By: Becky LaChance
Becky LaChance (@becksliveshealthy) is a Registered Nurse and Certified Personal Trainer. Here, she writes about how she stays healthy on vacation.
Over the last few years, I’ve been traveling more and more! I’ve been lucky enough to go to some really amazing places – Australia, Chile and Hawaii to name a few! I love being active while traveling. Whether it’s getting outside for a run in a new city, going for a bike ride, a hike or hitting the beach to paddle board, staying active is my favorite way to explore a new place.
I love starting my day with a good workout even when I am traveling. I always feel like it gives me the energy I need for a day of exploring. I don’t need to spend hours in the gym on vacation. I’m usually in and out of the gym in 30-45 minutes. If I don’t go to the gym while on vacation, there are plenty of other ways to get a good workout in while enjoying my stay!
Whenever I travel, I always look online to see if there is a gym in the hotel or Airbnb I’m staying at. If there isn’t one, then I check to see where the closest one is. If there are no gyms around, that’s okay! I always pack resistance bands and sliders with me, so I can get a quick workout in. Sliders and resistance bands transport easily, and they don’t take up a ton of room in a suitcase. I love doing quick HIIT workouts with bands and sliders, and I usually add in some bodyweight moves, too!
I always pack my running shoes when I travel! Running is my favorite way to explore new surroundings while on vacation. When I’m visiting a new place, I always make sure that it’s safe for me to go out for a run alone. I also try to plan out my route so that I don’t get lost along the way.
One of my other favorite ways to stay active while traveling is by hiking! If I have room in my suitcase, I try to pack my hiking shoes. Hiking is a great way to explore while on vacation (so many good photo opportunities) and get a good workout in.
Another way I stay active is by finding restaurants that are within walking distance from my hotel or Airbnb. It’s a fun way to explore the surroundings and keep moving before and after meals!
Sometimes I make exercise my vacation by planning a road race! This is actually my favorite way to stay active while on vacation. I usually try to find races that are in cities that I want to visit because running a race is a great way to explore a new city and see the surroundings. A few cities I’ve explored while racing are Portland, Vancouver, Chicago, Park City and San Diego.
Along with staying active, it’s really important for me to stay hydrated while traveling. Between workouts, the beach and flying, it’s easy to become dehydrated. I always pack a stainless-steel water bottle so that I can fill it up on the go and have water on hand! I also love sipping on Vital Proteins Collagen Water. The Strawberry Lemon flavor is my favorite; it’s so light and refreshing! I love that it helps keep me hydrated, and also has 10g of collagen and 3g of sugar or less.