While packing for vacation you may be wondering if you should replace your workout clothes with more shoes.
After all, this is vacation right?
The entire point is to take a break from it all and that includes workouts too right?
If you Google searched “should I work out on vacation”, you would find over 40 million different AND correct answers.
But which answer is correct for you?
Here are five things to consider to come up with YOUR perfect answer on the vacation workout question.
Consider Your Goals
What are you working to achieve?
Before blindly following vacation workout advice, consider what is necessary to reach your goals.
Skipping your workouts can be great for weight maintenance or after a period of intense training.
If you are in the thick of your weight loss journey or struggle with consistency then you keeping the daily sweat sessions will likely be beneficial.
Consider Your Non-Exercise Vacation Activity Level
Is your idea of a great vacation kayaking in the lake and hiking in the mountains, reading by the pool and exploring all of the local eateries, or all of the above?
When it comes to your vacation workout approach, how active you are outside of your workouts matters.
If you are on a weight loss journey and your favorite vacation activities are relatively inactive, skipping your daily sweat session may not be the most beneficial choice. However, if your vacation activities are really active, swapping your normal workouts for more time enjoying your favorite vacation activities could work out just right for you.
Consider Your Vacation Eating Habits
You knew this one was coming right? Can I just share something with you? If my family goes on vacation, you BETTER BELIEVE that we are checking out the famous local eateries to see what all of the hype is about EVEN IF they are not famous for figure friendly food.
THIS is how we roll….
If you looked at those pictures of my family HAPPILY waiting in a ridiculously long line at a famous San Diego donut shop and thought “Yesssss- that’s my kind of vacation” then keep those daily sweat sessions going.
If you question my sanity (and maybe even credibility as a fitness strategist) for standing in a line that long to get donuts because you would never be caught dead eating a donut except during specified cheat meals then happy reading to you. Go ahead and swap that gym time for poolside reading if you want.
Consider Your Vacation Wardrobe
Can we say this together?