Along with dusting off the cobwebs on your favorite pair of shorts, Memorial Day weekend acts as the official harbinger of summer. Now that the weather has turned the corner, it is time to pack the bags and go for a vacation, because you deserve it!
However, Memorial Day also marks the beginning of swimsuit season, so how do you keep the tummy tight during vacation nights? With that in mind, here are 8 Fit Tips for Travelers.
- Workout at the Airport
More and more airports around the world now have gyms for travelers. Before you travel, see if the airport you have a layover at has an accessible gym. Instead of hitting the bar for a cocktail, hit the treadmill to burn some calories. If your airport does not have a gym, use the airport as your own personal track and walk laps around the terminal.
- Pack an Easy To Travel With Workout Kit
Find some space in your luggage for some exercise tools to allow you to workout under any condition. An example of some items are bands that you can use for strength moves, DVD for that motivational boost, the Fitdigits Saddle iPhone mount and a jump rope so you can do cardio right in your hotel room. Of course, don’t forget your sneakers!
- Book a Hotel That Offers a Way to Workout
Book a hotel that offers a fitness center or a free pass to a local gym. Many hotels these days offer fitness gear to use in your hotel room as well, so check the website or call the front desk to inquire. You can also stream free workout videos using apps such as DailyBurn or on YouTube so you can workout right in your room.
- Get Your Workout Out of the Way
Set your alarm clock for an hour earlier than you planned to wake up and get the workout in before the day gets going. Otherwise, you will run out of time and energy, while finding plenty of excuses to ditch the workout all together.
- Consider the 10/10/10 Workout.
Whether you exercise for a full 30 minutes or split it up into three separate 10-minute bursts, you reap the same benefits, if not more, according to this article in the New York Times. So if you don’t have a full 30 minutes to an hour to workout, remember something is always better than nothing. Aim to squeeze in 3 ten-minute intervals of activities. Some examples are speed walking to pick up breakfast for the family, lunges and pushups before taking a shower, or jumping jacks or mountain climber intervals when you return from the day’s adventures.
- Plan an Active Activity
Being a tourist can give you a workout as long as you plan it right. Choose activities that get you moving like a hike, bike ride and swim or just explore the city by foot. You never truly know a place until you get lost there, so go out for an aimless walk and enjoy the new scenery. Make sure to check with the front desk first about safe streets and areas to explore. Otherwise, opt to walk to destinations over driving or taking a taxi to fit in a workout when time is limited.
- Track Your Calories
Fitdigits’s iCardio app will help you track calories burned during each activity like window shopping or a trail hike, this way you can plan your meals accordingly and not overindulge if you happened to be sedentary one day. Fitdigits syncs with the app MyFitnessPal, which allow you to track your caloric intake accurately.
- Scope Out a Fun Fitness Class at Your Destination
For those who enjoy yoga, you may find a fun new twist on the class structure depending on your destination. Heading to the mountains means you may enjoy a mountainside morning flow class, while those headed to a lake cabin may get a chance to try yoga on a stand up paddleboard. Trying out these new types of workout classes gives you that sense of adventure you seek during your travels while still getting in a good sweat session. Groupon and LivingSocial are great sites to check for discounts on such classes.
Your mom watched you grow from a bald headed baby to the mature adult you are today, so the least you can do is give her a magically magnificent Mother’s Day. However health is the most important gift to deliver, allowing you to spend future holidays together.
On May 11 stay away from a blubbery brunch. Instead punch up your yearly ovation to Mother with a healthy celebration like no other! Here are 7 fit ways to celebrate Mother’s Day.
- Take a Spa Day
Stress is the hidden monster in all of us, wrecking havoc on our body and mind. In fact, studies have linked stress to obesity, headaches, heart disease and several other health maladies, not to mention skin issues! Share a day with your ma at the spa and look in awe that if you take the time to relax your mind and you may find that health problems decline.
- Go for a Healthy Hike or Wonderful Walk
Get some quality time to catch up and chat with mom, all the while throwing a pack of matches on a cluster of calories and watching them burn! Track your walk with a fitness app such as Fitdigits’s iCardio app, mounting your iPhone with The Saddle, a comfortable and convenient way to bring your iPhone with you on every walk, jog, run or hike. The Saddle is available for $29.99 from Fitdigits.com.
- Picnic at the Park
One of the best parts about Mother’s Day being in May is the sun should be shining and you can go out and play. Ditch the traditional Mother’s Day brunch, and instead head to a local park and pack a healthy picnic. Bring a Frisbee, soak up some sun, and enjoy what should be a beautiful day.
- Replicate an Amazing Race
Set up a scavenger hunt around town and challenge family teams to complete the search, including fun clues and inside jokes. This guarentess a Mother’s Day you will never forget! Read here for tips on How to Plan a Family Scavenger Hunt.
- Play Ball
Recruit a couple of families from your neighborhood together for a mini softball tournament. Don’t forget to get the t-ball out for the little ones and pack light and healthy snacks to munch on throughout the game. If softball isn’t your thing, consider flag football, backyard volleyball or soccer. Even badminton would be a fun game that will get the family active while having fun!
- Focus on Family, Not Food
Often people make Mother’s Day plans around eating, be it going out to brunch, eating cake or making a big meal. Instead, emphasize activities that take advantage of the time you get to spend with the people you love. Try out some fun games such as Loaded Questions or Apples to Apples, or stretch out the vocal cords with some Karaoke!
- Go Window Shopping
Mother’s day is all about mom and you should consider asking your favorite woman what she prefers to do most. If she isn’t an outdoor enthusiast, she may enjoy walking around downtown and browsing shop sales or find a local flea market where you can scope out cheap treasures.
If your mother enjoys running, show your support for her favorite sport by giving gifts that will take her next run from so-so to WHOA this Mother’s Day.
Here’s a list of eight must-have running accessories that every mom who runs will love.
- RunPhones, $39.95
There’s nothing more irritating that earbuds that pop out of place while running. That’s why mom will appreciate the new RunPhones, a sporty and snug, moisture-wicking headband that features built-in, high-performance headphones that stay in place while absorbing sweat dripping down the face. Available in blue, black, orange and green.
- The Saddle Forearm Mount, $29.99
Running with a smartphone offers many benefits, from tracking routes and distance to playing music. However, the current bicep armbands do not offer a convenient placement for accessing or viewing the device while moving. That’s why the new forearm mount for the iPhone, The Saddle from Fitdigits, is the perfect accessory for mom. The Saddle contours to the user’s lower arm for the best position to view, access, and interact with apps, music, text messages and more. Available for $29.99 from Fitdigits.com.
- Runner’s High Cuff from LUCY, $14.00
These stylish wrist cuffs feature a small pocket with a Velcro closure so mom can stash her cash, keys or other little essentials next time she hits the trail or streets. Save her from having to shove those items in her sports bra!
- Storebelight by Nathan, $10
Busy moms may clock in a few miles before the day starts and the sun comes up in order to fit a run into their jam-packed schedules. Keep her safe with this slim and lightweight blinking light that provides hours of high-visibility illumination and securely clips to any garment.
- Nike Elite OTC Socks, $40
The latest trend among runners and other athletic circles are compression garments that promise an increase in oxygen delivery, a decrease in lactic acid, cramp prevention and minimizes muscle fatigue. For women who run regularly or are training for a long distance race, compressions socks are a great gift to help boost recovery between workouts.
- Honey Stinger Organic Energy Chews, $27 (Box of 12 Packets)
After a long day, mom may need a boost of energy to get through her next run. Offered in cherry, berry and orange, these sweet-tasting energy chews are certified organic, gluten free and fortified with 100 percent RDA Vitamin C so mom can fuel up the all-natural way.
- Viiiiva Heart Rate Strap, $79.99
Forget awkward adapters! This new Viiiiva Heart-Rate Monitor turns a Bluetooth Smart enabled phone into a running monitor, sending data seamlessly and in real-time to any of the popular fitness apps. Sync with Fitdigits’s iCardio app to track and monitor heart rate, caloric burn, pace, distance, duration, map routes and more with voice and visual feedback. Now mom can evaluate progress and continue improving each run session.
- Engraved RUN Necklace from Etsy, $36.50
For the mom who has the latest gadgets and gear, your mom can be an inspiration to other women with a beautiful, sterling silver pendant necklace that features the word RUN engraved on a pendant disc.