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Monday, May 27, 2013

Five Ways to Stay Fit on Vacation

Hey guys! I just wanted to share this great post that should come in handy for those of you who wish to stay fit while on vacation!
This article was submitted to me by Mike Manning

Five Ways to Stay Fit on Vacation

The summer is less than two months away and you are probably planning a big trip to some exotic location. But your major concern is that you probably won't have access to a gym, let alone time to workout! No worries! There is no need to sacrifice your love of the gym while vacationing. Here are five ways to stay fit on your next vacation!

Stay at a Hotel with a Gym

In order to find a hotel with the proper workout equipment make sure to do some research before booking a hotel. On a recent trip to San Francisco I was able to book a fantastic hotel because I did some due diligence by checking out a travel reviews site. This site listed the top San Francisco hotels and I was able to scroll through and check what amenities were offered and see reviews from people who stayed there previously. The easiest way to stay fit during your trip is make sure the hotel you are staying at has a fitness center. Many hotels come equipped with small workout areas filled with a few treadmills, elliptical machines, weight machines and dumbbells. Unless you are staying at a high-end hotel, do not expect these fitness centers to be on the same level as your gym back home. But many of these fitness rooms contain just enough equipment to allow hotel patrons to get in an effective and awesome workout.

Bring Fitness DVDs

With the booming popularity for workout DVDs like P90x, Insanity and Hip Hop Abs, many people are blasting away calories with these effective workout programs right from a television screen. Many of these programs usually don't require equipment and can be done right in your hotel room.

Bring Light Exercise Equipment

If your hotel room does not have a fitness center - you can easily bring basic exercise equipment with you like resistance bands, jump rope or small dumbbells. Unless you are training to become the next Mr. Olympia and need access to 100 lb dumbbells, exercising with resistance bands can be just as effective as working out at a regular gym. Again, this equipment can be used from the privacy of your hotel room.

Download Guest Passes from Local Gyms

If your gym chain is not present in the city in which you are vacationing, do some basic Internet research and find local gyms or fitness clubs that offer week or day guest passes. If you can't get a free guest pass, talk with your gym's manager back at home to see if they have any reciprocity agreements with other clubs in different cities and states. Often, smaller chain gyms have agreements with other chain gyms to allow traveling members discounted access into their facilities.



In the end, if you are an active gym goer, sometimes your body needs to take break from constant exercise. Relaxation can be a form of exercise too for someone who is constantly badgering their bodies! Sitting in a whirlpool, steam room or sauna can help burn calories on your vacation too!

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