To me, the ideal holiday involves time to run and sweat. This is a good thing because in my opinion, holidays are also about good food and if I don't mix a bit of exercise in there, it's so easy to feel sluggish. And then when I get home, I feel the need to overcompensate. Ideally, the holiday IS the cleanse, as opposed to the crazy juice concoction you force yourself to drink to get rid of the Las Vegas you brought home with you.... Also there's something to be said about breaking from your normal routine; most days it's about jamming the workout in there out of a feeling of obligation, but when on holiday it's about being intentional about your health and taking time to enjoy feeling vibrant and alive.
With that being said, I know most people don't go on holiday to "work out" - but I believe you can actually get MORE out of your vacation time when you take time to get your heart rate up. Here are my tips for loving the holiday burn:
1. Get out and explore: Forget the hotel gym. If you're in a new place, a good run around the neighbourhood is an awesome way to feel like a "local" while you're on vacation. I always love picturing what it's like to live in the place I'm visiting, and a run through the area always lets me get a glimpse into this life. Of course - I like to map out the run beforehand, tell someone where I'm going and also
2. Work it into the schedule: I know the last thing most people want to do is draft an excel spreadsheet of your holiday time, but if there's one thing I insist on "Scheduling" while I'm on holiday, it's a bit of time to get the heart rate up. If I don't do it, it's way too easy to just push it aside in lieu of falling in a puddle on the hotel bed at the end of the day (or just not leaving the cottage property if you're having a bit of a staycation). Also, I've discovered that communication about "me time" with your partner is essential when you have a little one. If it's possible, carve out even half an hour to do something that makes you glow!
3. Step outside your comfort zone: Use the new surroundings to step outside your comfort zone. I'm staying at a cottage that's not far from a ski resort and the hill's obviously in the off season - but it's the perfect opportunity to climb the hill. Take a look around and really embrace what the area has to offer. Rent a bike, find some local trails to hike, do an awesome yoga class in the city; trying something new is a great way to really have the trip make an imprint. When you get to your destination, or even in advance, do some research on what sort of things the area offers.