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Easy Vacation Exercises

Your Home Workout Away From Home

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We love them, we look forward to them, we talk about them for weeks before and weeks after – vacations. Those 1-2 weeks of the year when we get away from it all – work, responsibilities, car pools. Unfortunately, there is something else we tend to leave back at home – exercise. But it doesn’t have to be this way. There are plenty of ways to stay on top of your routine, even when you are far away from your exercise comfort zone.

Easy Exercise Equipment
There are a few, simple pieces of equipment you can take with you on your trip that you can get serious use out of (and trust us, they won’t take up a lot of room in your suitcase). The first one is an exercise band. With an exercise band, you can do dozens of different exercises, hitting all areas of your body. Here is an example for both the core and upper body, but feel free to experiment and create your own.

Three other pieces of equipment are ankle weights, a stress ball, and a jump rope. You can strap on those ankle weights for leg raises, calf raises, or other leg exercises. You can even strap them around your wrist and do bicep curls. A stress ball works your forearms. The beautiful thing about using a stress ball is that you can do it anytime, even when you are driving! With a jump rope you can, well, jump rope and get your heart rate pumping.

Oldies but Goodies
There are plenty of exercises you can do anywhere, which require no exercise equipment at all. First are two oldies but goodies - pushups and sit-ups. Pushups are underrated as an exercise for your chest and arms, while sit-ups are important for your core. Feel free to turn your sit-ups into crunches, which will hit your upper abdominals as opposed to your lower abs.

Lower Body
Two good leg exercises are calf raises and forward lunges. For calf raises, all you need is a raised surface. A step works great for this. The front of your foot is on the step while your heel hangs over the edge, parallel to the ground. Standing straight up and holding onto something for balance, rise up on your toes, lower down by dropping your heels, raise back up, and continue. Try it on one foot at a time, but if you're having trouble balancing, use both feet. Here is a visual.
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Member Comments

  • Going on vacation next week, and for the first time I'm making staying fit a priority. Even if my calories don't stay in check every day, I don't want to come home to my usual routine struggling because i ignored it the whole time. I'm bringing my three most imporant pieces of equipment, my yoga mat, my kettlebell, and myself.
    The mat will help with not only motivating me to do some yoga daily, and believe me, taking anxiety disorders on a vacation, you need to relax a little.
    The kettlebell will help burn a lot in small amounts of time, while keeping my strength up.
    And of course, there's me! Bodyweight exercises, dancing, swimming at the beach, walking the boardwalk, your own body is the easiest equipment to bring anywhere! - 7/16/2014 9:47:14 AM
  • Perfect timing!! I'm getting ready for a Florida vacation at the end of February and have started putting things in the other room; after reading this article, I've included the exercises (printout) with two exercise bands. I'm thinking about taking a jump rope and a folding hula hoop as well. thank you!!! - 1/5/2014 8:19:56 PM
  • Great article. I will be going on vacation in a month. - 10/24/2013 9:52:19 AM
  • I always love exploring the hotels gymand using different kinds of equipment. In the morning there's rearely anyone else there so it's like my own gym! Course on vaca we usually walk everywhere and do a lot of swimming....reall
    y helps since I do a lot of eating! - 8/7/2013 9:15:38 AM
  • When we went on vacation in May I took along an inexpensive portable DVD player and several programs on discs. The programs were easy to do in our motel room and the player and discs took up very little suitcase space. I was attending a conference and did modified lunges and similar moves during the break. I only gained 1 pound, and that came off quickly - it was probably water being held by all the salt in the restaurant food. - 8/2/2013 11:03:06 PM
  • NARGES_GHA
    thanks . that is a good article. i will do it. - 8/2/2013 3:10:27 PM
  • Woo Hoo! I'm off in just a couple of hours for a well earned much needed mini vacation. I've packed my workout gear and the resort we are heading to has a wonderful gym, 2 pools and offers complimentary exercise classes. I'm IN! - 5/25/2013 8:30:32 AM
  • SANDIBETTS1
    Walking is the best--we generally vacation in places of beauty, wonderful weather, etc.--waliking allows us to get a panaromic view of things, meet peopled, and enjoy some respite from the great task of "vacationing." - 5/26/2012 8:05:22 AM
  • I find that when I am on vacation I walk a LOT. I am walking to and from all the attractions instead of taking buses or taxis. Its great exercise. Of course, when I take my trip to Italy, if I am not beat by the end of the day by all the walking, I will definately do some of these at my hotel. - 12/17/2010 11:57:26 AM
  • BIRDY1967
    I find that I just go for a walk with Grandkids or who every else will go with mw. We usually do about 3o mintues morning and night if we are camping - 8/3/2010 9:32:05 PM
  • Great reminders of easy, on-the-go moves.

    I don't have to worry about this for my upcoming vacation, because it is a women's fitness getaway. Hiking, and bootcamp and dancing on the beach in Mexico for 3 days. I can't wait! - 6/10/2010 11:30:28 AM
  • good info since I will be going on vacation this weekend. - 5/19/2010 10:18:35 AM
  • Amaziing how times have changed, that we have to INVENT things to do to get in our exercise, when in the old days gone by, exercise WAS the vacation....you went to places where you swam, and played, and you never thought for a second you were exercising.
    - 3/24/2010 5:22:18 AM
  • There are always a lot of places to visit, so walk walk walk walk ! Take your pedometer with you, it's light and takes no space. - 3/24/2010 4:32:39 AM
  • Try new activities while on vacation - bike riding, hiking, kayaking, skiing, tubing or sledding, snorkeling, surfing or boogie boarding, and other activities that you may not have near where you live. You can work some different muscles, maybe get out of your comfort zone, or you may find a new activity you want to train for! It's your vacation - have fun!! - 2/1/2010 10:43:55 PM
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