Travel Fitness for Business Travelers


Oct 1, 2006

Turning a Family Vacation into an Exercise Opportunity

Sometimes with the hustle and bustle of business travel we often overlook that a family vacation can be an excellent opportunity reconnect with your family and teach your children the importance of exercise. For families who are up to the challenge, outdoor or nature oriented vacations provide the perfect opportunity.

For the brave and truly outdoorsy types going camping and building a tent is the best choice, however if you're not quite ready to give up all of your creature comforts like electricity and indoor plumbing a cabin is a more logical choice. If you really want to get the most out of your vacation select a destination with just the basics, that means no TV, no internet and no cell phone reception. Remember a vacation is about giving your mind some downtime to recharge as well as your body. While none of us wants to torture our children or spouses if you can get them to agree to a “gadget free” vacation go for it, otherwise give them a one gadget limit to keep the peace.

If you are looking for a wide variety of activities to keep your fellow campers happy and entertained choose a family campground, lodge or dude ranch. They usually have a variety of options like horseback riding, archery, swimming, and trial or mountain biking. These facilities usually include arts, crafts, parties and dinner shows as well, and are very family friendly even for small children.

If you're looking for more of an adventurous nomadic like vacation, try a canoe or river rafting trip. These trips are usually multi family venues with several guides to keep the show running. You'll travel down streams and rivers by day getting lots of exercise paddling and steering. At night you set up camp by the fire and get some great stories and some education on the way. Take your level of experience into account when selecting your tour package.

If your want a more land based vacation, try someplace with hills or mountains that that allow hiking or biking. This type of vacation allows you to go at your own time table without feeling like you are holding up the group. If you and your family enjoy it you can make it a yearly or semi-yearly event. You can even set multi state goals such as hiking up the highest mountain in every state.

If you're ready to plan an outdoor vacation that will have a lot of exercise here are some tips to keep in mind:

Don't over exert the group. Not everyone may be in perfect shape and may need more frequent breaks. It's always easier to make things more difficult, but not as simple to make things easier.

Don't push to hard. Kids who are in school or day or your spouse who sits behind a desk may not be used to continuous physical exertion. Realize everyone has limits and don't go beyond them.

Stay hydrated. Make sure everyone has enough water for the trip. Some people prefer sports or energy drinks but are careful of the carbs and sugar.

Safety first. If you're going off without a guide into the woods bring a basic first aid kit. If your cell phone works it's ok to bring it just don't use it to call the office and close that one last sale.

Remember that by showing kids exercise is not just something you do but something that can be fun you are teaching them an important life lesson.

This article was written by Allison Preston who runs the fitness website Allison writes about a variety of health, fitness, and diet, nutrition and exercise subjects in her fitness blog, and reviews popular consumer fitness and diet products on her website


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