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Why I Don’t Workout on Vacation

It is time to travel and escape that boring job for many months. You have stayed overtime and put in the hours needed to get ahead. Now, it is time for the vacation that you have always wanted but there is a problem. How are you going to be able to maintain such a strict diet and vigorous workout routine while away from home? My honest answer would be to use common sense. If you need a salad at dinner, eyeball the menu of wherever you are eating and do your best. If you spill over your calorie limit for the day by a couple hundred or more, you will be just fine.

Often, the fitness-obsessed among us will start panicking once they set their bags in their room, worried that they will freak out if they don’t get a workout in. First, sit down and let yourself chill out. There have been many studies done that actually suggest a one week break where you don’t lift weights or perform intense exercises for a week or more. Head over to the main desk of the hotel that you will be staying at and see what they have to say. Oftentimes, their jobs are to recommend services tailored to the guest needs and trust me, you aren’t going to be one of the first who are wanting to be fit.

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For example, when I recently stayed in Mexico, I was needing something to get my workouts in and I went to the front desk to see what they could do for me. They recommend a hike that was sure to be intense. I figured that would be a great way to start the day and off I went to the bus to my destination. I was so excited to challenge myself while on vacation, I am always looking for something to raise my adrenaline. The hike got me away from the work world that I wanted to escape for a while and it kept it pumped up. I was so ready to get back on the bus when I was done, I have to admit that I couldn’t keep up and had to call it quits early. After I came back to the front desk, all tired and sweaty, I gave him a tip and a thank you for one of the coolest experiences of my life.

Make Sure You Ask the Locals for Directions to Workout Centers!

Make friends with the hotel staff, they have often lived in the area and will be most valuable to find the hidden gems in their community. I often see people asking fellow travelers about what to do on a faraway trip, which amuses me. Why would you ask someone what to do to stay fit and workout on a vacation when they are in the same boat as you? Many hotels will have gyms setup within them, where you can bust out some reps to stay nice and buff at the beach. Another tidbit if your hotel doesn’t have a gym would be to lookup any local fitness centers or gyms, check around and you really end up surprising yourself. Listen to the locals can also be applied while you are out shopping at local spots. This is a wise tip if your front desk person is elderly or someone that you know does not see a gym very often.

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