The festive season comes around and your inner Energizer Bunny starts to worry as you are headed to a different part of the world, either for vacation or visiting your family - all without the familiarity of your usual gym!
It’s interesting what happens to our mindset when our social norms are stripped from us alongside our natural routines. We go blank. However, it doesn’t take much to pop a few things in your carry-on before you embark on your adventures or family reunions.
But fear not, there are plenty of ways to stay active this festive season without having to step foot in a single studio or lift a dumbbell. It can be easy!
Read on to find out more…
1. Sneakers: These are the are most important and will often get you out of that hotel room or house and to take a few steps or even go for a little hike or a stroll in the park or beach (if you're going somewhere warm). Don’t be too hard on yourself for starting out slow, after all you’re on holiday and most likely need this time to take it easy!
2: Yoga mat: This you can roll out anywhere, anytime. Whether it is used for your morning sun salutations as you breathe in the crisp air, or a crunching ab circuit, this mat will provide you the support you need.
3: Sliders/Gliders OR two dry face cloths: These bad boys will allow you to smoothly glide across any slippery surface for workouts that will engage your entire body head to toe.
4: Skipping rope: Whether you are working at high intensities or maintaining your heart rate, skipping is an amazing form of aerobic activity that will certainly keep you on top of your game! Incorporate it into a circuit and you have a killer station.
5: Resistance bands: These are a great addition to another traveller's luggage and/or backpack! Not only can you tie and wrap them to any sturdy surface, they will keep your muscles firing and your heart rate pumping as you can get a burn and challenge your strength.
6: TRX: If you have access to one, they are easy to pack and are the ultimate holiday piece! Tie them to a tree or any stable beams and you have a resistance workout waiting for you! Upper, lower, trunk… they will all be burning.
These are some of the items that you can easily include in your packing list to help you stay active on your vacation and burn off some of the wine from the night before. Put that all together and you have yourself one organised “holiday-er”.
At the end of the day, remember that it is okay to let loose and relax a little as you wrap up the wonderful year, but the above would hopefully be helpful for you get your heart rate up without the stress of looking for a fitness centre or gym.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Having fully immersed herself in the industry for 6 years all over the world, Kristy has competed and coached in her fitness journey. The drive and ambition to help others discover their true potential is what gets her out of bed every morning.
Specialising in a holistic approach to training, Kristy loves seeing her clients physically change into something they often cannot imagine.