I know that summer is a busy time for travel. Whether you're headed for the beach, a lake house, or to visit friends and family, it's important to keep up your walking program even when you're on vacation.
Here are 5 tips to help you do that:
1. If you're sightseeing, put on a pedometer. Whether you're touring a quaint neighborhood, or walking with your children or grandchildren, chances are you're logging a lot of steps, and miles. So, put on a pedometer before you head out and see just how far you walked. While it may not be brisk, all of that walking counts.
2. Take a walking tour. Many places offer maps with a walking tour of the town. Not only will you get in your exercise, you'll get a chance to see a lot of new sites. There's nothing like new scenery to make your walk even more enjoyable!
3. Walk before everyone else gets up. If your vacation involves more sedate activities, like basking on the beach, get up early in the morning before the rest of your travel companions wake up. That way you get in your walk during the cool morning hours, and will earn your relaxation.
4. Take off your shoes and walk along the beach. If you've ever taken a brisk walk in the sand, you know it offers extra resistance on your legs--so you don't have to travel quite as far to get the same amount of exercise. Plus, if you get hot or tired, you can dip your feet in the cool ocean water.
5. Give yourself a fun destination. Whether you want to see a quaint little shop in town, or are headed for a restaurant that's nearby, leave the car behind and walk. There's nothing like walking to see something that's enjoyable to keep you motivated.
Now it's your turn:
1. Do you have a tip for keeping up your walking program when you're on vacation?
2. If you walked this week, please log your days, miles, or time walked. And if you just started your walking program, let us know that too.
I hope you're summer is going well--and keep on walking!
Remember to consult your doctor before beginning a new exercise program.