Be the tortoise or the hare, either way you have to work harder to move on the sand, meaning you’ll blast more calories than you would pounding the pavement. And with the scenery of the Emerald Coast your workout just became a bit more enjoyable.
9. Go to Gold’s
Gold’s Gym offers one of the newest and cleanest facilities beach side. Break out of your boring routine rut and try a new group class like yoga, spinning or Zumba.
8. Power Shop
So, maybe when you think of shopping you think of leisurely strolling through shops with a Grande Mocha Frappachino in hand. Well, take the pace up a few notches and lose the Frappachino. Shop for a couple of hours and you’ve burned just as many calories as a boring half hour cardio session on the elliptical machine.
Take advantage of the free time a vacation offers and try a new activity like snorkeling. Since swimming is a form of resistance movement even an easy snorkeling trip counts as your daily dose of exercise.
6. Beach Games
Get your booty off that towel and pick up a football, volleyball or paddleboard set. Remember, all movement is a form of exercise a good workout doesn’t require a gym or even shoes for that matter.
For a killer arm workout skip the reps and rent a kayak. If just dragging it out into the water doesn’t tire you, paddling against the waves will leave your arms, back and shoulders feeling like Jell-O.
Your hotel home for the week most likely has tennis courts so be sure to pack your rackets. If you left them at home but want to play ask about rentals or go to Wal-Mart, where you can buy a set and balls for fewer than twenty bucks.
Swim laps in the pool or frolic in the ocean. Play a game of “Marco-Polo” with your kids, they’ll love the fact that you want to play and you can burn the calories in that cocktail you just consumed.
I don’t mean a moped, scooter or a Harley. I’m talking about the kind that requires you to pedal. With tons of beautiful places to ride there’s no excuse not to sneak some cardio action into your vacation.
1. Try Something New!
Again, what better time to learn than on vacation! Try surfing, SCUBA diving, kiteboarding, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, canoeing. It doesn’t matter what, just anything that keeps your body in motion and your mind away from the fact that you are actually exercising.