Taking a vacation often means taking a vacation from your workout routine, too.
It doesn't have to. Before you roll your eyes, hear me out.
Right now I'm in Australia, visiting my best friend, Megan, and you better believe there's no way I'm spending hours on a treadmill when I could be outside holding a koala. (Yes, that's on my itinerary.)
But I am staying active without missing out on the fun there is to experience in the land down under. If you don't want to undo all your hard work in the gym, check out these 5 tips on staying in shape while sight-seeing.
1. Don't be a beach bum.
Instead of laying on the beach ALL afternoon, squeeze in a walk on the beach, too. Or play Frisbee. Or take a dip in the ocean. Schedule a surfing lesson. Go on a hike. Take a tour of the city by bike. (I took a bike tour while on vacation in Chicago last summer, and it was my favorite part of the trip!) There are a ton of options to keep you moving that won't feel like exercise. Be creative.
2. Eat whatever you want.
I love to try new food and will indulge when it comes to dining. But I don't eat everything in sight. Practice portion control. And never say no to gelato.
3. Check out a local 5K, cycling event or fitness class.
Running or cycling in a local event is a great way to explore the city. Or, if you're a group fitness fan, check out a class unique to the place you're visiting. Megan always brags about a bounce class she attends at her gym in Brisbane. It's structured around a mini trampoline! I've never heard of a class like that in Nebraska, so I'm going to check it out with her one of the days I'm there. It's something I'm looking forward to. If you'd hate it, though, don't force it.
4. Don't drive everywhere.
Instead of renting a car or taking a bus, sight-see on foot or by bike. You see so much more, and many cities, especially overseas, are very walkable. You might find a local eatery with the best cookies in town, discover a shop off the beaten path to buy a souvenir or stumble across a picture-perfect photo op.
5. Pack at least one workout outfit and tennis shoes.
Even if you don't plan on exercising during your trip, you never know when inspiration will strike. Be prepared. If you discover the perfect running route near your hotel, you might want to lace up your sneakers for an early morning run.
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