For many, the word “vacation” is synonymous with “relaxation.” And, hey, your time away from the real world should allow you to rest and recharge — but that doesn’t mean that you can’t do things while you’re away.
In fact, staying active on vacation might actually help you in your quest to relieve stress: exercise is one way to battle your everyday anxiety, after all. On your next trip, strike the right balance between active and restful with the following six easy tips to keep you on your feet for just enough time.
1. Wear a Pedometer
If you haven’t yet given into the pedometer craze, your vacation is the time to do it. A visual representation of the amount of exercise you’ve had will help you keep track of how much you are — or aren’t — moving. Most people strive for 10,000 steps in a day, which is totally doable if you’re exploring a new city. A stroll on the beach could be just as effective, though, so get creative to rack up your 10k!
2. Spontaneously Race
Another way to get moving on your next trip is to see if there are any citywide runs happening while you’re in town. Whether it’s a 5K or a half-marathon, you can likely sign up that morning and get into the race. You’ll get a good sweat session and a running tour of the city. You’ll likely take home a race-day souvenir, like a t-shirt or medal, too.
3. Go Somewhere Wild
We don’t mean wild as in party-ready; we mean somewhere in the wild. There’s so much about nature that inspires you to be active: hiking trails, fishing holes, rivers for kayaking… the list goes on.
There are plenty of ways to get out into nature, too, depending on your lodging preferences. You could try camping or locating a hotel that’s close enough to the nature you seek; or, as the middle ground between the two, a log cabin gives you cozy shelter in the midst of all of the natural wonder that you want to explore.
4. Window Shopping, Anyone?
Perhaps you’re going on a more metropolitan vacation. You can get moving by perusing the local markets or shop-centric streets, with or without your wallet on hand. Even if you have no intention of buying, the mere sight of shiny, new clothes and accessories will keep you entertained while you move.
Bigger cities and faraway places might also offer you the opportunity to take group walking tours to see sights like the city markets while learning more about the history and importance of what you’re seeing. Again, these sites and the tidbits of information that go with them will only make your daily activity more enriching and entertaining — it won’t even feel like fitness.
5. Don’t Rest Right Away
If it takes you a long while to travel to your destination, your first inclination might be to pass out as soon as you arrive. We suggest that you stay up instead, especially if you need to combat a case of jetlag by staying awake longer.
Even a quick stroll around the neighborhood to get your bearings will give you an energy boost; you might feel a boost in your excitement levels, too, since seeing your surroundings will remind you that you are on vacation.
6. Get Enough Sleep
It might seem counterintuitive, but rest plays a vital role in your vacation activity levels. Obviously, logging ample restful hours means that you’ll wake up feeling energized, refreshed and ready for some sort of activity.
The cycle goes on, though, because exercise has been explicitly linked to higher-quality sleep for its practitioners. So, if you’re on vacation and looking to stay active, it’ll have to go hand-in-hand with sleep for the best results. Who doesn’t want the green light to sleep a little later on vacation?!
The destination for your next trip could be anywhere. Whether it’s Spain or San Diego, Mexico or Manhattan, one thing is for sure: you’ll have no trouble finding a handful of activities that fulfill your need for fitness while on the road. And, even more importantly, a vacation that incorporates these types of active pursuits will be a vacation that you won’t soon forget.
Guest Post By . . .
Kacey is a lifestyle blogger for The Drifter Collective. Throughout her life, she has found excitement in the world around her. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations, cultures, and styles, while communicating these endeavors through her passion for writing and expression. Her love for the world around her is portrayed through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts.