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Fun And Enjoyable Ways To Stay In Shape While On Vacation

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Vacations are meant for taking a load off, but if you’re like me, skipping workouts is not on the agenda, no matter how long I’m away from home.

Making workouts interesting and fun, and using your surroundings can be a challenge but it can always be done!

Whether you have a gym available or not, there is always something fun you can do to stay fit and active while on vacation.

How about horseback riding through the countryside or surfing a wave on a lush tropical island? Have you ever wanted to learn stand-up paddling or kite surfing?

Your vacation get-a-way has the potential to teach you how to workout in exciting and enjoyable ways that differs from your normal routine.

I love the variety and sometimes totally unique exercises I do while on vacation, from playing Frisbee on the beach to playing muddy horse-shoes in the rain, dancing like a wild woman in front of a big bonfire, climbing large hay bales, hiking through dense forests and mountain biking in dry river beds. All of which I love!

My exercise is always fun and enjoyable and it never feels like work to me. After all, I’m on “playcation!!!”

Find out if your travel destination has a bicycle path, then rent bikes and get a closer look at the countryside while pedaling through it.

For a slower pace, ask if your vacation destination has a self-guided walking tour.

For example, the Aria Las Vegas, has a “Hotel Hike” designated to target the same muscles you would use on a regular hike.  You are given a hike leader who will take you on a tour of the Grand Hotel past restaurants, the casino, and the art installations. Escalators are off limits for this unique hiking experience.

Try walking everywhere you can, no cars when at all possible. You will enjoy your trip far more if you stay out of the car.

Wake up early to start your day the right way and go for a morning swim. Even if the hotel pool isn’t big enough for laps, just tread water for 15 minutes.

I also enjoy speed-walking while on vacation because it is a great way to explore and see the sights.

When I vacation close to a beach or at a resort I like to get my speed-walks in, and it feels great to challenge myself and explore a new area.

Another great source of cardio is light jogging, you can do it virtually anywhere and all it takes is a pair of tennis shoes that you are probably packing anyway.

If it’s cold and wet outside and you can’t walk or run, then you can always jump rope! I always pack a light-weight jump rope in my travel kit in-case I can’t get outside.

Body weight exercises are also a great way to stay in shape and workout while away from your regular gym.

Body weight exercises like push ups, sit ups, lunges and more can all be done in the comfort of your hotel room. These exercises target all areas of the body and require little space and no equipment.

You can set aside 20 to 30 minutes everyday for your hotel workout. Yes, every day!

Since you’re not lifting heavy weights, you don’t need to worry too much about muscle soreness or muscle breakdown. Your muscles will fully recover by the next day.

If you do want to lift some weight, look around your hotel room for some props. Find something that weighs about 10 pounds and that you can hold easily in one or both hands. Be creative – a filled duffle bag, a laptop, a lamp base – just about anything you can lift will do.

When on vacation, think of your exercise time as playful movement, any movement, not necessarily something that you have to perform at a gym.

Getting away from your normal routine is good for your body, good for your mind and good for your soul.

By freeing yourself up in this way, you open your mind to new possibilities and new ways to move your body and have fun while enjoying your vacation destination!

Healthy travels!

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~ Gena Livings




  1. I love when there are dedicated walking/jogging paths so we don’t have to bear the hotel gym. Disney is great for this, they’re all over the place!
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    • Hello Scott,
      I agree! I find dedicated walking/jogging paths so much more enjoyable than being inside a gym! Thank you for your comment!

      Healthy blessings,
      Gena 🙂

  2. We are looking forward to a move to Sedona…I want to hike every trail! Do you know of a map that lists all the trails?

    • I Sharyn,
      If you google “Sedona Hiking Trails” you will be provided with the Best resources at your finger tips.

      Enjoy your stay in Sedona and the beauty that surrounds you!

      Healthy blessings,
      Gena 🙂

  3. So many great ideas – and so inspirational! Thank you for sharing!
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    • Hello Laurel!
      Thank you for reading my article. I am always happy to share my insights and I’m so pleased that you found this topic to be inspirational.

      Healthy blessings,
      Gena 🙂

  4. Gena,

    I love the topic, great article. I will be working out every morning before I lay on my lounge chair real soon!
    I found your suggestion of treading water very interesting. I never have done this in the pool. I am looking forward to walking on the beach, doing some ab classes and walking on a trail.
    I see you like power walking but that might be to fast for me. My pace is slow but I’m grateful for what I can do.

    Thank you for your inspiring post to remind me to make sure I work out in the morning before I rest on the lounge chair.
    Sending you love and light
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    • Hi Bonnie,

      Thank you for reading my article. I am glad you found some of these suggestions helpful. Treading water is indeed a wonderful and effective workout!!

      Treading water engages both the upper and lower body and involves moving the arms and legs to keep the head above water while the body is upright.

      Because of the distinct properties of water, this exercise promotes muscle endurance, strength, flexibility and weight loss through burning calories.

      Enjoy your trip and your morning workouts!

      Healthy blessings,
      Gena 🙂

  5. Hi Gena

    You have inspired me to create change by going into the deep watee . I will experiment BT treading water and maybe swimming under the water creating a new story. 🙂
    I will be sure to do my morning workout before relaxing for the day on vacation.
    Thank you for the reminder. 🙂

    Sending you love and light.

    • Wow!!! I love that I have inspired you to take a “risk” and venture out into the deep water!!
      I love it!!
      Healthy blessings
      Gena 🙂

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