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Tips for your fit vacation + Sayonara!

Aruba, Jamaica, Bermuda, Bahama, Key Largo, Montego… Kyoto.

Once you have your vacation booked, you’ll either do one of two things: 1. Swear off exercise for the week, or 2. Start to worry about how to stay on the fitness wagon. Either way, you want to relax… just not necessarily at the cost of your healthy routine. Here are some tips for exercising while on vacation:

  1. Make it a morning thing. Get up and workout before anyone else is ready to start their day.
  2. Get everyone involved by planning active vacation excursions like hikes, biking the boardwalk or paddle boarding.
  3. Pack the right gear. Get a travel yoga mat and have your carry-on double as a gym bag. If your sneakers are bulky, wear them to the airport. Skinny trainers more your style? Zip them in an outside suitcase compartment.
  4. Snacks – Working out will be difficult if you aren’t fueled appropriately. Bring protein powder, power bars and peanut butter on your trip, then stock up on fruit like bananas and apples when you get to your destination.

My fitness picks:

    • Yoga matManduka’s eKO SuperLite® Travel Mat rolls up super skinny and can fold to fit at the bottom of your suitcase.
    • Gym bag – A backpack or smaller bag that crosses over the body.
    • Bathing suit – Looking to do some water sports? Get a bathing suit that will cover your most valuable assets no matter how many times you fall off that paddle board. Athleta has some great finds.
    • Fitness apps – I really like the POPSUGAR Active app for short cardio workouts. Are you a yogi? Download Lululemon’s OmFinder to attend a class near your hotel.
    • Snacks – Those 100-cal granola bars shouldn’t be your go-to snack all the time, but quick carb bars are perfect for morning workouts. Bananas and peanut butter are great pre- or post-workout.

Happy and safe travels! I post a lot of pictures from my trips on Instagram (#EmiryTravels, #SHSHtravels). Follow me, @emilyatSHSH.

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  1. Wow! this is amazing. Thanks for the tips. The instagram photo, what location is that? Nice view! 🙂


  2. “I want to see the sun, the snow is now irritating me 🙂
    Thanks for those morning vacation tips, I am planning for a vacation and will be visiting some bright sunny beaches soon. Glad reading your post!”