This is actually another good point as to why free weight exercise is better than machines. When you travel it makes keeping your fitness regime at least on a maintenance plan.
This is for all of you who are planning a vacation sometime in the next year. I do not expect you to maintain a vigorous exercise regime over the course of your vacation. Actually, I usually recommend that you do not commit to a formal exercise program while on vacation. What? Did you hear that right?
Yes you did. For those of you who exercise regularly (those who don’t, well this one won’t much apply to you quite as much!) it is important to remember that your body actually needs time off. Yes, rest is just as important as exercise. Without rest you are going to do more harm than good to yourself in the long term.
I see exercise on vacation as important for one (or all) of three reasons:
Here is the main point though. Do not stress about changing your fitness program. Take your vacation as an opportunity to let your body rest and to experience new things. Instead of doing your workouts on vacation see what kind of active options are available on your travels. Hikes, swimming, horseback riding, climbing, scuba, racquet spots, and a variety of other activities could be available to you. Make us of them and recognize that 3 hours of snorkelling a Caribbean reef in ocean waves is actually a pretty good workout!
Your body will love the changes as will your mind from the regime you normally follow at home.
What I do not advocate is eating as much food as you can stuff in your face while using mechanized transport to get you from one eatery to another. Don’t be a disgusting lazy slob. Be smart. Enjoy the time, keep moving and active, try something you never have before, and get back on track when you return.
Simple and fun!