|Holly Serrao, Ph.D.
I’ve had people give (usually unsolicited) advice to take time “off” form exercising while on vacation. But exercise doesn’t have to feel like a chore…something you need to take time “off” from in order to enjoy yourself on vacation. It actually usually adds to my enjoyment of a trip - gives me some time to myself (when I might be with family non-stop), helps relieve stress (yes, even vacations have some) & allows to me explore & experience the places we visit in a whole different way - sometimes even seeing sites I wouldn’t have seen otherwise. Exercising while traveling doesn’t have to be rigid - it doesn’t have to mean sticking to the exact workout plan you do at home, running the exact amount of mileage you’re “supposed to,” sticking to a strict diet plan - if we did it that way maybe it would feel like a chore & be stressful (& stress out those around us!) Exercise can be fun & functional - These past 10 days in Italy I walked miles around new cities, hiked at a National park, ran among the Apennine mts, stumbled upon a random weight lifting station by the Adriatic Sea and brought my bands & did some modified workouts (compliments of @bwellandfitwithanna). If we allow ourselves to be flexible & adaptive, exercising can actually add to an experience rather than take away from it - & maybe that’s a good lesson to have for most things in life