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3 Ways to Maintain Fitness When Traveling

It’s that time of year when a lot of us are starting to dream of going on vacation. Whether you are planning something extravagant or just going to the next town over, your travel plans probably include taking a little downtime.

While you deserve to take a break from your workout routine, it’s important to stay at least somewhat active over your vacation. If you take too much time off from your exercise routine, you’ll start to lose all the gains you have made. Fortunately, you don’t need to log hours on the treadmill while your family has fun at the beach to maintain your fitness.

Stay Fit on Vacation Without Spending Your Days at the Gym

These tips can help you maintain your fitness level when you need a break so that you can come back in the same shape as you were when you left home.

1. Think short and sweaty

You aren’t taking a vacation just to go to the gym, so keep your workouts short and sweaty. A 15-minute high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workout can burn more calories than a 40-minute moderate-intensity workout. Focus on going all out for 15 minutes a few times during your vacation to increase your heart rate and keep your muscles in shape.

You can find HIIT workouts online or make up your own using whatever equipment is available or bodyweight exercises. A circuit of jumping jacks, squats, pushups, burpees, and mountain climbers will boost your heart rate, plus you can do it all from the comfort of your hotel room.

2. Hit the pool

If your vacation includes a pool, make an effort to do more than just lounge by it. Swim a few laps or just walk around the pool to get your heart rate up and work your muscles. Water adds up to 14 percent resistance compared with land, so walking in the water will help you burn some extra calories.

The same is true for any body of water. Getting into the water at the beach is another great way to have fun and get some extra movement in at the same time.

3. Don’t forget to stretch

The great thing about stretching is that you can do it anywhere! It’s the perfect way to unwind in your hotel room at the end of a busy (or relaxing) day on vacation.

Do some stretches before heading out for the day and at night to relax your tired muscles so you can get some much-needed rest. Gentle stretching can also prepare your body for a long flight or drive, so make sure to stretch before you depart for home.

Stay Loose with Help from the Stretch Spot

Whether you are just getting started with your fitness routine or are an athlete looking to reach that next level, we are here to help you get the most out of your body so you can feel your best with every step you take.

Stretch therapy can help you release tension while improving your posture and flexibility. Schedule an appointment at the StretchSPOT to get started!

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Sneak More Fitness into Your Day

At first, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommendation of getting 150 minutes per week might sound like a lot. Broken down, though, that’s only 30 minutes of activity, five days a week.

Even better! You don’t need to fit 30 minutes of activity in all at once. Breaking your activity down into several short bursts of activity can be just as effective as exercising for 30 minutes at a time.

If you are struggling to find 30 minutes to be active a day, you aren’t alone. A 2018 report from the CDC found that less than 25 percent of Americans achieved the minimum guidelines regularly. Fortunately, there are several ways to sneak activity into your daily routine so you can sit less and move more without feeling the impact on other aspects of your life.

5 Ways to Move More Throughout the Day

1. Walk and Talk

Walk around your office or home the next time you are on a phone call with a colleague instead of sitting at your desk. Even standing instead of sitting will give you benefits by increasing your heart rate and burning a few extra calories.

2. Exercise During Commercials

You don’t need to give up watching TV to be more active. Designate each commercial break to run through a quick workout. Target one muscle group per commercial or do a full-body workout. For example, do 10 jumping jacks, 10 crunches, five pushups, and five squats during each commercial break. You could also march in place until the commercial break is over.

3. Stretch and Cook

Put that awkward time when you are waiting for your meal to heat up in the microwave to good use. Start with some shoulder rolls, then stretch your calves, glutes, hips, and arms. Use this trick at work while you heat your lunch and at home as you cook dinner on the stove.

4. Find Ways to Walk Further

Walking is an excellent exercise, and there are plenty of ways to add it to your day. Park your car far from the door to the grocery store. Use the bathroom on the floor below your office instead of the one that’s only 20 feet away from your desk. Take a walk after meals to improve digestion and keep your blood flowing. Short, five-minute walks quickly add up over the course of a day.

5. Set a Movement Timer

Set a timer on your phone, watch, or computer that will remind you to move regularly. For example, set a timer to move for five minutes per hour. Get up and walk around the building, do some jumping jacks or squats, or just stand and stretch at your desk for five minutes. If you do this once an hour for every hour of your workday, you will have completed more than 30 minutes of activity before you leave the office.

Commit to Moving More

With these easy ways to be more active, there’s no excuse not to meet the minimum activity requirements of moving 150 minutes per week. Commit to moving more throughout the day so you can enjoy the health benefits that come from being more active. Your heart, lungs, mind, and muscles will all thank you.