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JAMIRBLAZE Posts: 1,805
2/24/14 1:36 P

Historically, when I go on vacation with my friends (in my peer group - late 20s-early 30s), I have been able to outlast them. Why? Because my general fitness is better and I also try to walk more to prepare. Nothing like having your friends wimp out on you during a whirl wind European tour. I'm going to New Orleans this year with a friend or two, and they will be left behind.

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2/24/14 8:17 A

I'm definitely in the active vacation camp. I went to Glacier National Park last fall and spent 8 out of 12 days hiking and one day on horseback. The hiking was fine (even the 15% grades), the horseback, oh MAN was I sore at the end of the day. Unfortunately the only way to train for horseback riding is...horseback riding. :P

MADZOYA Posts: 243
2/24/14 4:42 A

As usually my vacations include some hiking I do increase my walking hours before going, My BF is top fit and I hate that is always getting slowed by me.

EABHA70 SparkPoints: (62,065)
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2/23/14 9:56 P

As part of my vacation to Iceland in 2012, I did a two-day hike...and when I was done, I WISHED I'd trained for it!

2/23/14 9:01 P

I think that's a great idea! I'm using my vacation to motivate me to lose some of these extra pounds I've accumulated. I want to be full of energy and able to enjoy myself to the fullest!

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2/23/14 8:38 P

I'm training for the Tejas 500 and hope to do a few rides before I get there.

They laugh at work when I tell them I have to go back to work to get rested up.

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2/23/14 8:19 P

I Very Definitely do!! As others have said...whether it is sightseeing, backpacking or cycling... it makes sense to be physically ready! I can't imagine just lying around on a vacation. Life is too short to not explore as much as possible! And to enjoy that exploring, getting in as good a shape as possible just makes sense. Hope you have a wonderful time on your trip....and to those of you going to Belize, Mexico, Costa Rica, Grand Canyon etc....need someone to carry your bags??!

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2/23/14 5:36 P

I am training for a July visit to the Smoky Mountains in Asheville, NC

NEPTUNE032701 SparkPoints: (7,485)
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2/23/14 5:21 P

I never could get the hang of lying on the beach vacations, lol.

My upcoming trip is to Belize, with snorkeling, cave exploration and Mayan pyramids with about a zillion steps. One of the things I'm most looking forward to is Actun Tunichil Muknal cave, but you have to swim into the cave entrance, climb over rocks and up ladders. My husband and I are in decent shape, but when we read the description for that one we both felt the need for another workout.

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MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,451
2/23/14 5:05 P

If your co-worker thinks that vacation involves lying on a beach, then I guess they don't need to train for it.

But if your plans call for a more active vacation, then I think it is just total common sense to train for it.

Personally, I love to go backpacking in the wilderness for 2 weeks. If I didn't train for it, some of the mountain climbs would kill me.


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2/23/14 4:53 P

I think it makes a lot of sense. I will be going to Costa Rica in the early part of August to volunteer on a wildlife research project (through Earthwatch - a non-profit organization) and we'll probably be on our feet for most of the day. Of course, what I'd be doing there isn't much different from what I am wanting to do as a career. The first time I volunteered on a wildlife research project through Earthwatch (went to Nova Scotia), I was obese and did quite well, probably because I was used to doing a lot of walking and hiking. Basically, I think it's a great idea...that way you won't be too physically exhausted.

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2/23/14 4:11 P

Yeah, we're pretty go, go, go on vacation. Even if it's just sightseeing or walking around amusement parks it's more active than our day to day desk jobs. Especially when it's day after day for a week or more.

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2/23/14 3:27 P

Since it sounds like you take vacations where you are pretty active I don't think training in preparation for those seems weird at all. Not all vacations including lounging around on a beach drinking mimosas all day... I would say I "train" for vacations too, but that's just because I typically allow myself to eat/drink more unhealthy why I'm on vacay so I figure I should work hard before and afterwards to make up for the extra calories I will consume.

SIMONEKP Posts: 2,764
2/23/14 1:37 P

I don't train for vacation but I train through vacation and am just active on vacation

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2/23/14 12:10 P

I am currently training for a Grand Canyon river rafting trip this summer. I do not want to be miserably sore from the extra activities I will be participating in! Last fall my sisters and I went to Paris. I knew we would be walking all over, climbing stairs and hills; so I increased the intensity and duration of my usual walks at home for a couple of months to prepare.
I think it makes good sense and it also heightens the excitement and sense of anticipation you have when looking forward to a vacation! :)

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2/23/14 11:35 A

So, I mentioned to a work friend that I had to exercise more in preparation for a family vacation and she acted like I was a total weirdo. My family does extra hiking, walking and longer workouts in the months leading up to a big trip so we'll have the stamina to do everything without being exhausted. Does anyone else train for vacations?

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