It’s vacation time! Whether that means packing up and heading for a beach resort, taking on the challenge of a camping trip or simply exploring a new city, at home or abroad, a break from your ‘normal life’ is usually a wonderful thing.
The one potential downside however of any vacation is that it can be tough to stay fit. Extra meals, a few more cocktails than usual, those comfy sun loungers by the pool and more can mean you may just return home from your trip in less than the best shape. Staying healthy is often key to staying pain free for those chronic pain issues – back pain, neck pain etc. – especially when you are going to be away from your favorite chiropractor for a little while.
The good news is feeling healthy during and post-vacation is totally possible. Making just a few smart choices will keep you active and energized, and help you get the most out of that much-deserved trip while still making it a healthier vacation.
Book a Room with a View (of a Gym)
Opting to stay in a hotel with a gym or a pool makes it easy to squeeze in workout time. If such things are not on offer – maybe your accommodations are more in the cozy B&B/elegant villa niche – inquire about local facilities that may offer a guest discount. And if worst comes to worst remember body weight exercises can be done anywhere and require zero equipment.
See the Sights Up Close
Rather than opt for a bus tour get out and see the sights on foot (or maybe even on a bike) Not only will the walking help you get some extra vacation exercise but you can make your own discoveries, something that is half the fun of exploring a new place. Really want an active challenge? Many attractions – especially churches – have hugely long staircases that offer just that.
Do Something Different
Any vacation should offer you the chance to take on a new fitness challenge. Whether it’s hiking in the woods, rock climbing up rugged terrain, water skiing or parasailing or even just swimming along exploring the local coastline a vacation should offer you the chance to do more than just bake in the sun on a lounger, although there’s nothing wrong with doing so at least some of the time!
Take a Class
In an area where tourists are common – or even at your hotel – classes are often offered that have a physical fitness bent, but not such an obvious one. From learning to master a local dance to exploring the depths of a National Park, by taking advantage of a few of these offerings you’ll enhance your vacation experience as well as stay more active.
Even though you don’t want to get too ‘out of shape’ while on vacation make sure that you find a balance. A few hours lying on a beach is fine, attending a few parties is fine. But just do yourself a favor; resist the urge to check your email every hour, keep cell phone usage to a minimum and focus on having fun. It will keep your mind clear and allow you to decompress, one of the biggest reasons most of us take a vacation in the first place.
We are taking new patients and offering free consultations, and that way we find out if you are someone we can help before going any further. Call us today for a free consultation at (913)-953-5959 or CLICK HERE for more information about our Overland Park chiropractic office.