Time for a gymcation


High summer can mean taking a break from the routine as many of us enjoy a vacation. However, many of my most dedicated clients always want to know what they should to do while on holiday to keep fit and avoid sliding back from attaining their fitness goals. My advice is always the same:

Don’t be afraid to make your vacation a gymcation

The main purpose of any holiday is to…

  • Relax
  • Rebase
  • Recharge
  • Return Refreshed

Unfortunately, many of us can fall into the trap of adopting a frame of mind whereby we feel we need to maintain a high intensity level of training while away. What’s more, if they are unable to do so, this can cause angst and stress, defeating the whole purpose of the break.

So, when it comes to a break in routine from a regular workout regime, don’t be afraid to chill. In fact, why not take a complete break from gym workouts while on holiday!

Explore a wider range of activities

No gym doesn’t mean no workouts or no fun. It’s a mistake to believe exercise can only happen or must be contained in a gym. A gymcation doesn’t mean ‘no activity’ – as long as you are moving, you are exercising – and as many holiday destinations lack a decent gym with the best equipment, this is a further incentive to experiment.

If you are enjoying the delights of a beach resort, embrace swimming in the sea or the pool. Take long morning or evening walks along the sea while listening to the waves. Absorb as much vitamin D as you can, without compromising protection from sunscreens. Try activities to include your partner or that involve the whole family, whether it be walks, hikes or bike rides, windsurfing or beach volleyball. Use the activities to explore your own limits – you may find that some aspects of fitness need some work – as well as a means of bonding, rather than training in isolation. You’ll have fun and your body won’t miss out on exercise.

Don’t be afraid to step away from your normal training regime. Too often people lose the primary focus of a vacation: relaxation, enjoyment and rejuvenation, whether you are alone or with the people you love. When it comes to exercise, any activity you try should help facilitate this focus rather than go against it. Just be sure to make the most of your gymcation; you’ll feel better for it and be in shape to train even harder upon your return.

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Alex is a registered Master Trainer and Nutritional Advisor with Level 4 qualifications in obesity and diabetes. He is also a strength specialist and a Ni Dan in Shotokan Karate.

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