The Ins and Outs of Working Out On Vacation

working out on vacation

working out on vacation

Happy New Year's Eve!!! Definitely doing a lot of reflecting this week (and what better place to do it than paradise!?) and I'll be writing a 2016 reflection and 2017 goals post next weekend when I'm settled back into my apartment. :) But for now, let's talk about working out on vacation.

As far as I can remember, family vacations have always been extremely active. I know a lot of people think of lounging around when they think of vacation, but my family just doesn't roll that way (and thank God for that!). I love working out on vacation because it makes me feel GOOD, not because I feel like I have to.

working out on vacation

working out on vacation

(Day 1 at the beach was so fun. Saw a giant turtle, swam around and relaxed in the sun)

We always do a ton of walking (I swear when we went to Europe like 5 summers ago we walked 10 miles every dang day), hiking, swimming, etc. and I always fit in at least some of my own workouts on vacation too.

This trip we rented a house in the mountains of Kona Hawaii because we wanted more of a chill vibe (we aren't really into the crazy resort scene) and it's been heavenly. But I'm not going to lie, the thought of a little over a week without a gym was a little daunting to me. My early morning runs and lifts are my me time, where I kickstart my day and clear my head.

working out on vacation

working out on vacation

(How gorgeous is this?! That pavilion is my workout spot and it's amazing)

Since fitness and working out is such a  passion of mine, I knew I would incorporate it into my days here somehow, gym or no gym.

So far I've gotten in a super intense HIIT workout on the outdoor pavilion and ran along the beach with my dad (followed by this gorgeous acai bowls from Basik Cafe) and although it isn't my usual routine I've actually enjoyed it. I plan on doing more HIIT and ab/arm workouts on the pavilion and another New Year's Day run with my dad because I have to squeeze as many gorgeous outdoor workouts in as I can here. :)

working out on vacation

working out on vacation

So even if you don't have a gym on vacation, get creative! That's all it takes to keep up with a healthy and active lifestyle while away from home. Below are five ways to help you do just that next time you take a trip:

  1. YouTube bodyweight HIIT workouts: I simply typed in "intense body weight only HIIT" and there were A TON of different options. There are workouts ranging from a quick 15 minutes to more difficult hour long workouts. You can also search HIIT workouts that target certain muscles.

  2. YouTube Yoga With Adriene: Obviously YouTube is your workout buddy while on vacation lol I love love love Yoga With Adriene videos and it's actually what I always use at home too when I want to roll out my mat. She has yoga flows for literally everything and anything (some of my favorites are yoga for confidence, yoga for anxiety and this short travel yoga flow). Perfect way to get your body movie and clear you mind.

  3. Invest in resistance bands: I bought resistance bands on Amazon a few months ago and they've been a life saver! They're super cheap, don't take up much room and are great for leg/booty workouts. If you aren't sure what exercises to do with them just YouTube (again lol) or search around on Pinterest.

  4. Whip out the good old Kayla Itsines ab/arm workouts: I'm not a huge BBG fan (been there done that, but I like lifting and squatting heavy sh*t in the gym way more), but it's definitely helpful when you don't have access to weights and machines. Search BBG routines on Pinterest and tons will pop up. I did one of the arm routines today and can definitely feel the burn!

  5. Plan a few active outings for the whole family: As much as I love my alone time in the morning working out, it's important to spend time with the family because that's the whole point of these trips. :) Planning active outings (like hikes, kayak trips, etc.) for everyone is like killing two birds with one stone: you get to workout AND you get to spend time with family.

working out on vacation

working out on vacation

(there's truly nothing better than a killer run with beautiful beach views, followed by a deliciously healthy acai bowl)

With all of this being said, don'tmake exercise your complete focus on vacation. As someone who makes fitness a priority every day and genuinely LOVES working out, the first day without my usual routine was difficult. But although I've had to get creative and haven't been able to dedicate as much time to my workouts, it's taught me a good lesson that I've probably had to learn for a long time now: although I love working out, it can't be my everything.

YES I definitely make it a huge priority and I don't drop my workouts unless I really have to, but sometimes it's important to be flexible. I still have a ways to go to ever reach a place where I'm totally comfortable with being more "go-with-the-flow," and who knows if I'll ever fully get to that place (my personality just isn't really like that), but baby steps are steps nonetheless. :)

working out on vacation

working out on vacation

I hope you all have a fun and safe NYE and that 2017 brings you joy, laughter, healing and love. One of the things I'm most grateful for in 2016 is all of YOU. Your constant support for my passions fuel me every single day and I can't wait to see where 2017 takes me personally and in my blog. :)

XO nat

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