel your calves burn, take your stride to the dry sand away from the water, where even 10-minute miles will feel like a sprint!
Take a bike tour
Just like running, biking is a great way to crush your workout and discover the local scenery at the same time. Many hotels and resorts offer bike rentals, and if not, you can usually find a local bike shop or public bikes you can rent by the hour. Depending on your speed and body weight, biking can burn up to 500 calories an hour, and is a great way to squeeze in a little cardio in between seeing the sights. Plus, it’s much cheaper and easier than driving in many cities that are bike-friendly. When looking for a bike tour in your vacation destination, check if there are any that incorporate your interests or the places you’re hoping to check out. Some guides include stops to check out local nature and wildlife, while others let you explore cultural and historical sites.
For those who love the life aquatic, vacation is the time to dive in and try a new water activity. From paddleboarding and kayaking, to surfing and jet skiing, to snorkeling and scuba diving, there’s no shortage of water sports for you to choose from in many beach destinations. Stand-up paddleboarding, commonly referred to as SUP, is an incredible core workout, and you can even do yoga, Pilates or other exercises on your board. Kayaking tours can be just as memorable as they are a good workout. In Miami Beach, for example, you can go on a full moon kayak excursion at Oleta River State Park with tour operator BG Oleta River Outdoor, where you’ll paddle out through the mangroves under the moonlight to enjoy live music and s’mores on a tiny island. And in Puerto Rico, the famed Bioluminescent Bay also makes for a magical, once-in-a-lifetime kayaking experience by evening, as a mysterious aquamarine light is created by the tiny micro-organisms in the water.
Hit a new class on ClassPass
One of the best parts about your ClassPass membership is that you can still use it when you’re traveling, as long as you’re in one of the cities where it’s offered. Thanks to the Flex feature, you have access to classes in more than 39 cities worldwide when you’re on the road! While it can be easy to get in the rhythm of going to your same favorite four or five studios in your hometown, being in a new city forces you to switch it up and go outside your comfort zone to try something new. Plus, it’s a fun way to experience the local fitness community, and meet new friends if you’re traveling solo.