Ahh, summer vacation is a time to travel and let it all hang loose. But if you plan ahead, you can stay healthy and fit while enjoying time off.
One of the easiest ways to exercise while on vacation is to stay in hotels that have fitness centers. But Jazzercise Founder and CEO Judi Sheppard Missett recommends making fitness a natural part of your summer vacation. Every little bit helps: if you burn an extra 100 calories every day for a year, you can lose up to 10 pounds.
Walk Before You Fly
If you have long layovers in airports, walk your time away. Many airports have art exhibits or museums so your mind will stay active, too.
Sightsee by Bicycle
Find out if your destination has a bicycle path, then rent bikes and get a closer look at the area while pedaling through. For a slower pace, ask if your vacation spot has a self-guided walking tour.
Try Something New
Whether you’re traveling or enjoying a “staycation,” try something new. How about stand-up paddling or kite-surfing? Ever wanted to learn ballroom dancing? Now’s a great time. You’ll always remember this summer as the time you learned to dance.
Plan an Active Vacation
Plan a trip specifically to bicycle through mountains, ride horses through the countryside or surf on a tropical island. Tour companies specialize in providing all the arrangements for you. Your only job will be to have fun!
Pack healthy protein or nut bars in your daypack in case you find yourself out and about for hours. You can eat the bars anytime, anywhere, keeping yourself energized. When you finally sit down for lunch or dinner, you’ll be well-balanced and make healthy choices.
Stay hydrated while you are out having fun. Drinking water during your summer activities will assure a healthy, balanced body and mind.
When you plan fitness as part of your summer vacation, you’ll return home feeling revitalized, and ready to bring that momentum into your daily life.
Judi Sheppard Missett, who turned her love of jazz dance into a worldwide dance exercise phenomenon, founded the Jazzercise dance fitness program in 1969. She has advanced the business opportunities of women and men in the fitness industry by growing the program into an international franchise business that today, hosts a network of 7,800 instructors teaching more than 32,000 classes weekly in 32 countries.
The workout program, which offers a fusion of jazz dance, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, cardio box and Latin style movements, has positively affected millions of people worldwide. Benefits include increased cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility, as well as an overall "feel good" factor. Additional Jazzercise programs include Junior Jazzercise, Jazzercise Lite and Personal Touch. For more information on Jazzercise go to jazzercise.com or call (800)FIT-IS-IT or (760)476-1750.