If you're staying at a hotel, fitness facilities are usually available. When you are just starting a fitness program, try to stick to the times and exercises you are used to at home to help your build and maintain your new healthier lifestyle. If your hotel doesn't have adequate fitness facilities or the times are inconvenient, you can usually find a local gym close by that offers day passes. This also works well when renting a condo or beach house. Ask the rental agency for recommendations when booking.
Running or jogging on our beaches is great exercise and a wonderful experience, especially at sunrise. For those of us that are less fit, walking briskly may be a better idea. Walking or running in the softer sand higher on the beach really increases the workout, but wear higher socks and expect to empty out those shoes!
Whether you're trying to continue to those shed holiday pounds or maintain your fitness routine, it is possible to work it in to your trip and still have a great time away from home.
The Myrtle Beach Marathon has been named one of "the 10 great winter marathons" in the country by USA Today. In addition, they have achieved the status of an "Official Green" marathon by taking various steps to decrease any negative effect on the environment. Virtually all registration is done online and all updates and news is communicated by email or at their website. Recycling bins are conveniently located. A shuttle is available for transportation from area hotels to reduce energy consumption and emissions.
Charities benefiting from the Marathon are The Horry County Chapter of the Red Cross and The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of South Carolina. Since it start in 1998, the Myrtle Beach Marathon has helped raise over $2,000,000.
Races are selling out quickly, so if you are interested in a marathon with views of the ocean don't wait too long to check out mbmarathon.com.