9 Tips for Exercising on Your Outer Banks Vacation

 

Do you love to slack - I mean relax :) - when your on vacation? Or do you like to advantage of a new environment to change up your workout routine?If you're the slacker relaxing-type, head back to the sand and soak up some rays. This post is not meant for you. :)If you are the get-out-there-and-exercise-type, here's a post right up your alley. Below are some "how to" tips to take advantage of your OBX vacation to try some new workouts.You've worked all year for that beach body, no need to stop now...especially when exercise can be this much fun! There's nothing quite like getting your workout on at the beach. How to Stay in Shape When Traveling: 9 Tips for Exercising on  Your OBX Vacation Getting away from reality is good for the soul, and getting away from the usual workout routine is good for the body. A vacation can be the perfect time to exercise. By freeing yourself from your routine, you open your mind to new ways to move your body, have fun and keep your body fit while you're on vacation.Here are some tips on how you can keep up the workouts while you're on vacation. Cardio If you want to maintain your cardio endurance while having fun, there are a variety of activities that will give you a great workout without feeling like exercise. Some of the best workouts include:

1. Walking on the beach Walking in soft sand is a killer workout and burns more calories than walking on flat ground. Some experts suggest that you can burn twice as many calories walking in soft sand. Keep it safe by wearing shoes (you may get shinsplints if you go barefoot for too long) and going for a few minutes at a time to get used to it. You'll be surprised how hard it is.

2. Beach volleyball You can burn more than 150 calories an hour, depending on how hard you work and it's a great way to meet other people at the beach while having fun.

3. Surfing, swimming and snorkeling Surfing is a total body workout that will challenge every muscle in your body. Even if you just paddle out to the waves and fall off, you'll get a great workout. Snorkeling is a bit more leisurely, but you can add intensity by swimming a little harder. If you're at a beach that doesn't have big waves, put on your snorkel gear and swim out and back for a few laps to get your blood moving.

4. Leisurely bike rides Long bike rides are a great way to see the Outer Banks while getting in some low-intensity exercise. If you take your time and go all day, you'll burn calories without even thinking about it.

5. Hiking Anytime you add elevation to your walks, you'll burn more calories. If you carry a backpack, you'll challenge yourself even more, all while enjoying a little nature. Check out Nags Head Woods for Outer Banks hiking opportunities.

6. Golf .Golf can be a dud of a workout if you ride around in a cart and drink beer at every hole. If you want to burn more calories, though, carry your clubs and walk the course. You'll burn around 200-300 calories per hour. Check out our Club Seaside golf clinic for a great golf workout.

7. Tennis Like golf, a game of tennis can be as easy or hard as you want it to be. Chasing the ball and hitting it like you're Serena Williams or Roger Federer will give you a great workout, burning up to 400 calories for a 150-lb person. If you like tennis, check out our Club Seaside cardio tennis clinic.

8. Shopping Okay, maybe shopping isn't the highest intensity activity, but it can be very aerobic under the right circumstances. If shopping is your activity of choice, make it count by walking fast, taking the stairs and avoiding fatty foods. Check out our Outer Banks shoppingopportunities.

9. Lifting Weights Finding fun cardio activities is easy when you're on vacation. Lifting weights, however, presents more of a challenge. You usually don't have much equipment and the thought of finding a gym isn't that appealing when you're trying to have fun.You don't have to do much, however, to maintain your strength and muscle while you're on the Outer Banks. A quick workout with body weight exercises, resistance bands or full water bottles will keep you strong and fit until you get back home to your usual routine.

Ready to get started? Get started exercising right here on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. With our exclusive Club Seaside activities like our cardio tennis clinicgolf cliniccircuit trainingyoga and more, you'll be sure to keep fit while on your Outer Banks vacation.Book your Outer Banks vacation with Seaside and get away from your usual workout routine.

Thursday, June 21, 2012


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