Fitting in Fitness on Vacation

Welcome back to Tuesdays on the Run with me, Patty from My No-Guilt Life, and Erika from MCM Mama Runs; today’s topic is Fitting in Fitness on Vacation.  I just got back from a short trip to Disney, so you’d think I’d have a lot to say about this but to be honest, when I go to Disney I don’t usually do any structured exercise at all!


I split my views on formal exercise during vacations into two main categories.  When I’m going on a very active vacation, like Disney or hiking in Arizona, I don’t feel a big need to work running or lifting into my schedule.  I’m usually so beat that my feet and legs are sore and I get a pretty good upper body workout right now toting Eli around wherever we go.  If I’m at Disney for a full week and have a day or two without going to a park, I will try to get a run in as long as I’m feeling not too sore.

On the other hand, if I’m traveling for work or spending a week at the beach where I’m active but not on my feet for the whole day, I do like to keep up my workout schedule.  I’m pretty flexible about it depending on what is available where I am and what the weather is.   I only do my strength training if there’s a gym available, otherwise I just consider it a rest/recovery week.

I am a lot more consistent about getting my runs in on a long vacation or business trip.  The biggest considerations are the weather and the safety of the area.  In almost all cases, if I’m going to run, it’s going to be first thing in the morning before everything else starts!

At the beach, I’ll run on sidewalks along A-1-A or a side road as early in the morning as I can get up.  On a work trip, if I’m unfamiliar with the area, I try to stick near the resort and make sure I’m running during daylight hours, ideally before my work sessions start.  Often, the front desk can provide a map with running/walking paths.


It’s best if you can do this with a friend, but at the minimum make sure to tell someone that you’re going and when you’re expected back.  If you’re traveling alone, call a loved one and tell them to expect a call when you’re done.  Worst case, either bail on the run or (ugh!) hit the treadmill.  When traveling in an unfamiliar area it’s wise to err on the side of caution.

The worst part about exercising while on a vacation or work trip is having to pack all that extra stuff.  Shoes, sports bra, socks, bondiband, sparkleskirt, shirt (all times the # of times you’re working out) tends to take up a lot of room!  I read that some hotel chain was offering to let you borrow workout gear, but that might be kind of weird and hard to find the right fit for anything more than a light workout.

So, what’s your workout while traveling philosophy?  Rain or shine get it done?  It can wait until I get home?  Or are you like me and it depends on the trip type, duration and area?

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Fitting in Fitness on Vacation — 26 Comments

  1. I love my A1A route along the beach! (I even added a picture of it on my post this week). I agree, an active vacation is usually tiring enough, but if I’m just going somewhere to lay around I really feel like I still need to get in my runs!

    • Yeah, it was a fun day when I went to the beach all by myself! And it was basically empty so I could do fun stuff like that!

    • I totally figure it counts! I often bring my running stuff to Disney trips and never ever use it (unless I have a day that I don’t go to the parks!).

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    • I do like exploring new places, but usually I do it with walks and hikes!

  3. I’ve run at times on a vacation (It has been a while since I went on vacation! yikes!!), but I’ve never blogged about it. Hmm…
    The best place for me to run has been at Disney. We stayed at POR this past December. Hubby is NOT a rope-drop kind of guy, so I’d take advantage and go for a run. But it wasn’t long and easy, more quick and hard. Then I’d use the walking around in the parks as a way to get my legs moving.
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    • Sounds like you need a vacation! We do rope-drop fairly consistently which has a big impact on my ability to get a morning run in.

  4. When I’m not on a run-cation, I try to find something new to do where I am. At the beach, I will do water sports, or if I am in a new city to explore (when I am not alone) then I love to walk around! If a work trip, then I usually will try and fit in some gym time when I am able!
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    • I do love walking around a new city! Central Park in New York is so much fun and I loved exploring Chicago (even in the snow!).

    • You’re so funny! Keeping Fit on vacation is a perfect interpretation of the topic! 🙂

    • Oh that sounds so exciting! And I bet the running will reduce the wedding nerves!

  5. I’ve found running to be a great way to see places and things I otherwise wouldn’t while I’m traveling, which is cool. My favorite was running across the Golden Gate Bridge! I don’t think I would have thought to even walk across if I hadn’t gotten it into my head that I needed to run and looked up the path. 🙂
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    • That sounds amazing! I do love running races in new areas, I still feel safe but get to explore a new area.

    • Good to be smart about safety. I don’t like to be paranoid but I like to make sure I’m aware of the area and risks.

    • I love it when resorts have nice jogging trails and maps. I stayed at one recently that had a gorgeous golf course but they didn’t let people run/walk on it, even early in the morning before it opened. 🙁