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Do you Workout on Vacation?

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Question of the WeekFor some of us that concept may seem like an oxymoron. At least it did for me for YEARS! Working out is work so NO I don’t workout on vacation. Right?

Not any more, now, I actually look forward to checking out the workout rooms at my hotels or jogging on a new terrain, even doing lapse in a hotel pool. These things have become part of my way to unwind and relax! Even giving me, ‘me’ time on vacation when I’m with the family. Because all of us moms know, you never get a vacation from being a mom. ;~P

So I’m curious. Is my new found love of exercising while away common? Do you workout on vacation and if you do, have you always?

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    August 14, 2008

    I do, mostly walking. It helps me enjoy all the great, different food I try :) It also helps me to get used to the time zone in a way ;)


    August 14, 2008

    Yes,,I use the gm with my husband on cruise ships, usually walk or run on land vacations..I feel So much better if I try and keep my exercise routine while on vacation..At one time I was,,hey I’m on vacation,,this is my time from the routine,,but over the past severals years I’ve learned to actually think of work-outs as time I deserve for myself…and a positive thing..not something I have to do; but get to do…


    August 14, 2008

    I’m trying to get into that routine, esp. as I start traveling for work.


    August 14, 2008

    Hi there, Roni! I just got back from a 9-day vacation and I didn’t work out. Not that I didn’t want to, I just didn’t have the opportunity. No, you’re not weird at all for wanting to exercise. It’s how we live our lives now. It’s engrained in us. It would be like saying, “You can’t breathe while on vacation.” Have a great time, hon!


    August 14, 2008

    Absolutely I really tried this year to something every day on vacation. It was mostly hiking as we were in the Black Hills.


    August 14, 2008

    This past 4th of July, the hubby and I decided to go the beach and we picked a condo that had a gym and tennis facility (we actually made our pick based on this criteria). Every morning we started the day with an hour workout at the gym and then spent a lot of time playing volleyball or catch in the pool. We also played tennis one evening. I think it’s been one of the best vacations I had – I felt energized everyday. I felt good about wearing a bathing suit and shorts. I think it even influenced me to make good choices at meal times because I had no urge whatsoever to indulge like I usually do. Needless to say, we are setting a new tradition for our family vacations!


    August 14, 2008

    I usually do. My last vacation , no because we were in Vegas and we walked constantly. But if we go away for a weekend, I usually hit the fitness center at the hotel. We go to Windsor, Ontario and the have a park that goes right along the river with sidewalks and paths for walking and biking so we usually hit that for our exercise.

    Fit Bottomed Girls

    August 14, 2008

    I don’t always “work out” on vacation, but am extremely active–and actually posted about it recently. If it’s business travel and I have time, I don’t mind hitting the hotel gym.


    August 14, 2008

    Hi Roni, I have been working out and going to a gym since my first year of college (Im 42 now) and I can say that I don’t like to work out on vacation. I really have to force myself and I do not enjoy it. I know I will be eating more and that is the only thing that motivates me to workout on vacation. I feel like a vacation is to escape from every day life (which includes exercise).


    August 14, 2008

    We usually plan our vacations around active places – like going to Whistler for the idea of cross country skiing in the winter or biking/hiking in the summer, we go to the sunny places to go kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, and running. I loooove to be very active on our vacations – I feel envigorated and of course then I can enjoy the yummy food and not worry :)


    August 14, 2008

    Despite having good intentions to work out, I usually don’t. But I do try to make up for it by staying active (walking not driving, picking activities like hiking instead of watching a movie, etc).

    Laura Brandon

    August 14, 2008

    i don’t take many vacations, but when i do, no, i usually don’t work out. but the next time i take a vacation (probably in january after my sister has her baby) i may just have to see what kind of exercise i can come up with.


    August 14, 2008

    I just got back from a week at the beach and I for the first time I worked out everyday. I had two reasons for working out and in the process came up with a dozen more. Nothing felt better then talking a long run/walk on the beach in the morning. It was so refreshing and motivating that I wish I lived at the beach. It was also much more difficult to run on the beach so that was a challenge that I can now say I love to do! Working out on vacation was way better then working out at home because my mind was totally focused and clear. No thoughts of work or dinner or laundry. My senses were totally alert to my body and my surroundings. I would finish each workout with a 15 mins on the eliptical that faced the windows and opend to the ocean…totally beautiful. Needless to say all that fresh air made me sleep better than I had in months. Next time I am at the beach I want to eithe take my bike or rent bikes..this will be challenge next summer.


    August 14, 2008

    I’m on vacation right now — but not going anywhere, so I have plenty of time to get to the gym.


    August 14, 2008

    I do because I tend to go back home(Asia/Singapore/India) for vacations that are 10-12 weeks long. I Nordic walked almost everyday and did abs and resistance training on alternate days.


    August 14, 2008

    Usually vacation IS the exercise. I don’t really like the hotel workout rooms (at least in the hotels where we end up, they are certainly not super high quality). We usually do a lot of walking between activities. We love to explore the mass transportation in new cities, so there is a lot of walking to and from the stations and attractions we are going to. If we go to the beach, there is lots of swimming/snorkeling and walking, too. I probably get more exercise on vacation than I do at home! Man, I need a vacation! =)


    August 14, 2008

    I usually try to fit in some exercise on vacation, because I feel like my body deserves to be active. Why punish it by being slugging and going crazy with bad habits. Plus, I hate getting home and gaining weight, then having to work extra hard to work it off. Last weekend, I went on a camping trip and I ran both mornings- it was so nice to have time to myself to enjoy the mountains. Back in April I went on a cruise, and used the treadmills every morning. It was nice to look out the window at the water and watch as the sun was coming up and the ship was steering towards our new port. Plus, I figure it helps with all the extra eating that I do on vacation, because it’s harder to control what foods are available.

    Andrea @ Mommy Snacks

    August 14, 2008

    Well, this is the first time for me to EVER work out while vacationing. The environment was beautiful to take in on daily runs – a beach, what could be better? Plus, as other posters have stated, it’s just easier to stay in the routine while on vacation that I didn’t have any challenges coming back!


    August 14, 2008

    I just had a mini vacation and worked out ……this is new for me. I am starting to look at exercise like brushing my teeth. I need to do it on all sorts of levels…….energy, heart health, continued weight loss, stress reduction…it has become a part of my day, almost everyday. I wouldn’t go a day without brushing my teeth, so why shouldn’t I give my body the attention I give my teeth?


    August 15, 2008

    hi roni, i DID workout on vacation AND while i was traveling for business recently (well only once before hurting myself, but STILL) AND i missed my ww weigh in for 3 weeks due to vacation/work travel and was THRILLED when i stepped on the scale and had only gained a QUARTER of a pound. i really think staying active helped a lot, because i was not really OP. so, fitting in workouts was easier than staying within points AND it paid off at the scale for sure!


    August 15, 2008

    We’re going to Perth, Australia for 3 weeks next month (It’s our 10th Wedding Anniversary) and have decided not to hire a car. This way we’ll walk more, use public transport and get to see more. In the past I’ve found that I eat more healthily when we’re away and I’ve usually come home and maintained my weight at the very least, sometimes even lost! Last year we were in Las Vegas for 2 weeks and I lost 4 pounds from walking and weights (read weights as ‘carrying all the heavy bags of stuff we bought’!)

    The Baroness

    August 15, 2008

    On my last vacation, I made use of the meager hotel gym every day, but I also took full advantage of all the opportunities to walk, because the place we went was a metropolitan area. There are some vacations that have more opportunities for incidental exercise than others.


    August 15, 2008

    vacation? what’s that?


    August 15, 2008

    only if its on a cruise ship and they have a weight lifting place @_@ You dont go on vacation (at least i dont) to work out… you go to relax. but since cruise ships offer so much food, it feels nice to be able to work some of it off and then relax in a pool/spa.


    August 15, 2008

    I love to workout on vacation. Usually I get enough from just walking around seeing the sights but I still go and lift weights. When I travel for work I spend every night working out since I don’t have kids, hubby, household chores to distract me from doing it.


    August 15, 2008

    Always try to workout on vacation – great to try different gyms. Exercise needs to become part of your daily routine, even when away.

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    August 15, 2008

    Yes! I always work out on vacation. In fact, 2 of my vacations have been riding a bike in Europe with my husband. This summer we rode bikes from Venice to Florence, Italy. Two years ago we rode bikes from Salzburg to Vienna, Austria. We had so much fun, got to eat anything we wanted, and didn’t lose a pound with all that riding, but didn’t gain any either! :)


    August 16, 2008

    I do workout on vacation — except when I don’t. And I don’t only if I’m tired (usually from being active anyway). I like it that it’s a change of pace from my normal routine.