Likely, you've spent months planning your upcoming Summer vacation. Travel arrangements are set. The PTO request has been submitted. You've may have even upped your workout regime, watched your calories and bought a new sundress (or two). All that's left is hopping on the airplane.
Hold it right there. Did you pack your workout gear? I hope so! Vacation is a time to recharge, relax and refocus. Make exercise a part of your ultimate relaxation retreat - no time limits, treadmills or shared locker rooms necessary.
Here are three simple ways to make sure exercise is part of your next vacation.
1. Check out local parks. Be it a mountain, city or beach view, chances are your hotel is minutes away from something pretty spectacular that is best enjoyed on foot. Need some inspiration? Visit the National Park registry or National Registry of Historic Places.
2. Do Yoga. If you have room to roll out a mat, you have enough space for yoga. You can even swap the mat for sand or soft grass. The beauty of this ancient mind-body art is that you can do it anywhere! Plus, the restorative properties of yoga will fit right in with your goal of unwinding/detaching from the daily grind. (Hint: see my go-to sequence below.)
3. Bond with your #travelbuddy. Walk & talk, hike, bike or swim with your travel companions. Find a way to connect outside of food & drink. Laughter and plenty of photo opportunities are guaranteed. Cheese it up with a unique #hashtag for your trip.
BONUS: My Travel Yoga Sequence (45-50min)
Remember to completely postures evenly for both sides of your body.
Complete 5-10 Sun Salutes, followed by a 1-minute hold in each of the following postures
Kneeling Crescent (I like a backbend variation in this posture), Warrior I, II & III, Extended Side Angle, Triangle, Revolved Triangle, Reverse Warrior, Plank, Lizard, Malasana, Crow, Bridge, Wheel, Seated Forward Fold, Reclined Bound Angle, Happy Baby, Shoulder Stand, Plow, Supine Twist. Finish with a 5-minute seated meditation and 5-minute Savasana.
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