Mix Up Your Workout While Traveling

Whether you're on vacation or away on business, exercise can take on a new form while you're on the road. So if your normal routine isn't possible, be flexible and devise a new one. When you're on vacation, after some resting and relaxing, it will probably feel good to start exercising again. Or if you travel frequently on business, you may want to work out but are tired of the same old hotel fitness centers with their basic treadmills and weights. So why not give your normal workout routine a vacation too? Read on for some ideas on how to work up a sweat in ways you might not have considered before. On-the-Road Exercise Variety: Think Out of the Box There are plenty of ways to get in a good workout while you're traveling or on vacation — and you don't need to use a single step from your regular workout routine. Consider some of these ideas for a start: Take a walk. Explore your new surroundings on foot — doing a little sightseeing at a brisk, work-up-a-sweat pace will make the time fly by. Engage in some water fun. If you're near the ocean, go swimming, surfing, snorkeling, or recruit some players for a lively game of beach volleyball or water polo. Think pedal power. Rent a bike and cycle the city — it's a great way to explore all the while you’re burning calories! Play a game. Why not have a little fun? You're on a trip, after all. Check out a local course and hit a round or two of golf, or play a few friendly games of tennis on a local court. Go shopping. Walking briskly through a mall or hitting the streets while carrying packages can actually be good exercise. Take a hike. On vacation in the mountains or visiting a location with good hiking trails nearby? Head out for a healthy hike. Related: Eating Healthy on the Road Gear Up For a Run Going jogging while you’re away from home is a great way to make this type of exercise more fun. Local parks, trails, and waterfronts can provide great new scenery for you to enjoy. Your hotel may have recommendations for good places to run and many are also able to provide maps of local trails. Some people actually plan vacations around jogging and hiking routes. If you're an avid runner and look forward to the opportunity to take a run through new sights and sounds, do your research before you go. "You don’t have to go to a gym; just bring your running shoes and [explore what's] outside," says David Lytle, editorial director of Frommers.com, a travel site. "Most large public parks have running courses. Research ahead of time where those parks might be if you'd like to use them," he recommends.

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