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Sweet, sweet summertime! Who else is enjoying all the fun and the sun? I sure am! I’ve also been crushing some of my fit goals. As I gear up for vacation, I can’t help but fear getting off track from everything I have been working toward. Thankfully, I know some ways I can still work toward my goals on vacay. I am still able to relax and soak up the sun while I am gone but also not have it be so hard when I return and get back into a normal routine. Here are my three tips to stay the course while on vacation:

Tip #1: Plan workouts

If you’re going away on vacation, chances are you will not have access to the same equipment or workout classes you usually do. Before you head out of town, look up body weight or “no equipment” workouts or programs requiring no or limited equipment like a set of dumbbells and jump rope. The key is to know what you are going to do ahead of time and are prepared for it.

Tip #2: Work out in the AM

I am not one to consistently log the pre-sunrise exercise routine, but on vacation I find it so important to make this happen. While everyone is waking up and slowly getting ready for the day ahead, I quick get my workout in. Or, maybe you wake up a little bit earlier than everyone else and get it done. The last thing I want to do after relaxing out in the sun all day is come back and workout. It’s nice to know it’s out of the way, then kick back, have dinner, play games, and sit by the fire.

Tip #3: Choose physical activities

My favorite activity while on vacation is sitting in a beach chair and not moving for hours on end if I can. However, I try to include exciting activities into my day that are truly a workout, but I don’t view them as so. Examples include volleyball on the beach, going for a hike, taking a walk, running along the water’s edge, swimming, kayaking, etc. Grab your family and/or friends and get them involved too!

You don’t have to get off track from your summer fit goals if your plan is to maximize time off to camp, fish, explore the outdoors, or plan a couple roadtrips. If you plan your workouts, get it done in the morning, and/or choose physical activities throughout the day while you’re away, it will be so much easier to return to your normal routine once you return. Enjoy your time off and soak up every minute of our beautiful Michigan summer! And, hopefully we will see you around CKO Kickboxing when you get back.

-Stephanie, Health & Fitness Enthusiast