If you are visiting family:
- Take advantage of local trails or tracts, most local high schools allow the use of their tracts.
- Plan a morning walk to a local farmers market (http://www.ams.usda.gov/farmersmarkets/maps.htm) , or to a local shop.
- Spend time with family and friends by going for a walk around the park or neighborhood.
- Help out around the house by pitching in with cleaning, gardening, mowing, etc.
Check out the city you are visiting:
- Visit area exercise classes close to your destination, many will let you try the class for free, you can go to the city you are visiting website for local classes.
- Take a guided walking tour to get your exercise and get to know the city better.
- Challenge your travel companion to a pedometer contest. Whoever racks up the most steps gets treated to a healthy dinner or some sort of pampering the next day.
- Plan your trip so that you are visiting a particular city when there is a 5K walk or run, check out http://www.active.com/ for information.
If you are planning a road trip:
- Rent or bring your own bike, find local riding trails at http://www.traillink.com/.
- Plan hikes along the way, a good way to stretch after riding long distances, check out http://www.nps.gov/applications/parksearch/topicsearch.cfm or http://www.americanhiking.org/.
- Look for places to swim, most hotels have a nice pool (to make sure, check out http://www.swimmersguide.com/ ), local YMCA's, or if you prefer the outdoors check out http://www.swimmingholes.org/ .
If your headed for a beach:
- Park your car and walk back and forth to the beach.
- Bring toys to play with, like Frisbees, balls, and seaside games, shovels and buckets for playing in the sand and picking up shells.
- Rent or bring equipment for snorkeling, kayaking, or sailing. (Many shops offer lessons)
- Walking or running in wet sand burns extra calories.
Enjoy your vacation, stay fit, and be safe!
Blessings for a Glorious Day!