With the holidays upon us, many of us will be traveling to see family, friends or even going to Walt Disney World! While the holidays are a time for relaxing and rejuvenating, we don’t want to veer too far off of our exercise routine, but fitting in a run while traveling can be challenging.
Follow these strategies to keep you “running” while hitting the road:
1. Do your research
Map out your runs in advance using mapmyrun. Having a pre-planned route ahead of time will help with any worries about fitting in mileage or finding a place to run.
2. Just ask
Ask the hotel concierge if there are any local jogging trails. When I stayed at Coronado Springs at Disney World, they had a 1-mile jogging trail that surrounded Lago Dorado, making for a beautiful morning run.
3. Take it inside
Many hotels offer fitness facilitates on-site, so you can log miles on the indoor treadmill while traveling. Many of the deluxe resorts at Disney World have fitness facilitates. The Grand Floridian Resort and Spa has a state-of-the-art health care facility, complete with treadmills, ellipiticals, weights and a beautiful spa for receiving a massage after your run.
Fitness gains can be made by switching up the routine. If you typically run, try swimming while you are on vacation to engage different muscles. If you usually bike, give the elliptical a try. You’ll be surprised how a little time off can actually improve your overall fitness.
5. Get active
Incorporate activity into your vacation plans to sneak in exercise while still having fun. Plan a hiking trek, skiing or surfing to try something new. If you are visiting Walt Disney World, consider visiting the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Kids can take part in a Disney Soccer Academy, which is offered in June.
No matter where you go this holiday season, there are little ways you can sneak in exercise while still enjoying time with your family. And remember, running is a huge stress reliever, which we could all use during this busy time of year!
How do you fit in your run while on vacation? I’d love to hear from you!