With traveling becoming safe again as more people are being vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, more and more people are getting back into seeing the world.
Traveling and taking vacations are leisure activities, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t be active at all while on vacation. In fact, being inactive and eating poorly can make you feel worse than before you started traveling, likely defeating the purpose of taking a vacation in the first place.
Vacations present some of the best opportunities for you to be more active than you probably are at home. Here are four simple ways to stay active during a vacation.
#1: Take the Stairs Over the Elevator
This is a simple action to help you stay active during your vacation— especially if your hotel room is on the second, third, or even fourth floors. Of course, if your room is on a very high floor, you may opt for taking the elevator.
All of this depends on how active you already are. If you’re constantly working out, then taking the stairs to the third or fourth floors may not seem like too big of a deal, but if you’ve never worked out a day in your life, you’ll need to start smaller.
Try taking the stairs instead of the elevator/escalator in any two-story buildings you may visit, such as a mall.
#2: Visit the Gym
If you’re staying in a hotel while traveling, odds are the hotel will have a gym. Visiting the gym after a long day of sightseeing and activities is a great way to help you wind down from the day.
Traveling can be stressful all by itself, so hitting the gym right after you check-in and unpack can also be beneficial to both your mental and physical health.
Most hotels also have a pool, so if the gym isn’t your thing then you can always get some exercise, blow off some steam, and relax by swimming. Again, if you’ve never been very active before, or even if you can’t swim, just simply walking around in a pool is a good form of exercise.
#3: Go for a Walk/Walk to Your Destinations
This one can be done on almost any type of vacation. Maybe you’re not staying in a hotel— maybe you’re staying in a one-story home with no stairs, gym, or pool.
Depending on how far away your temporary home is away from attractions, you can opt to walk in the place of driving or using public transportation and rideshare services.
You can also go for a walk to take in the scenery and other sights. Because vacations involve some level of exploring, you’re probably already likely to be doing a lot of walking.
#4: Participate in ‘Active’ Activities
Traveling is a relaxing experience, but it’s also a great way to learn new things, whether it be a new language, trying new food, or learning a new skill.
Even when you’re on a vacation you have the chance to try some really active activities, whether it be hiking through the mountains, surfing on a beach, skiing down slopes, or even learning to spin a reel at a lake.
It’s also a good idea to plan what activities you’d like to participate in before you start your travels. This way, you’ll be more prepared and these “active” activities will seem less like work and more like fun.
Although vacations are supposed to be relaxing and taking time away from work, you can easily sneak in some activity without it feeling like an entire workout. Staying active is super important, and not just because of the physical health benefits.
While a nice vacation is relaxing, staying active can also help you relax and relieve stress. You’re likely to feel more relaxed and energetic than you felt before you took a vacation.