I feel a little hypocritical answering the emails that ask how I stay motivated to exercise while on vacation. It’s not always easy for me to stick with my exercise routine, either.
The cardio part, no problem! I’m excited to get out there and explore the scenery. But the weight-lifting… that’s another story. I don’t like weight-lifting even when I’m at home. So when there’s a beach or new city outside, it’s even harder to make time for bulking up those arms of mine. Sometimes I skip a planned session. But you know what? Life does not fall apart!
I promise you: If you skip exercise one day in order to make room for more exciting vacation activities, the exercise’ll still be there the next day. Cut yourself some slack and, when you get a chance, pick up where you left off. Part of healthy living is enjoying life; you need to remember your mental health, too. Stressing out that you’re not exercising as often as you normally do will only serve to inhibit your ultimate goal of being healthy and living a long, quality life.
That being said, I know a lot of you struggle with the cardio part as much as I struggle with the weights. But no one says you have to do the same form of exercise as you normally do. Bike-riding, tennis, beach-walking, swimming, hiking… all count as exercise. Running might just be the best type of vacation exercise, because you don’t need to bring any special equipment aside from sneakers, and because it affords you a chance to take in your surroundings. For those of you looking for ways to fit running into your vacation schedule, I have four words:
Learn to like worms.
If you’re an early bird, you can get your exercise in and still have the rest of the day to relax and spend time with family or friends. Win-win.
Hmmm a post without a photo. We need to remedy this… Sweaty, no make-up, headphones on, and squinting. How’s that for being real?
But wait… what happens when you click to enlarge the photo?
Haha so maybe I’m not that brave.. yet. 😉