Today’s Friday Five theme is working out while on vacation. While many people look forward to relaxing while on vacation, this does not mean that you have to keep yourself from being active. In fact, being on vacation is a great opportunity to switch up your routine in order explore new activities that you might not be able to do at home.
My husband and I will be spending a week in Antigua in August to celebrate our wedding anniversary. In August I will be at the height of marathon training, which means that I cannot just take the week off from training, or any physical activity for that matter. As part of planning for our trip, I’m also exploring options for not only keeping up with my running while we’re away but also other cross and strength training opportunities. What are some of the things that I have done so far and/or plan to do that you can also do, depending on where you are headed for vacation?
1. Determine whether or not the place that you will be staying at has a fitness center, and whether or not the equipment is well maintained. I have explored multiple websites and looked into the resort’s fitness center, including on the resort’s website, Trip Advisor, and Oyster. I have also joined a “Fans of the HOTEL” Facebook group. After posting a question in the group about running at the resort, as well as looking through photos on various websites, it looks like the fitness center will be a great option for keeping up with my training while away.
2. Set realistic expectations for yourself. I know that it is unrealistic to expect that I complete a high mileage long run while we’re away. Not only do I not want to spend hours on the treadmill, but I will be on vacation and will want to be spending time relaxing with my husband. While putting my training calendar together, I made adjustments to my long run mileage for while we’re away so that I don’t set myself up for failure and/or disappointment with not keeping up with my training plan.
3. Explore alternative options for cross training and/or strength training. Are there activities and/or sports that are available where you’re staying that you wouldn’t normally do at home? Being on vacation is a great time to try something new while also offering the opportunity to still stay active. There is daily pool aerobics at the resort that we’re staying at, and I’m looking forward to being active in the pool while also enjoying the beautiful weather and scenery. A number of water sports are also available at the resort where we’re staying, including snorkeling, so not only will I be able to be active but I’ll also get to explore some of what’s underwater.
4. Enjoy the drinks and food while you’re away, but don’t overindulge. The last thing that you want to do is feel sick from eating and/or drinking too much while away. If you feel sick, then you won’t want to be active.
5. Allow yourself to back off with the frequency and intensity of your workouts. After all, being on vacation is usually an opportunity for people to relax and destress. There is a difference between being completely inactive and reducing the amount of intense workouts that you do while away. One week of less activity, or less intensity, that you’re used to won’t have a negative impact on your overall fitness and training, even if you are training for a major race.
QOTD: What tips do you have for keeping up with training while on vacation?