Working out while traveling? Yes!

“I can’t wait to work out while I’m on vacation!” Said nobody, ever.

Well, that’s not an entirely true statement.

I’m sure there are a few diehards who, no matter where they are and what time it is, are willing to get up at the ass-crack of dawn to get their fit on. Heck, I’m even one of them. Being a gym owner, it’s a responsibility of mine.

But if you’re one of the many not willing to trade a good time for a weight room, there are plenty of other options that are available and bonus! — a lot of fun that it won’t even seem like you are burning calories, when you would rather be burning the candle at both ends, digging into that delicacy that’s only available locally, while throwing those obligatory Fireball shots back.

I’ve done my fair share of travel and I can say this — whether you are near a coast or more inland, whether it be desert or tropical, somebody somewhere nearby is going to offer some type of excursion. There is always a way.

If you are near an ocean:

Kayaking.

This is a great activity to go it alone or with a group. You don’t need any special skill and can learn how to do it quite quickly. Depending on your region, you might catch a whale or dolphin as well.

With regards to your weight, you will burn anywhere from 300 to 500 calories an hour! You’ll be toning your biceps, back and abs and you won’t even realize that you are doing it.

An even better reward is that it’s a great way to relieve stress, while decompressing and inhaling that fresh air. Isn’t that what a vacation is all about, after all?

If you are in the desert, mountains, city, beach — pretty much anywhere:

Biking.

This is one of those enjoyable all-terrain, anywhere, anytime activites. I’ve done it in the mountains, the beach, through the city. It’s a wonderful way to get around town by yourself or with your family.

Depending on your level of effort and weight, you can burn anywhere from 300–1,000 calories an hour. So find that long stretch along the coastline, steep hillside and get peddling! Several hours can pass by rather quick.

Lucky you if you’re in Maui, Hawaii — there are biking tours daily from the top of Haleakala Crater. 26 miles of downhill riding with endless views of paradise. What a way to explore the island!

Now, are you ready for this one?

Horseback Riding.

Yes. Horseback riding.

Contrary to what you might believe, the horse doesn’t do all the work here for you.

While Trigger is getting a cardiovascular workout, depending on if it’s walking or trotting, you’ll be strengthening your trunk and increasing your heart rate. How? Well, instead of just sitting on the horse, you will feel the need balance, which in turn causes you to engage your core and leg muscles, burning up to 300 calories per hour — as much as a session in the gym!

If you’re someone who has yet to partake in a fitness plan, or it’s been quite sometime since you’ve worked out, this activity hardly takes any effort and works for all ages and fitness levels.

And finally, my favorite:

Hiking.

If you’re visiting a National Park or Monument, this is a MUST. You don’t need to go far or fast to get the cardivascular and strengthening benefits.

Whether a novice or expert, every area has a trail that will fit your needs. Meander through a grassy meadow and watch Bambi scamper about. Take that incline to the top of a waterfall and reward yourself with the mist that cools you down. Or discover that hidden canyon that only a few have trekked to.

Calories burned depends on your level of exertion, the type of terrain and how much you weigh, but be prepared to burn anywhere from 400 to 600 calories an hour. I once did an 18 mile hike in the High Sierra — a high altitude trail, and was astonished to see I had burned almost 10,000 calories!

Just remember to be safe and prepared. Bring the right essentials along with enough water and snacks.

Most of all, have fun and enjoy your vacation!