Holidays are a time to relax and take a break from your regular routine. While it’s important to enjoy your time away, maintaining an exercise regime while on holidays is easier than you may think, and can provide a great feel-good start to the day. Fortunately, with a few adjustments, you can still fit in your workouts without sacrificing precious holiday time.
Cut Back on Training
If you’re away for a week then you likely won’t notice a difference in your fitness or strength if you take a complete break, you may even benefit from the recovery time. If you’re away for two weeks or longer then you may want to continue training but reduce the volume. This will enable you to maintain performance and reduce fat gain. This damage control can be a great way to get in some much-needed rest while reaping the many benefits of training.
Use Hotel Furniture
While many hotels have a gym, you don’t necessarily need access to one to exercise. Much of the furniture in your hotel room or apartment can be utilised to provide challenging exercise options. Lunges, squats, core exercises, and push-ups can be performed without any equipment at all. Chairs can be used for step ups and elevated lunges; empty or partially full suitcases can even be used for bent over rows and overhead shoulder press exercises.
Pack your running shoes and go for a run, walk or hike while exploring your surroundings. If you’re used to strength training, there’s nothing to say that you can’t change your routine and get in some cardio, which will likely improve your endurance when performing weighted exercises when you get back to your regular regime. Find some stairs and do some sprints, or use them to perform bodyweight exercises like climbing squat jumps.
If you choose to continue exercising while you’re on holidays, reduce the volume, do something you enjoy, and aim to exercise first thing in the morning so that you can enjoy the rest of your day— it is a holiday after all!