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Vacation Doesn't Have to Sabotage Your Fitness Routine

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Underlying all that resting and relaxation, fitness-minded vacationers may be worrying that their fitness routine has gone down the tubes. But vacationers need not fret. In fact, they might actually benefit from the change in pace and environment, which can provide new and entertaining ways of exercising. And because it's fun, traveling exercisers won't be counting the minutes until the workout is over.

Daytime Activities

Sightseeing is a great opportunity to exercise. Taking a 20-minute brisk walk instead of a stroll can turn a day tour into a workout. Or, for a faster pace, sightseers can rent a bike or strap on a pair of inline skates and head for the park.

For those drawn to the seashore, a bounty of activities can help you burn calories. Beachcombers can take an extended swim or play a bit of beach volleyball. Or consider surfing, canoeing, bike riding and hiking.

If a gym routine is a must, local health clubs typically offer day rates, and some hotels are equipped with gym equipment.

Hotel Workouts

Even without a fully equipped gym, the hotel can still be a good place for a workout. Space-saver circuit routines can be done easily in the confines of a hotel room. The routine involves alternating one-minute each of push-ups, sit-ups, lunges and squats with two minutes of marching in place. Going through the circuit twice in 12 minutes will help you to keep the heart pumping and the muscles toned.

Airplane-seat Routines

One of the biggest problems with vacationing is the long period of time spent traveling. Whether by plane, train, boat or car, travel involves a lot of time in a stagnant, seated position. Prolonged periods of time spent sitting can be demanding on muscles, in particular those in the lower back, shoulders and neck. These exercises can help you to maintain proper posture, increase circulation and reduce muscle tension during travel.

1. Centering and breathing: Focus on aligning your posture, taking in full, deep breaths for a few seconds. Sit tall, ribcage lifted, shoulders back but relaxed, pelvis aligned with the head in a natural extension of the spine. Place one hand right below the ribcage and inhale through the nose. Take air in deeply, feeling the stomach expand beneath the ribcage. Slowly exhale while you make a hissing sound in the back of your throat. Take 10 of these deep breaths while maintaining good posture.

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