When thinking about a relaxing vacation, a exercise and workout routine might not be the first thing to pop to mind. It can be difficult to find motivation to keep active on a vacation or continue to exercise in an unfamiliar environment. Here are some ways you can get quality exercise during your break while still enjoying your well-deserved vacation after a busy school year.
Hiking a nature trail or mountain: Adding elevation and a quick yet steady pace will provide maximum calorie burning and increase endurance and leg strength.
Calories Burned: Around 400 calories per hour = two Krispy Kreme doughnuts
Shopping while exploring a mall, museum or neighborhood: Walking through museums, stores and neighborhoods for hours can add up to a large amount of miles. Carrying decent-sized, full shopping bags and backpacks will also help with arm strength.
Calories Burned: 170 calories per hour = one large bag of nerds candy
Biking instead of taking a taxi or car: Biking is a quick, accessible and relatively cheap way to travel around a city. Most cities also now have a convenient bike rental system and bike paths throughout the city.
Calories Burned: Around 500 calories per hour = one McDonalds Quarter Pounder with cheese
Kayaking: Kayaking is a great way to see some wildlife sights from the water. This aerobic activity improves arm, abs and back strength in addition to cardiovascular ability.
Calories Burned: Around 340 calories per hour = a Starbucks Mud Pie Ice Cream Bar