Whether you’re seeking some warmth after the never-ending cold winter, or just looking to have a rest from the everyday norm, spring break is your answer. In planning a vacay, you may be only thinking about a beach chair, a good book, and a few fruity cocktails–and we don’t blame you. But don’t forget that you can have your getaway and still feel great, too. Set your sights on destinations that mix fitness and fun, and your spring break souvenirs will be a better body and possibly some new skills.
Camps for Grown-Ups: Turn your entire vacation into a learning opportunity. Surfing in Nicaragua, scuba diving in Belize, or skiing in Jackson Hole can all be checked off your bucket list after a week away. Camps offer all-inclusive amenities, including lodging, food, and instruction. You’ll also have downtime to do other activities. It’s great chance to learn something new, improve upon basic skills, and even meet new friends.
Make It a Retreat: If big adventure doesn’t sound relaxing enough to be considered a vacation, try a yoga or meditation retreat instead. Like camps, retreats often offer all-inclusive services so that you only need to worry about getting there. While hotels and spas offer retreats of their own, look into yoga studios in your area as many plan retreats for their members to enhance their practice while connecting with their local yogis, as well.
Day Trip It: Not ready to make your entire vacation all about being active? No worries, day trips can give you a taste of fitness while allowing for typical travel activities and much needed downtime. There are lots of options to try:
- Rent a bike and pedal to all of your sightseeing destinations instead of driving or taking a bus.
- Explore the natural wonders of where you’re visiting. Hike the nearby bluffs, kayak a local river, or run a well-known trail.
- Take an exercise class that isn’t offered where you live. Try a trapeze class or spend a day learning to rock climb.
- CrossFit boxes are open all over the world. If you’re familiar with WODs [What does WOD stand for?], see what you can learn with new coaches and different training styles. First classes are often free.
Make Use of Amenities: Often times, you don’t even need to leave your hotel to enjoy some extra exercise. Give their gym room a try, and switch up how you usually sweat with different–or even limited–equipment. If you like to run on land, jump in the pool instead. The water creates resistance while also being easier on your joints. Look into the amenities that are offered and see how they can help you stay in shape.
Staycation: Taking some time off but have no plans to actually get away? You can still make fitness the focus of your free time. Fit friends and family into your routine by heading out to fly kites or play at the park. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, try an indoor climbing gym or a trampoline zone where you can all bounce together. If you need some solo time, sign up for a new class that you’ve always wanted to try.
If cabin fever has likely led to a more sedentary life than you’d plan, use spring break to shake of the winter doldrums Bathing suit season is just around the corner. Start getting back in shape by using the spring season to inspire you.
What are your plans for spring break? Tell us in the comments.