Stay Active On Vacation

Hey, everyone! It’s vacation time! Don’t forget to pack your workout clothes! You didn’t think you were just going to relax the WHOLE time, did you? As a strong, healthy mom, you’ll want to stay active and work out while on vacation.

I love vacations. It’s the time of year when I get to fulfill all my regular mom responsibilities in a hotel room, at a campsite, or from the front seat of my minivan. (“Stop looking at your sister!” “Don’t you dare throw that!” “Leave your brother alone!” “Don’t eat that!” “Please don’t barf!”) Of course, there’s lots of fun and relaxation involved, too.

But how can you stay active when you’re away from home and your beloved Fit4Mom classes?

It starts with planning.

If you plan on exercising on vacation, you’ll be prepared and excited when the time comes. What do you like to do? How can you make it happen while you’re on your trip?

Here are some possibilities:

A video workout of your choice

A run on the beach or through the woods (Yes, please!)

A HIIT workout (Check out the one above.)

A swim

Some resistance band work (Don’t forget to pack your bands! They take up almost no space.)

Good old-fashioned push-ups, planks, sit-ups, and jumping jacks

OK, you’ve planned to workout. Good. Now you get to do it!

Any mom will admit that it’s not always easy to work out while on vacation. Your family needs you, and there’s tons of stuff to do. But now that you’ve planned and packed, you get to do the fun part.

Can your spouse, partner, BFF, mom, dad, brother, sister, or robo-sitter watch the kids while you work out? If so, jump on it. Some time alone would be great.

Do you want or need to stay with the family during your workout? No problem. Here are some things you can do with the kiddos or even the whole family:

· Family workout: Make it a game. Littles love to jump and play with their parents. Have races on the beach, see who can do jumping jacks the longest, create an obstacle course on a playground, or have a dance party anywhere.

· Look around: Wherever you’re vacationing, look around and see what other people are doing to stay active. They may have some cool local sport, and there’s always an opportunity to walk or rent a bike. (Have you seen those family-sized monstrosities in Galveston? I’m dying to try one.)

· Take it up a notch: If you’re staying active with your family, you might want to add some extra work for yourself. If the family is walking on the beach, run some sprints back and forth while they stroll. (Your baby might find this hilarious.) If you’re at a playground, do some push-ups, try some pull-ups on the monkey bars, run the stairs, or bust out the star jumps.

You can stay active, even away from home.

Working out on vacation takes a little planning and a little motivation, but it’s so worth it. (Don’t you always feel great after a workout at home? Think of the wonders a vacation workout could do!)

The trick is to just do it. It’s worth it.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a family-sized bicycle to rent.

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