5 ways to stay active (and have fun) on vacation

When going on vacation, exercise is often not a top priority. However, maintaining an active lifestyle on vacation will help to reduce or eliminate vacation weight gain and maintain motivation once the vacation is over. Vacations are meant to be a time off from regular routine so eliminate the stress of exercise by having fun with it!

5 ways to stay active on vacation


1. Sightsee on foot

This seems basic but walking is an excellent source of exercise while on vacation. If a sight is a 30 minute walk or a 10 minute metro ride, choose to walk. Not only are you exercising, you get a chance to sightsee at the same time. This will often lead off the tourist track where you can truly get a sense of the place you are visiting. I love walking around neighbourhoods, window shopping little shops and checking out neat cafes and restaurants I might want to visit later.

When Tom & I were in Europe, we walked a lot. While many major cities would offer hop-on-hop-off bus tours of major attractions, we chose to forgo those and walk between sites. This was our main form of exercise. The minimum we would walk in a day was around 5 hours. At max, one day we walked 10 hours.

Additionally, running as sightseeing is a great way to get out and see a city. Wake up for an early morning run and you will see the place you are visiting in a whole new light.

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2. Take the road less travelled

Have you ever walked out of a subway station, got onto the packed escalator then looked beside you and saw that one person walking up the stairs? Be that person! Staying active on vacation doesn’t have to be specifically putting on work out clothes and working out, it can be finding ways to get your heart rate up during the day and burning a few extra calories.

Taking stairs is one of the easiest way to get your heart rate climbing plus when you are that person walking up the stairs passing those people standing on the elevator, you get the right to feel a little self-righteous. I know I did, especially when Tom and I were carrying our 30 pound backpacks and still chose the stairs.

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3. Hotel gym or circuit workouts

If you want a more conventional workout, you can always see if your hotel has a gym. Planning ahead and choosing a hotel with a gym can help with your fitness goals. However, if your hotel doesn’t have a gym don’t fret! You can always do a hotel circuit workout. I love Julie from Peanut Butter Finger’s no-equipment circuit workouts. You can do a quick 25-30 minute workout when you get up in the morning and then you leave for the day already feeling accomplished.

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4. Join a fitness challenge

Before you leave for vacation, join a fitness challenge. There are always challenges such as squat challenges, plank-a-day challenges, etc. Joining a challenge will keep you motivated while you are away. Keep your progress updated on Instagram, Twitter or whatever social media you prefer. Keep it fun by doing a plank in front of a monument you are visiting or doing your squats in a famous park.

Just don’t do this type of planking challenge…



5. Look up local workout classes

Being on vacation means you are trying new things and new experiences. Check out if the area offers any fun drop in classes. Maybe there is a yoga in the park you could take part in or you could try out something unique like hotel Aria’s Indoor Hike in Las Vegas.

There are so many ways to keep fit on vacation, do whatever works best for you!

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What’s your favourite way to work up a sweat on vacation? Do you judge people on the elevator when you are taking the stairs?

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Motivation or Lack Thereof

I have a confession to make…I skipped my workout 3 days in a row. I seriously don’t know what’s going on with me because this week I have absolutely zero motivation.


Monday, I finished work and I just didn’t want to go to the gym. Since I had worked out Friday, Saturday and Sunday I figured that was okay, I deserved a break. Then on Tuesday, I was planning on going to the gym but I realized I forgot my gym membership card at home. So while I could have went home and then went back to the gym or worked out at home, I just didn’t. Then Wednesday, I knew I really had to hit the gym after my two unscheduled days off. But the end of my work day came and I found myself driving home instead of to the gym.

I was trying to figure out today why I feel so unmotivated this week. I think part of it is that I am finishing Stage 4 of the New Rules of Lifting for Women and I really don’t like this stage. Part of it is that my races until after Europe are over so I don’t have a specific training goal in mind right now. And part of it this week has been the weather. Mother nature just won’t quit! But really, these are mostly just excuses. What I really need is a swift kick in the behind.

I decided to take my own advice from my previous post, “5 ways to get yourself to the gym when you don’t want to.” And I started looking for some motivational images to get myself pumped up.  





Then I started thinking about inspirational workout people and you know who came to mind…

richard simmons

Richard Simmons was always in the mood to work out! This clip comes from a video of his called “Party off the Pounds.”

Fun fact, I actually met Richard Simmons once. I was volunteering at an Eating Disoders Conference and in the same hotel was the Women’s Health Show where he was speaking. I was working with a lady who was a HUGE Richard Simmons fan and was praying he would walk by us to get to the health show. So when he came down the hallway she ran up to him to tell him how much she loved him. Now I only wish I had a video camera to capture the moment that happened because it was gold. But I’ll give it my best try in words.

He busted out in song…

“If you want to know if he loves you so…”

He tore off his workout jacket threw it to the ground and did a big spun

“It’s in his kiss”

Then he grabbed the lady I was working with and kissed her.

But he wasn’t done. He saw me giggling and shouted “You too!”, ran over to me and kissed me.

It was quite the experience! While he may have been before my time, his energy and love of life was undeniable.

So today I have no more excuses, I’m pumped up on motivatonal quotes and Richard Simmons kisses and I am going to the gym to finish off my New Rules of Lifting for Women!

What do you do when you lack motivation? Have you ever had a celebrity encounter?

5 Ways To Get Yourself To The Gym On Days You Really Don’t Want To

I think we’ve all been there before. It’s time for your workout and all you can think about is how badly you don’t want to do it.

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I have actually drove to the gym, sat in the car for about 5 minutes arguing with myself over whether or not to go in and then drove home. Not my proudest moment…

So how do you motivate yourself on those days. Here are a couple tips & tricks that usually work for me.

1. Set a Schedule

Having a set schedule of which days you go to the gym/workout and what you plan to do can help keep you more accountable. Without a specific plan or goal in mind, it’s easier to push off your exercise until the next day.

Compare: Monday, Wednesday and Friday I am going to go to the gym and do half hour run and then 20 minutes of weights vs I am going to work out three times per week.


2. Look up Inspirational Quotes

It might sound cheesy. But sometimes a quick surf of the Pinterest Fitness board and you’re fired up and ready to kick some butt at the gym.


3. Tell yourself you are going to do an easy workout

Some days when I’m just not feeling it, I tell myself that I’ll just do an easy workout. Maybe I’ll just do an incline walk on the treadmill rather than run or I’ll cut one set short, better than nothing. It gets me to the gym but by the time I’m there I’ve forgotten about my easy workout.

4. Sign up for a class or find a workout buddy

Being accountable to someone else is one of the number one ways to stay motivated. If you have trouble getting to the gym on your own find someone and make regularly scheduled exercise plans. Or sign up to a fitness class so that you have a set time you plan on attending.


5. Think about how you feel after you workout

While it’s hard to get motivation to get to the gym. You always feel amazing after you’ve finished. So try to imagine the way you’ll feel and the progress that you’re making.


And if all else fails you can do what I did today. I was desperately craving a milkshake today. I also had zero energy or drive to go the gym. So I made a deal with myself. Go to the gym and I can have my milkshake. No gym=No milkshake. Well guess what…


That milkshake was worth every mile I ran!

Please note that I am being totally sarcastic about using this as a strategy to workout! My milkshake had more calories than what I burnt during my run. Not a very effective strategy. But some days you just have to…

Also, FYI I did not drink that entire milkshake. They consider that a small! I couldn’t believe it. Waaayy too much, I had a stomach ache after drinking half.

What do you do to motivate yourself? What’s your favourite milkshake flavour?