Spring break is upon us for those of us in Seattle. Many families like to get away, whether it is to somewhere warm and sunny or a new city to explore. Vacation is a time to unwind and leave all of your cares and stresses behind. We use the time to relax, play, spend time with loved ones, eat delicious food and have grand new adventures.
While we may have abandoned our usual routines, it does not mean we are doomed to gain five pounds and lose all of our muscle tone. Many people spend months before a vacation working out and monitoring their food intake so they will be in great shape on the trip. Realistically, while you are travelling your exercise routine is going to fall by the wayside. The good news is there are ways to stay fit while on holiday that can be incorporated into the trip and are so fun you don’t even realize you are getting a workout.
This spring break try some of these ideas to get in your exercise:
1. Walk- on the beach or in a city, you can walk no matter what type of vacation you take. Walking is one of the best forms of exercise out there. It is easy on your joints, gives you a cardiovascular workout and it moves all the major muscles in your body. Try swinging your arms and varying your pace for some variety.
2. Make Activity Part of the Trip – is there a local hike you could sign up for? Maybe you could go ziplining, windsurfing, or mountain biking. You will be learning a new skill, seeing new sights, and getting a workout.
3. Play – bring a Frisbee or a Nurf football. Play catch, dodge, feint, and sprint to the end zone.
4. Workout in Your Room -no equipment necessary. There is nothing better than a good old fashioned boot camp style workout. Do 20 pushups, 50 sit ups, 20 leg lifts on each side, 20 squats, and 50 jumping jacks. Repeat 3 times. Try moving your arms out wide and in hugging your sides while doing the pushups to work different muscles. Vary your position for the sit ups- lie on your back with your legs bent up on the bed for one set, then lie on your back with your legs out straight, bring the soles of your feet together to make frog legs for the next set. Do leg lifts standing up the first round and then lying down for the second.
5. Visit a Playground– your kids will have a blast and so will you. Use the monkey bars, do pull ups. Try some tricep dips on the parallel bars. Swinging on the swings is not only fun, it is an excellent workout for your core.
This spring break you don’t have to get all jiggly. You also do not have to spend hours at the gym or stress out about following a routine. Make your workout fun. Play. Have a great time and stay fit.