Keeping fit while traveling is one of the biggest baby boomer challenges that Alan and I face. That’s why I’m excited to introduce our boomer readers to today’s guest post from Steve Jasper, a contributing blogger for GymSource.
As much as we eagerly anticipate our vacation time, there is a disadvantage to this welcome diversion—traveling can really throw a wrench in a baby boomer’s fitness regimen. You can’t really pack a treadmill or barbells in your suitcase, so how do boomers stay in shape while traveling? Fret not, here are five tips to help you avoid any overweight baggage fees on your trip back:
Travel Fitness Tip #1: Some Activity Is Better Than None At All
Come to terms with the fact that you might not be able to have the same routine as you do at home. Like the old proverb says: half of something is better than 100% of nothing. Even if you accomplish just half of your regular workout, you will still achieve more than if you chose not to exercise.
Travel Fitness Tip #2: Plan in advance
You premeditated the rest of your vacation down to the smallest detail, so why not prepare for an exercise routine as well? Find out what kind of gym your hotel has (if any) and check into other amenities that might help maintain your level of fitness while on vacation. Locating a local gym or dance studio in the area where you’re traveling can also be a great help.
Travel Fitness Tip #3: Build Fitness Into Your Travel Plans
By going on a fitness vacation, it is possible to take a break from the daily grind, while maintaining your level of fitness at the same time. If your boomer vacation itinerary includes hiking up a tall mountain or swimming in the ocean—take it on. If you’re walking a lot, that counts too. Just because you’re on vacation, doesn’t mean you can’t be active.
Travel Fitness Tip #4: Take Advantage of the Pool
Heading somewhere tropical? Then why not do some exercises in the pool to stay cool. Water aerobics are a great way to stay healthy and fit while taking a dip. Check with the hotel to see if they offer any special equipment for the pool (you’d be surprised that many do). Even walking in place in the pool can help you keep in shape without feeling like you’re straining yourself on your vacation.
Travel Fitness Tip #5: Don’t Send Healthy Eating Habits On A Vacation
Most importantly, travel doesn’t mean you are given a free pass to eat whatever you want without consequence, so eat right when on vacation! Stick to your diet, and try to eat how you would at home. Obviously have a little fun (I mean you are on vacation), but as often as you can, order food that is good for you and that you know is healthy. If you can’t do that, then at least try and exercise portion control.
Follow these steps, and you will come home the same way you left—if not in even better shape! Taking a vacation is often the highlight of a baby boomer’s year. It allows you to relax, get some rest and enjoy a change in scenery. It shouldn’t be a time where everything you worked for health-wise gets thrown out the window. Travel smart and remember—just because you’re away from home doesn’t mean you can take a vacation from being fit and healthy!
Steve Jasper is not a medical expert. If you have any serious medical concerns, please consult a qualified medical professional before undertaking a new fitness regimen.
Disclosure: This is not a paid or sponsored post. Steve offered solid information about staying fit while traveling that we thought our baby boomer readers would enjoy.
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