Planning a trip for spring break doesn’t have to mean that your fitness routine is going to fall by the wayside. Of course, the gym doesn’t seem very appealing in the midst of sandy beaches and sunny skies, but reaching your fitness goals is all about consistency. Fortunately, the gym isn’t the only place you can pursue those fitness goals. Spring break is the perfect time to get outdoors and enjoy the gorgeous weather while staying true to your fitness routine. When you head out for your week of fun in the sun, here are some tips to keep in mind.
Take a Walk
Walking is a great way to burn some extra calories when you may not have access to a gym. Easy to do and requiring almost no equipment, there’s really no reason (besides inclement weather) that you shouldn’t walk to and from your destinations. Instead of jumping in the car and driving a few blocks, leave a little bit earlier and walk. Not only will you get a few extra steps in your day, you’ll soak up some extra sunshine along the way!
If you’re staying somewhere warm and sunny, be sure to drink plenty of water. We all know how important water is when it comes to reaching our fitness goals so try to keep a water bottle handy. If you’re staying somewhere warm and sunny, hydration is extra important because you’ll be sweating more than usual. Aim for at least 64 ounces of water per day and if you’re outside exercising or walking, be sure to replace the fluid you lose through perspiration.
If you’ve never tried running in the sand, spring break is the perfect time to give it a go! Sand will add an element of difficulty to your runs that you may not be used to. Not only does it provide extra resistance, it also requires the use of smaller stabilizer muscles that don’t get a lot of work when you’re pounding the pavement or hitting the treadmill. In fact, running in the sand can burn up to 150 percent more calories than running on a solid surface! Try incorporating intervals into your routine to up the calorie the burn even more. And if you’re really feeling like a challenge, try sprints. You’ll definitely feel it the next day.
Hit the Grocery Store
While it may be tempting to eat convenience foods when you’re on vacation, it’s a smart idea to stop by the grocery store and pick up some healthy snacks. If you can, try to book a hotel room with a mini fridge so you can store a few healthy items to toss in your beach bag or purse. There’s certainly no reason you can’t indulge on vacation, but keeping a healthy balance is key to avoid falling off the wagon completely. Not only will your body feel better and more energetic while you’re away, it’ll be much easier to transition back into your normal routine when you return home.
Vacations don’t have to derail your fitness routine completely. Simply keep your goals in mind and structure your routine to include a healthy balance of activity and nutrition. When you get back to Fort Lauderdale, be sure to visit us at PumpFit Club for some much-needed high intensity interval training!Our South Florida HIIT classes can help you burn belly fat, slim your waist, and gain energy fast! Contact us today to discover how you can get your first class free!