Most people travel for relaxation purposes during vacation. In fact, the first image that pops into your mind when you mention the word "vacation" is lying on the sand, watching the waves crash beautifully on the shore while you soak the wonderful warmth of the sun and sip on a refreshing fruit juice.
But staying fit and healthy during your vacation is just as important as relaxing. You might find it hard to believe but yes, you can stay in tiptop shape while you're in transit. Here are some ways on how to do just that.
During Trip Preparation
Proper planning is the key to staying in shape during your vacation. First, think about the nature of your trip. If it's all about luxurious pampering then you really won't be able to stretch much of your muscles. But if you plan it with some outdoor activities here and there, then the purpose won't be too hard to achieve. For example, instead of just planning to get a massage all day long at the beach resort where you are staying, plan to do water sports activities like jet skiing, sailing, fishing, boating, kayaking, surfing, and so on.
You should also identify possible barriers to your physical activity such as weather, busy schedule, and so on. Plan how you can work around these obstacles.
Look for a hotel that has a swimming pool or a gym. It's also a good idea to book an accommodation in a place that is closely located to the gym (if the hotel doesn't have one), walking trails, or park.
When packing, bring items that will help you exercise. Examples are swimsuits, walking/running shoes, exercise clothes made of fast-drying synthetic fabrics, jump rope, resistance bands, and exercise DVD.
At the Airport
Arrive early at the airport so you avoid the pressure of rushing through the check-in counters. This also gives you some time to work out your body. For one, you can walk laps around the terminal while waiting for your flight. It's a good way to pass the time so you don't get bored.
On Your Destination
If you have booked for a hotel room with a swimming pool or gym, make sure that you use these. Even if not, find a nearby gym and workout first thing in the morning so you won't forget about your exercise routine for the day.
Also, instead of joining bus tours, go for guided walking tours. It would be best to wear a pedometer so you know how many steps you're taking every day. This would encourage you to walk more each day.
Avoid using the elevator. Climb the stairs going to your room. This will not only keep you in shape but also help save the environment by reducing energy consumption.