Why (and how) you Should be Working out on Vacay
By Holly Habeck
While it's definitely not easy to kick your butt into gear and get motivated, the biggest challenge in living a healthy lifestyle is often maintaining. Too many times do we hear, "I'll get back on track with my workouts tomorrow." 9/10 times the person says the exact same thing the next day, and maybe most likely the same thing the day after that. One of the easiest ways to minimize the risks of dropping a healthy habit such as your workout schedule or nutritious meal plan is to maintain these routines during vacation, which can often be the breaking point for even the most dedicated health gurus. Not convinced? Check out my top motivators for working out on vacation:
1. Habits are Hard to Form but Easy to Break - According to The Huffington Post , it can take anywhere from 18 to 254 days to form a new habit. Disturbing a healthy habit though, even for just a few days, can be a slippery slope. Not to mention, it's easier to keep up with a routine than start all over when you get home.
2. Your Vacay Lifestyle Differs from Your at-Home (Healthy) Lifestyle - You really think you're sticking to your no-carb diet in Italy? Did you tell yourself you weren't going to have a few Daiquiris in the Bahamas? All the power to you, but you're most likely going to cave...and that's okay! What's not okay is filling up on red meat, carbs and sugary alcoholic beverages while blowing off workouts. There's no shame in indulging, but combat the extra intake and burn a few calories at the gym. You'll thank yourself when you get home.
3. No Guilt - Nobody wants to feel guilty, let alone on vacation. Indulge sans guilt by keeping up your workout routine.
4. Feel hot, Look hot - Feel good about your bikini bod by getting in a good workout before hitting the beach. Odds are, you'll feel sexier and exude more confidence.
So now that you're convinced that vacation isn't a time to slack off completely, think you should keep up with your regular workout routine? While there's no right or wrong way to workout on vacation, here are a few tips on getting the most out of your workout abroad.
5. Maximize Your Workout, Minimize the Time - Instead of doing your usual hour-long workout, try doing a forty minute session where you really push yourself. You should still feel as fatigued as you do when you workout for longer, but you've maximized the benefits of your workout while minimizing the time you're spending in the gym during vacation.
6. It's Better Together - Rope whoever you're on vacation with into hitting the gym with you. Use each other as motivation when you're considering skipping your workout.
7. Work With What You've Got - Hotel doesn't have a gym? No problem. Go for a run around town, enjoy a game of beach volleyball or swim a few laps. You can still reap the benefits of your usual workouts, and may even discover a new hobby by branching out and trying a new activity. Plus, you don't need weight machines to complete your strength training. Do sets of burpees, planks, pushups and squats to still feel the burn.