This week we caught up with Jessica Thiefels, of Honest Body Fitness, a US based online health magazine to see what her advice would be when it comes to staying on the fitness wagon while enjoying your time away. If you’re life consists of fitness and wanderlust inspired adventures, then you’ll love this guide to training while you travel.

 

“When you hear the word “vacation,” you don’t think of treadmills or gyms—and don’t worry, we aren’t going to tell you to  become a VIP member at your hotel’s fitness facility. Instead, we want you to enjoy those mojitos you’re envisioning; we want you to relax on the beach with the sun overhead and waves lapping your toes—all while staying fit in between drinks.

 

Image of two sun loungers on the beach. If you're not into lying around on holiday then you'll love this guide to Training While You Travel

 

You can balance your R&R with healthy, energetic and sweat-inducing activities so you’ll feel amazing in your new vacation wear without hiding in a dark gym. Instead, use these travel-approved fitness hacks to move more often without compromising your leisure time.

 

Choose Physically Active Excursions

You can always book a standard sightseeing tour, but wouldn’t it be more exciting to do something that allows you to experience the local scenery while getting exercise at the same time? And we don’t mean taking a jog around the city. Instead, take a biking tour, paddleboard along the coast, swim in the ocean or hike up a mountain, all of which boost your heart-rate and offer unforgettable views of the surrounding area.

To find nearby attractions, check out TripAdvisor’s top-rated suggestions, where you also have access to dozens of reviews to help you choose the best options.

 

Image of a man running with mountains and a lake in the background. Choosing active excursions is key to Image of two sun loungers on the beach. If you're not into lying around on holiday then you'll love this guide to Training While You Travel

 

Walk Instead of Using Public Transit

Before you hail a taxi or use a metrocard, consider walking to your next destination instead. With a GPS on most smartphones, you can navigate urban areas on foot, and if you lose track of where you’re headed, just ask a local for directions. This alternative to public transit is an opportunity to soak in the culture of that region while enjoying the health benefits of walking, which The Huffington Post reports improves weight management and reduces stress.

 

Bring a Wearable on Your Adventures

Activity trackers are among the latest trends in fitness, and the hype surrounding them is well-deserved. These devices are compact, convenient, great for on-the-go activities and programmed with features to keep you accountable, even if you’re a thousand miles away from home. A wearable reminds you to move if you’ve been sitting with a drink for too long and can keep track of vacation-specific goals, like taking enough steps each day to keep up with your fitness.

If you don’t already have one, purcahse before leaving—but don’t waste too much vacation money on it. Check out this wearables pricing guide to find an inexpensive model, which will still help you stay accountable to movement during vacation.

 

Image of a woman stretching on a bridge while wearing a monitoring wrist device. Wearable devices are key to Image of a man running with mountains and a lake in the background. Choosing active excursions is key to Image of two sun loungers on the beach. If you're not into lying around on holiday then you'll love this guide to Training While You Travel

 

Keep Portable Workout Gear On-Hand

No matter how stuffed your luggage is, there might be extra space for lightweight gym essentials such as jump ropes, (empty) sandbag kettlebells, suspension bands, TRX cables and other portable gear. This equipment won’t add too much weight to your suitcase and it can be used anywhere, from the beach to your hotel room. Here are a few beach and hotel room workouts to use if you want to take the guesswork out of your vacation workouts:

 

 

 

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Find Balance on Vacation

No matter how often you jetset between airports, hotels and foreign destinations, your commitment to an active lifestyle doesn’t need to take a backseat. Fitness and wanderlust can complement each other if you’re willing to get creative, make an effort, and dedicate the time. Instead of feeling caught in the middle of your workout goals and travel priorities, choose both—you just might have the trip of a lifetime.”

 

BIO: Jessica Thiefels has been writing for more than ten years and is currently a full-time writer, ACE Certified Personal Trainer and NASM Certified Fitness Nutrition specialist. She’s also the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Honest Body Fitness, an online health magazine for women who are fed up with being told how to look and how to get there, yet still don’t feel like enough.  She’s written for Shape, Reader’s Digest, AARP, Snap Fitness, 24 Hour Fitness and more. Follow her on TwitterFacebook and Instagram for health articles, workouts tips and more.

 

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