Vacation Strong

Well folks, summer is upon us, and you know what that means—vacation! Whether you are heading to the beach, going camping, a cruise or hitting the pool—summertime is the best time to get outside and enjoy the weather. However, getting away doesn’t mean you should also take a vacation from your fitness routine. No matter where you go or what you do, you can get in a good workout—no matter where you are or what your fitness level is.

In our first installment of our “Strong Body Series,” we’re going to show you ways you can enjoy your vacation while still getting your heart rate up, no matter your skill level

Do Your Homework
If you are traveling to a resort or hotel with amenities, check out the website or call up the concierge to see what activities they offer. RunnerBefore I went on vacation earlier this year, I looked at website of the resort I was staying at to see if they had a gym. They not only had a weight room and other exercise equipment, but also offered yoga, spinning and a load of other classes. And while my trainer gave me some workouts so I didn’t get off track from my training routine (which I did early each morning), I wanted to be outside, enjoying the warm weather. Luckily, the resort offered activates at the pool. We did water aerobics, paddle board exercise classes (yes, in the pool—it was awesome) and a bunch of other activities that let use enjoy the sunshine, and get in a fun workout at the same time.

Go on Adventure
If you are an adventurous type, you can sign up for an excursion or rent equipment to use for the day. Just remember to ask for a lesson
if you are new to the equipment, you don’t want to risk wiping out and hurting yourself if you don’t know what you’re doing.

  • Biking: Love to spin? Find a place where you can rent a bike for the day (or the duration of your stay) and explore your surroundings. If possible, go on a daylong excursion with a tour guide. Or you can also ask for the locations of some biking trails or bike into town when you want to grab a bite to eat.
  • On a Boat: If you are going to the beach or a lake, there are plenty of opportunities for water sports. If you rent a motorized boat for the day, see if there are water skis or wakeboards to rent for an extra fee. If that isn’t your speed, you can rent a kayak, rowboat, go surfing or learn how to sail. All are options that work multiple muscle groups and will give you’re a great workout.
  • Join a Pick-up Game: When I was on vacation, there were a bunch of volleyball courts on the beach and people played pick up games all day. We joined in a few times and get pretty competitive with it, and really enjoyed ourselves. Find a basketball, tennis or volleyball court, or ask to join in if you see people playing a game. That way you can make some new friends, get some exercise and enjoy some fun in the sun.

Get Those Steps In
If high impact sports aren’t your thing, there are still so many activities that you can do that are lower impact, but help you reach thegoalof getting 10,000 steps in each day.

  • See the Sights: Skip the bus tours check out your destination on foot, you’ll be surprised to see how fast you reach your daily step goal. Some locations even offer running tours if that is something you’re interested in.
  • Get to the Beach: If the beach is your destination, go for a walk on the boardwalk on walk on the sand. Because sand isn’t 100% Swimsolid, you put more effort into each step, which equals strength training. Going for a walk on the beach is also relaxing, so you’re getting a 2-for-1 deal here!
  • Hike: Enjoy nature? Check with the local parks or forestry services and spend the day exploring.  ust remember to find a trail thatfits your fitness level, you don’t want to overdo it.
  • Get in the Water: Enjoy the water or coming back from an injury? Hop into the water. You can swim laps or even walk back and forth in the pool. Pool walking offers the cardiovascular benefits of aerobics and water is a natural weight training machine, providing resistance to tone and strengthen the muscles.

Find Your Perfect Brace
BRD Sport can help you have the support you need for most of these activities.

  • The basic BRD Spoankle bracert Ankle Brace gives extra support for you ankle and compression to help in most activities. You can wear it as a sock and walk for hourssightseeing or hiking without feeling the strain or swelling.
  • The BRDSport G18 Knee Brace is also a great option for hiking, walking or just relaxing. It can help reduce swelling and gives you the support you need.

Depending on what your issues are BRD Sport might be able to keep you in the game! Vacation doesn’t mean you have to give up your fitness routine. You can add to it!!

Always Remember:

  • Stretch: Stretching before a workout (no matter what impact) is important for preventing injuries. It helps loosen your muscles for Stretchingthe activity. It doesn’t take long and you’ll thank us for it later, we promise!
  • Hydrate: While it is always important to drink water, it is vital during the hot summer days, especially when you are being active. Water can help you avoid getting heat exhaustion, which can ruin any vacation.
  • Remember sunscreen: Protect yourself from those rays, put on your sunscreen—and remember to reapply regularly.
  • Wear appropriate footwear: Please do not wear flip-flops or sandals when going hiking, you are pretty much guaranteeing that you’ll hurt yourself. If you are going hiking by waterfalls or planning to go swimming once you reach your destination, buy yourself a pair of water shoes, you can throw them in your backpack and change into them when you get there.
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