The Lighter Side of Travel
Fit While on Vacation
For those of you who still want to maintain your exercise regime whilst in a faraway land (or just vacationing for a week or two on the Jersey shore) this column's for you. For those of you who don't give hoot or a holler about keeping your derrière trim and would rather spend time eating KFC than going to the GYM, keep eating your Cheesy-Poofs and read this anyway, what the hellyou're here now.
All right, here's the scoop: it's easier to stay in shape while you're away, if you do a little re-con work first (that's short for reconnaissance mission, which is long for homework). Call ahead of time to see where the gyms are and ask about their policies for out of town guests. (Granted, if you're going to a remote island, chances are the gym might be a few large vines, so it's always good to think of alternate forms of exercise. Walking or running are good ways to get an aerobic workout, and can be done almost anywhere. Skipping is a also an excellent aerobic workout, however, most people can't get by the "looking goony" factor to do it.
one of the hardest place to watch your waistline is on a cruise
ship. Because let's face it, they serve a meal, what? Every 15 seconds?
There's a continental breakfast, then the real breakfast, the buffet before
lunch, then lunch, the snack after lunch, the buffet before dinner, then
dinner, the pastry and ice cream affair after dinner and then the illustrious
midnight buffet. Unless you're wearing drawstring pants or a muumuu with
pleats, you won't be able to move after all those meals.
Then of course, there's trying to exercise in a foreign country, where you don't know what the heck lies around the next corner. So, if you're going jogging, bring a companion. Bringing someone along is also good if you get lost and can't find your way back to the hotel; this way, if you take a friend, you can blame each other.
Most hotels have at least some sort of exercise room. However, most of them are usually pretty lame. If you are staying in a hotel that doesn't have an exercise facility, try using common objects in your room to exercise with. You can do "behind the head tricep bends" with that Gideon's Bible that's always in the drawer. The weight is just right to get a couple of good sets in and healthiness in next to godliness. The phone book works good to put on your chest while you're doing sit-ups. If you're really motivated, throw the Yellow Pages on top of that. Then call someone and tell them how good you feel!
Also, wherever you are, try taking the stairs whenever possible (unless of course, you're visiting the Empire State Building or the Eiffel Tower).
Lastly, watch your calories. Remember, calories eaten on vacation DO count. Even if you stand up while you're eating over the sink in Helsinki.