You’ve had it with the chilly air and snowy streets, booked a plane ticket and are now digging out your swim suit and sunscreen from the back of out of the closet. If you’re like many Canadians this time of year, you may be plotting a temporary escape from winter to sunnier destinations.
Hot weather beach vacations are usually associated with lounging, a drink in hand, maybe a dip in the ocean to cool off. The ultimate goal being some quality R & R time. Who says you can’t enjoy a restful beach vacation while keeping up with your physical activity?
There are many ways to stay active on vacation but my number one rule is: have fun and enjoy it. You are on a well-deserved vacation after all! Here are my top four ways to stay active on vacation.
Hotel gym: For some of us, hitting the gym is part of our routine. When I go on vacation, first thing in the morning I head straight to the gym to do a bit of cardio and lift some weights then out into the sunshine and on with my day. Here’s a little trick I use to keep up with the vacation theme: make a playlist of songs from the place you are travelling in for your phone or music player to listen to at the gym.
Water sports: Most warm weather destinations are near or on the water or have a resort pool. Swimming, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, beach volleyball or simple beach combing are all really fun ways to explore. Trying new activities on vacation can make lasting memories and can even be a great way to meet fellow travellers or locals. Not to mention the epic photo opportunities! Remember to make safety the number one priority and always wear your life jacket when on the water.
Local attractions: Are there local mountains to explore, rent bicycles and bike up? How about a trail in the woods you can hike and see new plants and animals? Another great way to discover unique and beautiful sites is geocaching!
Sightseeing by foot: Slow is the way to go when sightseeing. Here are my tips on how to get to most of your destinations on foot:
- Beforehand, research a few things you’d like to see on a set day. This could be going to see some architecture, a market, or another attraction.
- Wear comfortable walking shoes. Dress according to the weather for comfort and safety.
- In the past I’ve had great success carrying a small backpack or satchel. What do I bring? A map of the area, refillable water bottle, healthy snacks, jacket or sweater, cell phone charger and adapter, camera, and extra sunscreen.
If you are somewhere warm, keep in mind that your body will not be used to the heat. Pace yourself and stay hydrated, here’s more information on staying safe when being active in the heat.
We’re always super keen to help you stay active. If you have any questions about how to maintain your workout routine or about staying active abroad call the qualified exercise professionals at Healthlink BC by simply dialing 8-1-1.
Government of Canada: Travel Health and Safety