Exercising on Vacation

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I have two theories about vacation exercise.


First – if I pack my sneakers and running clothes, I’ve got to go on a run.  Otherwise, I wasted precious luggage space and hauled around a heavier bag for nothing! When I go on short work trips and actually bring my stuff but fail to us it… oh, my goodness.  I get so irritated with myself every time I open my bag!   Just one of my weird pet peeves.


Second – if my vacation (not a work trip) is less than two or three days, I don’t feel obligated to maintain my normal routine.  I should soak up vacation time!  But if it’s a longer trip, I usually want to exercise on vacation.


So this means that I’ve been trying to exercise on our vacation at the Outer Banks (we’re here for a week).  Taking off 7 days would be no good for my triathlon goals.  Keeping up with running is easy enough.  I’ve been on three runs so far, clocking in about 12 total miles.  Every run has been with Henry in the jogging stroller, although I am hoping to run on the beach solo at some point. 


After my last two runs, I came back to the beach house and declared, “Now, I am going to swim laps in the pool.” I dipped my toes in and promptly said, “Um, nevermind.”  It’s really cold in the unheated pool!  And the pool is (obviously) small, so the idea of doing hundreds of really short laps in freezing temps just to keep up my swimming habit seems… unappealing, to say the least.  I thought about swimming in the ocean, but locals scared me with stories of shark attacks.  Things that go bump (and chomp!) in open water freak me out. 


As for biking, we don’t own a bike rack (and the trunk was back to the brim), so I’m bike-less although the Outer Banks is the perfect cycling sport.  I’m thinking about renting a hybrid bike at the beach shop – they have little baby seats on the back and teeny tiny helmets, so the whole family could go for a ride!


In short, it’s not hard for me to get motivated to exercise on a longer vacation – I like to sweat, and it’s a fun way to see the scenery – but staying in triathlon shape is challenging.  As it usually is. Winking smile


I think you know where this is going… Some questions for you all!


Do you exercise on vacation? Ever go on a trip planned entirely around exercise – like a vacation to do a marathon?

Do you cycle with your kiddos? Do they sit in a seat above your back wheel or in one of those fancy chariots you pull around?

And, finally, if you were to swim for fitness in the ocean, would the Jaws theme song be constantly dum-dum-dumming in your head?  Or is it just me?



  • bobbie May 16, 2013, 9:40 am

    I always maintain my running on vacation. My strength training and such fall by the wayside b/c it’s just not convenient.
    We are going to be in OBX toward the end of June and we did not pay for heat in the pool (extra $600) so I hope it’s warm enough by that point.

  • Beth @ Mangoes and Miles May 16, 2013, 9:49 am

    Open water freaks me out, too! Even if there weren’t sharks in the water, I’d still flip a squit every time something brushed up against me, whether plant or animal. Or random floating log.

    I typically don’t exercise on vacation. I usually bring my stuff just in case, but I find that I like just simply relaxing. Which I’m fine with. Our family is planning a trip to Yellowstone this summer, and I’m definitely bringing my running shoes–how cool would it be to run through Yellowstone?!

  • Dana May 16, 2013, 9:54 am

    I swim in the ocean for fitness… I just do it with a group and we swim parallel to the shoreline and not too far out. If I were alone and doing an out and back in the ocean I’d be full-on freaking out.

  • Jacquelyn @justjacq May 16, 2013, 9:54 am

    My vacation exercise is usually walking around where we are to soak in the local scene. I don’t try to maintain my schedule because a vacation is a vacation! I prefer to think of all my sightseeing as exercise.

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed May 16, 2013, 10:15 am

    I try to fit in some quick better than nothing workouts during vacation, but I also find that I typically stay pretty active with lots of walking and activities anyway. I love swimming in the ocean! I really don’t like when anything touches me in the water (even seaweed) but I usually stay close to the shore to jump the waves and I’m not scared.

  • Becca May 16, 2013, 10:18 am

    Where are you in the OB? Near Kitty Hawk? I’m not trying to stalk you… I swear! We go down every year and I’m curious what part you’re staying in 🙂

  • Lauren @ Lettuce Eat Cake May 16, 2013, 10:24 am

    Such good tips! I am a “rule” person, too. If I tell myself I have to make it through 20 minutes on the stairmaster, I will do it no matter what. I travel a ton for work, and one of the ways I’ve avoid gaining weight is by reminding myself that these trips are not vacation. I am not allowed to eat all the delicious local things and try the delicious local beer. It means I have salmon and veggies from room service instead of trying out cool restaurants, but I felt it was important to establish that rule right off the bat when I transitioned into a heavy-travel position.

    • laura May 20, 2013, 2:23 pm

      it’s very sad to say you’re “not allowed” to try all the local foods and beers and you “will make it through” working out. It really sounds like you’re being quite harsh on your body and yourself, and not listening to your inner self. I DO hope you lighten up and learn that your traveling brings opportunities to try new and fun things. If you eat a local food, are the food police going to come after you? You make it sound like you have a lot of disordered thoughts/feelings, and this saddens me.

  • Sydney May 16, 2013, 10:25 am

    I’m just plain awful about maintaining exercise when I’m out of town. With that being said, I mayyybe get one vacation every 3 years so it doesn’t make too much of an impact! But you seem to be doing a fabulous job… I’m sure your training will pay off!

    However, I am absolutely in love with the ocean and always take the opportunity to go for a good open water swim when I’m there. But I’ve been scared ever since I watched a documentary of a woman who was attacked by a shark when she was 6 months pregnant! She ended up being fine and so was the baby, but I just can’t imagine how awful that must have been!

  • Stellina @ My Yogurt Addiction.com May 16, 2013, 10:26 am

    I’m like you, if the vacation is short I don’t feekl obligated to workout. If it is longer, then I try to exercise at least once or twice. Also, I try to make an effort to walk a lot!

  • Kristy @ Kristy's Health Revolution May 16, 2013, 10:30 am

    I’m like you — I ADORE exercising while on vacation, because I like to exercise and it’s a fun way to see the sights. However, also like you, I find it really hard to stay on a training schedule while on vacation. Last year, I was smack dab in the middle of half-marathon training (September for a November half) and my vacation totally derailed me. I ended up with an epic fail in November, because I fell off the training hard and didn’t get right back on when I got home. This year, I have the same plans — September vacation, November half — but I’m going into training a little differently in hopes I won’t completely fall off the wagon this time!

  • Ebernst May 16, 2013, 10:30 am

    The best part about traveling (all the time for work) and vacationing is getting new workout experiences. Last year, I did an open water swim in the ocean in Nassau, Bahamas while on a cruise. I’ve gone running up a mountain in Chile to get a view of Santiago and around an Air Force Base in North Dakota. I went mountain biking in Montana and ran 11 miles on a beautiful trail in Denver. So many cool place and great stories!! 🙂

  • Jelena@FabLifePhD May 16, 2013, 10:40 am

    I tend to exercise if I travel for work. I just need a break and relaxation after so many hours of sitting at the seminars. I also run if I visit friends and family at Serbia, since there is a lot of eating involved and I still feel at home. But if I go for a city trip (tomorrow we go to Paris, yeyy!) I want to save every calorie in my legs for walking and sightseeing!

  • Caitlin May 16, 2013, 10:40 am

    I’ve always exercised on vacation and planned to last week on my honeymoon- fail. Or was it a fail? I managed to gain 5 lbs. between my wedding and coming back from my honeymoon and earned every single one on our amazing honeymoon (hello, amazing breakfast buffet!). We slept and ate and drank and I don’t regret for a second not working out- I’m only taking 1 honeymoon, might as well enjoy doing absolutely nothing!

    • laura May 20, 2013, 2:27 pm

      i LOVE this attitude! you can always lose 5 lbs–you cannot re-do your honeymoon!! I am sure the time spent with your hubby relaxing is much more beneficial to your soul than pounding away in a crummy gym!! kudos to you, and CONGRATS!

  • Elizabeth @ Positive Change May 16, 2013, 10:46 am

    I am just like you when it comes to going on vacation! I love to get my run on in a new place and explore where I am at! My husband and I both bike so we are always bring our bikes no matter where we go! I have ran most of my races around vacations! Disney and then ones where we have family that we can visit! We love being active during vacation so it is not a real inconvenience to us to workout! I also think it helps when the people you are with are also into working out!

  • Emily May 16, 2013, 10:54 am

    Open water terrifies me too, so I don’t blame you!! We always rent bikes in the Outer Banks, you’re right, it’s great place to bike. So flat! I always try to go on a few runs on summer vacation because I hate to waste the opportunity of a sunrise beach run 🙂 Only get them a few times a year!

  • Rebecca May 16, 2013, 10:55 am

    I know that if my dad is on a vacation that’s longer than a few days and he’s going to do a marathon or something, he’ll stick to his training plan.
    He’s going to Florida in February for a marathon, and my mom’s going with him because the marathon is on her birthday weekend or something. So I guess that’s a vacation planned around exercise. And if he ever qualifies for Ironman Kona, that’ll be a vacation planned around exercise, too.

    My dad took me with him on a biking thing once when I was like six. I refused to ride a tandem bike with him for whatever reason (I guess I didn’t quite understand that I wouldn’t have to do anything but pedal) so I got to ride in a “chariot” behind his bike. Not sure if he ever took me biking when I was younger than that, but I’m sure most of the time I was in one of those seats that attaches to the back of the bike. Of course, when I was really little, he didn’t bike as much as he does now…

    I’m not big on swimming, especially if I can’t touch the bottom. No ocean swimming for me, sharks or no sharks. I might hang out in the water, but that’s about it.

  • Julie May 16, 2013, 10:56 am

    I’m not too rigid about exercise when on vacation, but I do tend to get some in just ‘cuz it makes me feel so much better, & I’m used to making it a part of my day. It just depends on who I’m on vacation w/ & what is planned for the day, whether or not I’m able to fit something in. My vacations typically involve enough physical activity during the day that I don’t sweat it (pun intended) too much if I’m not able to fit some add’l exercise in. After all, the #1 priority on vacation s/b rest & relaxation (& FUN!), right?

    I think it would be cool to swim in the ocean (& I have). I bet if you do a little research, you’ll discover that shark attacks are pretty rare. And given that you’d be swimming against the tide, you probably won’t make it too far out from the shore anyway. 🙂 I say go for it! YOLO!

  • Megan @ The Lyons' Share May 16, 2013, 10:57 am

    I love exercising on vacation – gives me energy, and makes me enjoy the opportunity to be a little lazier and indulge in a few more treats :). Once, I took an awesome trip with 7 girlfriends to run the Disney Princess Half Marathon! Also took a trip to the Disney Marathon in 2010 (my first marathon was the same one as your first!)

  • Lauren @ The Highlands Life May 16, 2013, 11:10 am

    I definitely try and exercise on vacation but it’s way easier wanting to then actually doing it by his year we are taking our 7.5 month old to the beac and I’m bringing his jogging stroller so I can get some runs in hopefully. I just hate to lose a week of training because building back up even after a week off can be a pain.

  • Mary May 16, 2013, 11:15 am

    I usually exercise on vacation but maybe not to the same level as home. I planned a vacation around my first Half Ironman last summer in Sonoma/Napa, CA. I raced early then had a recovery week involving lots of wine tasting:). I am planning a vacation around another half Ironman and National’s for Olympic distance triathlon this summer.I tried swimming in the ocean while training for my half Ironman last year on spring break in FL. I never thought about sharks because I stayed close to shore and swam parallel to it, but I got really nauseated…not sure if it was the waves or the salt water. I had my bike with me and really enjoyed the bike paths. When my boys were little we pulled them in the chariot thing all the time!

  • Grace May 16, 2013, 11:36 am

    I’ve gone to OBX every summer since I was 5! Biking in OBX is super easy – there are rental places and riding along the beach road is really pleasant, especially off season. And I’ve been swimming in the ocean down there for almost 30 years; the likelihood of a shark attack is 1 in 11.5 million (per Wikipedia). You’ll be fine.

    And I hope you get a chance to hit up John’s Drive In while you’re doing there – it’s the best food at the beach!

  • Steph @ A Life without Ice Cream May 16, 2013, 11:50 am

    Oh no ocean swim for me. I grew up swimming in the Great Lakes but for some reason when I’m at the ocean I’m really not comfortable going in farther than I can touch. Not so much jaws… more EVERYTHING.

    I always pack my running shoes, work trip or otherwise, but don’t always have the motivation to use them. I do better on work trips because it’s how I relax at the end of the day. With personal, I tend to find if I’m very active on my vacation I don’t add fitness but if it’s more relaxing and beachy I defiantly lace up.

    Enjoy your vacation!!

  • Jennifer May 16, 2013, 11:57 am

    On the cycling with kiddos question; I am actually petrified to take my baby on a bike. I am not the greatest on a bike and have had too many accidents myself. Also, back in the late 70’s my mother-in-law got in to a bike accident when she had a toddler and baby in bike seats in the back (I think it was a double seat on the back?) and all three had terrible injuries. It was a long time ago and I am sure that the gear is much safer now, but that story really scared me. I will just stick to riding solo and running with a stroller for my own peace of mind.

  • Julie May 16, 2013, 12:15 pm

    I usually get more exercise on vacation than not, because we vacation to national parks usually. My husband is not into relaxing vacations, so there is always hiking involved. And, with my sisters, we usually try to get at least a morning walk in to start the day off right. Just makes you feel better when you are indulging in all the other vacation treats! 🙂

  • Carolina John May 16, 2013, 12:18 pm

    Vacation to me means that there’s no pesky work stuff to get in the way of my training! And chances are I’m going towards the coast which means better terrain to run/bike on, and you can recover with fresh seafood. I’ll take all of that I can get. My family tends to disagree.

  • Carolina John May 16, 2013, 12:19 pm

    oh, and have fun in OBX! I loooooooove getting out there. I prefer Nag’s Head and points south, but some of the 12N stuff is cool too, like Kitty Hawk. Where did you end up?

  • Kathleen May 16, 2013, 12:21 pm

    I cycle with my two toddlers in a double Joovy Cocoon. It converts to a jogging stroller and also has swivel wheels that you can put on the front so it’s really like three strollers in one. I absolutely love biking with my kids and they seem to have a blast together, even for hours at a time. I highly recommend the Joovy Cocoon, and they’re not paying me to say that. But they should, I recommend them to everyone I know. 🙂

  • joelle (on a pink typewriter) May 16, 2013, 12:32 pm

    I try to make sure I’m being active on vacations, although if it’s just a weekend trip, I usually won’t run or anything (unless I’m training). I’m going out of town for a almost a wk next at the end of the month, so I will most definitely be bringing my running shoes. 🙂

  • Jill May 16, 2013, 12:49 pm

    My only daily exercise is a 30 minute short walk. So I guess if I went on vacation…I’d do …nothing 🙂

  • Rachel May 16, 2013, 1:21 pm

    I typically exercise on workouts because it keeps me sane! I tell myself I don’t have to, but I typically find myself wanting to. I do, however, always keep it easier (unless I was seriously training for something).

    My family always rents bikes when we go to a beach town. It has become a family tradition.

    I don’t blame you for not swimming in the cold water. I’ve always been a chicken about cold water, and I am a total wuss about swimming in the ocean. Yuck! I just can’t do it!

  • Amanda K. May 16, 2013, 1:38 pm

    i love exercising on vacation. you get to see a new place AND you get to justify vacation junk food 🙂
    and i agree with feeling lame for packing running clothes/shoes and then not using them. it’s such a waste!!

    my husband really wants to buy one of those bike “chariots” but i’m nervous. i read that you’re not supposed to use them on the road (so i guess…trails? the sidewalk?) and since then i’ve been overprotective mom about it.

    if we can find a good deal on one on craigslist we might go for it.

  • Samantha May 16, 2013, 1:39 pm

    Exercising while on vacation: I usually don’t purposely don’t set aside time to exercise on vacation. That being said, many of our vacations do include hiking and swimming and other physical activity that we are getting in out exercise that way ! Plus I think that stuff is more fun than doing it in the gym or hotel room. I would feel like I would be missing out on vacation time!

  • Sarah May 16, 2013, 2:24 pm

    I’ve done quite a lot of hiking vacations and in september, I’m travelling all the way to Montréal for the rock’n roll marathon, I can’t wait!

  • Amanda @ Peanut Butter & Adrenaline May 16, 2013, 2:29 pm

    I haven’t been on an actual vacation in a while, but I think if it was a longer trip, I would absolutely run a few times. If it’s a couple of days, well, rest is never bad. 😉

  • Carina May 16, 2013, 3:13 pm

    For me, it depends where I go. Of course somewhere like OBX, I’d still train, but I don’t really like running on treadmills and so it depends where we are if I feel comfortable. Russia, Turkey, even near my husband’s family’s small town in Southern Italy, it is very uncomfortable to run alone (though I can do it in Italy if it’s cold, the issue is the impropriety of showing your legs in shorts). So in places like that, I’m more inclined to skip. But other places, I can’t imagine not running (getting to do the Great Wall, running in Paris, etc.). Since I live in Dallas, running most marathons that I’d consider worth running usually involves travel, and occasionally we’ll make it into a vacation (Boston, New York, St. George, Twin Cities), and that’s the plan for Berlin this year — marathon, then Oktoberfest, then to see family. The key is to put your event at the start of the trip so you can rest your legs and imbibe fully afterward.

  • Katie D. May 16, 2013, 3:32 pm

    I just got back from 3 days in Seattle and I didn’t run a lick. We walked (oh my hills) a ton and I did some yoga each morning because I was so tight. When I went on a cruise (10 day vacation total). I worked our like normal during our pre-cruise time in FL. On the actual cruise, I got up and did something, usually less strenous but something to get sweaty before Hubby was awake.

    • Katie D. May 16, 2013, 3:33 pm

      I forgot to add that I ran a half-marathon in St. Louis, MO. I live in Michigan, so it was a mini-vacation to my sister’s house (Southern IL) then a road trip to the race.

  • Stacey May 16, 2013, 3:42 pm

    Our vacations are always activity-related so I guess I’d rather exercise then not. In the winter we always go skiing at least twice and our honeymoon was camping in Alaska. When we were in Hawaii we either ran in the mornings or found areas to hike. I guess we both would rather stay active and get out to see what our vacation spot has to offer instead of sitting around. Now if you’re talking hard core weight-lifting, then no we don’t do that 🙂

    I’d rather take a week off while at home and soak up my free week being lazy on my couch 🙂

    • Stacey May 16, 2013, 3:43 pm

      Plus on vaca I always let myself eat whatever so I want to move to offset it I suppose. Makes me feel less guilty!

  • Shannon @ Mon Amour May 16, 2013, 3:51 pm

    I was starting marathon training when we went on vacation last year and I ran religiously. I didn’t miss any runs but I did cut out my normal cross training in favor or enjoying my trip and relaxing. I also try to make it a point to stay active while on vacation, even if it’s just going for a walk on the beach or kayaking

  • Axel May 16, 2013, 4:10 pm

    Last year’s trip to Germany had several training possibilities
    -Running in forest trails
    -Biking with a toddler on a back seat
    -Swimming in a lake and/or canal
    -Mountain Biking with my brother

    I managed the first two about half as much as I intended, and though I got into the water some, there was no ‘training’ per se. I hope to improve on last year’s record this year. The big problems are weather, sickness (we pick up weird bugs on vacation it seems) and sleep (the kids get over-stimulated and out of their routine). The big improvement I want to do this year is do some more strength work during idle time (hanging out in the backyard with the kids). Assuming I’m not sick, I’m hoping some push-ups, burpees or whatever can go a long way. I may have to consult some youtube workouts or something.

  • FitBritt@MyOwnBalance May 16, 2013, 4:24 pm

    I love to exercise on vacation but I count exercise as playing tennis or golf, going scuba diving, surfing, kayaking, stand up paddle board, hiking, etc! Occassionally I run or do yoga or hit the gym on longer vacations but I only do it if 1) I have the time and 2) I feel like it!

    I’ve never planned a vacation solely around exercise but on my bucket list is a cycling trip through Tuscany with my husband. It’s a must do!

    I can’t speak so much for the Carolinas but up north where I am from, it is very unlikely that you’ll be attacked by a shark! Even when I lived in Australia I wasn’t worried about sharks. It’s very unlikely that you’ll be attacked, especially if you stay relatively close to shore.

  • Cait @ Dare to Move May 16, 2013, 4:36 pm

    I always try to exercise on vacation – it’s my favorite way to get going in the morning! If I know that I won’t have access to a weight room, I bring my resistance bands so that I can still do a little bit of upper body work in addition to running. I also like to walk a LOT on trips so that I can fully explore the area. My mom and I have been known to cover 50+ miles on foot over a long weekend!

  • Alysa May 16, 2013, 5:11 pm

    I dont know how often you are faced with the short pool issue but there are these bungee cord things that you can buy on amazon that attach to your ankles and essentially let you swim in place. That is what I use when I cant find a big pool… Its totally weird at first but works once you are used to it.

  • Emily May 16, 2013, 5:38 pm

    I was in Destin 2 weeks ago and I rented a bike to try and stay as close to normal as I could with my current Triathlon training schedule. I went for a 12 mile ride. Of course it was leisurely, but it made me feel MENTALLY better!

  • Breanne May 16, 2013, 6:07 pm

    I’m like you in that if it’s a couple days (like a weekend trip to visit my parents), I usually won’t exercise. I usually still bring my stuff and I sometimes still feel guilty if I don’t work out, but it’s a couple days so I try not to sweat it (pun intended).

    Longer trips though? I definitely feel guilty if I don’t work out and beyond that I’m just HAPPIER if I work out. Last summer, I found a gym near my parents’ BFFs house and took classes a few times and then I did my own yoga practice in the backyard other days.

    MOST of my vacations in the last few years have been planned around exercise – as in, I’ve run the Disneyland Half and that’s the only trip I’ve intentionally planned and prepared for as a vacation.

    As for swimming, I don’t have a fear of what goes chomp in the ocean and I used to love swimming with my tri peeps, but I’ve fallen away from tris and I won’t let myself swim alone in the ocean. I have a fear of a stray surfboard to the head, a big wave, a rip tide, and just about every other thing that could go wrong swimming solo in open water when no one is there to save me or at least ya know, call for help.

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat May 16, 2013, 7:10 pm

    Ooh I love this topic! Last summer I flew out to Vancouver to do the Lululemon SeaWheeze half marathon and I’m doing the same again this summer, only with 3 of my blogger friends! I’m so pumped because it was such an amazing experience last year. My favourite holidays are active ones with hiking, long walks, and any other sort of exercise. I’m typically a treadmill runner at home so when I was in Australia last year, I was determined to go for a run along the beach. It was absolutely epic – I ran for over an hour and a half and could have gone for so much longer if I’d allowed myself to. (I was in my friend’s wedding so I had to get back to her house to help her out with wedding plans!) My dream holiday is to go to Miraval Spa in Arizona and do as many of the activities they offer as I possibly can – everything from hiking to yoga – I want it all! If only I could somehow magic up the money to get myself there! 😉

  • Anna {Herbivore Triathlete} May 16, 2013, 8:21 pm

    I am worried about staying in “triathlon” shape when we go to Disney this summer for a week. I have biked with all my kids in a bike seat, but now they’re all old enough to ride their own bikes, which they do!

  • BroccoliHut May 16, 2013, 8:40 pm

    I also exercise on vacation–I would go a little crazy if I couldn’t get a sweat session in for a whole week!
    The difference between my normal routine and vacation exercise is that I really try to make it fun and enjoyable–no pace or distance goals. Just trying to enjoy the destination while staying healthy.

  • Amber K May 16, 2013, 9:41 pm

    I try to always take the stairs instead of elevators and do a lot of walking on vacation. I guess people do that in their regular lives, but I’m not around stairs or elevators during my typical day.

    I don’t feel obligated to do formal exercise. I just got back from Vegas and the only exercise I did was walking amongst the casinos.

  • Jane @ Not Plain So Jane May 16, 2013, 10:32 pm

    All of my vacations tend to be active ones centered around some sort of activity like hiking. I’ll probably log 10+ miles on average on my next trip to Yosemite.

  • Catherine @ A Two Storey Home May 17, 2013, 7:39 am

    Great topic. I almost always bring running gear just in case, no matter how long the trip, but if it’s just a weekend, I don’t feel obligated to run. My family goes to the Outer Banks each year, and my mom, sister, and I have a tradition of running together a few mornings during the week. We leave the men (and nieces) sleeping and have our girl time. I love it… Exercise + quality time!

  • Kelly May 17, 2013, 9:11 am

    I don’t do official “workouts” on vacation- but I try to do something active every day. It could be a long walk down the beach, a bike ride, a hike, whatever is available to do that day. It’s not a chore- those things are fun!

    If I’m on a work trip- I treat it like a normal work day and make sure to go for a walk or hit up the hotel gym.

  • Whitney May 17, 2013, 9:11 am

    I actually love exercising on vacation. I enjoy getting up when I want to and taking my time to workout then having the rest of the day to be lazy and do whatever. Getting in a good sweat first thing sets the tone for the rest of day. It’s not everyday I get to run on a beach so I take full advantage! 🙂 Have fun!

  • Lucille May 17, 2013, 11:02 am

    I also love to exercise while on vacation. Like you said, it’s an excellent way to see the scenery. I try to switch up my exercises a bit as well, like doing more hiking/kayaking/whatever is appropriate for the place than I normally do. Make it more fun.

  • Sara May 17, 2013, 12:38 pm

    I think I am going to try to when I am on vacation this summer, we will see how it goes though. I have to travel for work at the end of the month and stay over for 3 nights, I think I am going to use the opportunity then to work out in the mornings at the gym provided by the hotel. I have an 45 minute commute to my desk job so in order to run in the morning I would have to get up at the crack of dawn. I am excited for the opportunity to try to get to the gym to start out my day!

    Sara 🙂

  • Karen @ Runner Girl Eats May 17, 2013, 3:40 pm

    I actually look forward to running on vacation. I love exploring new places. I will be up in the Outer Banks at the end of the summer and can’t wait for some beach runs 🙂

  • Charity Dawn May 17, 2013, 10:11 pm

    I live in New Brunswick Canada, and grew up on Prince Edward Island. I am never afraid to swim in the ocean. I grew up swimming in the Atlantic. Lakes on the other hand.. they contain leaches.. I do not like leaches… And they are colder then the ocean. No salt to bring the temperature up.

  • Kristina May 18, 2013, 10:05 am

    We got a bike rack a few years ago as an anniversary present (joint), and that was the best present we’ve gotten ourselves! That and the ski rack that we just added to it. We’ve loved being able to bike different places, especially when we visit family in Colorado.
    I don’t really freak out about taking a week off tri-specific training unless it’s in the middle of a major training plan. The body doesn’t lose its fitness in just a few days’ time.

  • Vikki May 18, 2013, 10:49 am

    I have taken vacations that revolve around exercise. I’m a hoop dancer and they have several big conventions every year where hoopers of all abilities from all over the world get together and learn from some of the best teachers in the world. Last year I spent a week in Carrboro, NC at Hooppath and if my work schedule allows, next year, I’m going to HoopCon. I’m lucky to live in SC so both of those are completely drivable. Carrboro is considered to be one of the birth places of modern hoopdance. 🙂

    Now on my regular vacations, I’m nearly always more active than I am in my daily life. I work a desk job that requires lots of extra hours of sitting so when I get a chance not to sit all the time, I don’t sit. I hoop, I walk, I swim, and I play with my friends and family. 🙂

  • Alice May 18, 2013, 7:04 pm

    I have taken multiple trips that focused around races or activities:
    Triathlons in Jamaica and various states.
    Marathons in Hawaii, Alaska, Florida, D.C., VA Beach (the last 3 were girls weekends), Chicago… other marathons were “local” to where we lived at the time.
    Bike trip down the coast of CA
    Bike trip partway across the US (VA, KY, IL, MO). Didn’t have time to go all the way across, but still managed to get in 1200 miles!

    My kids are big enough to cycle on their own. Sometimes they ride with me while I run. Not ideal, as I am not a fast runner!

    YES. I trained in the bay in San Francisco when we lived out there and I was SURE there was a shark under me every.single.time. Hated it and only did it a handful of times!

  • Katheryn May 19, 2013, 4:20 pm

    I tend to take vacations seriously and thus not do much exercising although I know I should.

    As for swimming, jaws is too much on my mind so I tend to stay out of the ocean most of the time and just hang out on the beach or in the pool.

  • Krystal @ Arapahoe Ave May 20, 2013, 11:33 am

    I always plan to exercise on vacation but it doesn’t always happen. It’s just so hard for me to get back into the routine if I take too much time off!

  • Lauren May 20, 2013, 11:46 am

    I love running while on vacation (it’s actually probably the only time I can truly say I love to run) but take a more relaxed attitude toward it than when I’m at home. On vacation it’s more about exploration and fun, and I tend to stop so frequently to take iPhone photos that I go so slowly but have a great time. The other thing I love to do on trips is hiking, but any exercise that involves more than a pair of sneakers is too involved for me – kudos to you if you make biking happen!

  • laura May 20, 2013, 2:30 pm

    I tend to only workout on vacation if it is longer than 5 days. Then, I will just run outside. I always make sure it’s first thing in the morning so I won’t miss out on quality time with my loved ones. Working out should NEVER get in the way of your enjoyment on vacation! I find that if I don’t run or do anything active for longer than 5 days, however, I get really cranky and moody, so a little 30 minute run will benefit all parties involved 🙂 I always bring my workout clothes just in case, but do not feel an ounce of guilt if they return unworn. Just means less laundry for when I get home 🙂

  • Sara@RunningInPinkProject May 20, 2013, 5:53 pm

    I never worked out on vacation before but its one of my goals this summer for my weight loss. Im planning a run and a couple of swims this weekend at the beach.

  • Liz May 21, 2013, 3:26 pm

    Working out on a vacation is VERY important. Before I leave I make sure I know what gym I will be going to and how much the daily or weekly charge will be to use it. I check around to see if there are any classes that fit into my schedule and maybe pop into one of them. Fitness is my lifestyle, I have to be able to run and lift once a day. It makes my vacation more enjoyable and is relaxing. Especially if I can find a yoga class nearby!

  • CheekE May 27, 2013, 3:21 pm

    I’m the same exercise on longer or solo trips and relax and enjoy short trips with my family. Running is def the easiest on the road, and swimming is a no go for me if the pool is too short (tho I did try a few laps at the Vdara pool in Vegas).
    We totally use a trailer for the kids! Nothing like towing an extra 70lbs! But my husband remembers being scared in the rear baby seat so he’s veto’d that!

    • CheekE May 27, 2013, 3:23 pm

      Oh and YES about Jaws! I saw a porpoise in a wave once while surfing and it shook me up! I don’t know what’s worse dark water or seeing everything?!?!

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