I find the students who enjoy the best results -- be it fat loss, consistent energy and/or strength gains -- are the ones who shift their identity from someone trying to be active to someone who is active.
Vacation season is upon us. Road trips. Days at the beach. Family parties. Backyard barbecues. You can almost smell it!
But what does this have to do with fitness?
Someone who is trying to be active: "Ah, vacation from the gym and eating healthy meals. Bring on the ice cream cones and lounge chairs!"
Someone who is active: "Yay, I get to take my run to the beach front, go paddle boarding, and enjoy evening strolls on the boardwalk!"
The point? If your identity is that of someone who is a bit of a neatnik, you don't take a vacation from tidying and cleaning. Okay, maybe you enjoy the thrill of housekeeping making your bed while on vacation. But every neatnik I have known will still keep their hotel room tidy. They may not be able to help themselves when waking in a hotel room. They pull the covers up, put the pillows back. It is habitual. Part of their routine. It is the fabric of who they are or have become through a consistent pattern of behavior. They aren't telling themselves, "I'm going to try and be tidy and make this bed." They just do it.
To the same end, active people aren't trying to be active. They just get moving. As a wise man once said, "Do or do not, there is no try." Yeah, I quoted Yoda.
Here are some of the ways our super fit friends stay active and healthy while they are away from the Club --
Kara, Fit Club member since 2015
"People think I'm nuts, but I always work out on vacation! I use the hotel gym and do cardio and weights, take runs on the beach. I've rented bikes and paddle boards, and even taken a TRX class in Mexico."
Simply by hitting the hotel gym, you are going to find yourself challenging your workout in new ways. If you are lucky enough to find some equipment in there, it's often a treadmill and a handful of odd sized dumbbells. This may not be what you are used to using at the Club. But, there are great On-the-Go Workouts available through our mobile app to keep you inspired.
But what I really love is that Kara has rented bikes and paddle boards. The beauty of being fit is being able to apply your strength to entirely different sports.
Katie, Fit Club member since 2016
"Hiking and swimming with the kids."
Time off for Katie means time together with the family and away from the hectic schedules they keep. Recall for a moment how thrilling it was as a kid to spend entire days in a wet swim suit, hopping in and out of the water. How much more exciting was it when an adult would pull you through the water on their back? See where I am going here? Being fit for many active parents means being able to dive right in with the kiddos and create fun family memories.
Kristine, Fit Club member since 2017
"I don't really ever get to take a vacation, but I do get away for long weekends that involve some sort of activity -- mostly hiking. I look for trails near where we're staying, and we'll do day trips to state parks because we get to bring the dog hiking with us."
Traveling with your dog is one of the best ways to discover all the outdoor spaces at your destination. They aren't going to stay cooped up in a hotel room. Hey, it's their vacation, too! If you have ever taken a dog for a trail walk, you will know that they return home and sleep like a log. The exposure to the fresh scents and sights is as thrilling as it is exhausting. Psst -- works the same way on humans. Bring Fido with, discover some trails, and enjoy some of the best sleep of the year when you turn in at night.
Jaime, Fit Club member since 2016
"I run everywhere I go! (Once I am there, not to get there, that is.) While I am working out, I get to explore whatever place I am in. I also do an at-home core and stability workout when I am traveling."
If you are an avid runner or training for any distance race, odds are you really don't like treadmills. C'mon. Let's face it. You look and feel like a hamster on a wheel. Even your old standby neighborhood routes get rote. As a hobby runner, myself, I love taking to the pavement in new towns. You may discover a hidden gem -- independent coffee shop or gallery -- worth checking out later or stumble upon a sweet look out that you could have easily passed by in the rental car or taxi cab.
I love that Jaime is also taking workouts on the road. Everyone is prone to some niggling ache or pain, whether from the repetitive strain of running or tightness owing to being seated for prolonged periods. Making a core and balance workout a part of your everyday routine, regardless of your environs, is one way to keep pain at bay.
Susan, Fit Club member since 2014
"I used to take my running shoes with me on vacation but they would never leave my suitcase. Now that I work out regularly at Fit Club I make time to go jogging while on vacation -- it's a habit now!"
And there you have it. Susan hits the nail on the head. When we stop "trying" and simply show up, it becomes a habit. And habits will last you a lifetime, no matter how far you are from the Club.
Tomorrow, I will be back to talk more about the nutrition side of the coin.
Disclaimer: Fit Club is not a medical doctor and the information contained herein should not be taken as medical advice. These are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any health problem. Recommendations by Fit Club are not intended to replace the advice of a physician or health professional. Please consult your physician or a health professional before beginning any diet or exercise program.