sweat once a day… even on vacation

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I just returned from a week-long vacation on the west coast. Relaxing? Of course. Interesting? Always. Hot? Definitely! How convenient that I was escaping the rarity of rain in Toronto to be greeted by record-breaking heat in Vancouver and Seattle.

While I had no problem leaving my email and work behind, I found it difficult to keep up my usual fitness regimen on the road. By the end of the week, my total number of workouts equaled zero and I was tallying one meal per waking hour. The only sweat I was breaking was from the spicy French food I had for dinner in Seattle.

After being back home for a few days, I quickly fell back into my routine of yoga, spin & weights. I had no problems getting into the groove and my body actually felt stronger than ever. Could I attribute my newfound strength to my vacation?

I gloated to my boyfriend about my new insight, on how basking in the hot Vancouver sun built my muscle strength, just as well as any hour long spin class. He laughed. “Are you kidding me? We were sweating once a day. At least!”

How did I manage to break a sweat every day of my vacation without once hitting the gym or getting to my yoga mat? I ran after cabs, walked up miles of steep hills, danced like a maniac at a wedding, and even managed to fit in a quick stretch while waiting to cross the border. I guess you can find a decent workout anywhere in the world without even realizing it!

Speed walking

With summer at its end, plenty of last minute vacations are to be had. How do you manage to “sweat once a day” during your time off?

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Walking is key, I think. People don’t realize how much of a good workout you’re getting just by spending a few hours walking. I try to do as much as I can when on vacay!

I’ve always wanted to visit yoga studios from out of town, but I usually don’t want to have sweaty laundry sitting in my suitcase, so it gets a little complicated from there!

Comment by Tom — September 23, 2009 @ 12:19 pm

You’re right Tom! Walking is fantastic exercise. I am on the brink of giving up driving and will be walking everywhere. Just in time to lose a few before I crack into the Christmas baking. :)

Comment by Elissa Joy — September 23, 2009 @ 5:17 pm

just went backpacking in italy and made new friends in cinque terre because of lululemon! i started counting all the lulu products and two girls overheard me and we started talking about our love of lulu!

Comment by sarah — September 28, 2009 @ 12:11 pm

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