Ahhh…Spring Break!!! Who doesn’t love that time of year?! As fun as spring break vacations can be, they can also be hugely detrimental to your fitness goals. Fortunately, that does not have to be the case. With a little planning, you can have your share of fun without sacrificing all the hard work you’ve put into reaching your fitness goals.
Here are a few tips to help you have a healthy spring break vacation.
1. Have an exercise routine planned out. Not having access to a gym is not an excuse to skip your workouts. On the contrary, it is a great time to change things up! **Don’t forget to pack gym clothes and shoes!
2. Stay hydrated. The sun can really zap your hydration so sip water throughout the day…all day!
3. Sleep well. I know, I know…vacations are all about doing as much as you can in the short time you are at your destination of choice. However, skimping on sleep can wreak havoc on your body. You don’t have to spend your vacation sleeping but be smart about it. If you stay out really late one night, don’t plan a very early morning outing the next day. Planning ahead of time is key.
4. Stock up on health snacks. We all know how easy it is to overeat while on vacation. The best way to keep things under control is to be armed with healthy snacks. Keep apples, bananas, nuts, and protein drinks in your hotel room for quick mid-day or late-night snacking.
To help you out, here are two sample workouts that can be done without equipment. No equipment=no excuses. Perform each exercise in order without rest – rest 30-60 seconds between rounds. Aim for 3-4 rounds.
Glute Bridge 12-15 reps
Pushups 5-10 reps
Bodyweight Squats 12-15 reps
Fire Hydrant 12-15 reps each leg
Plank 30-60 seconds
Alternating rear lunges 10-12 reps each leg
Alternating front lunges 10-12 reps each leg
Donkey kick 12-15 each leg
Mountain climbers 12-15 each leg
Tricep push ups 5-10 reps
Plank 30-60 seconds
*Additional exercises that can be added to each workout are: jumping jacks, jump rope, and jogging in place.
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