Exercise is Everywhere Even When You’re Traveling
Why does traveling instantly elicit thoughts of laziness and overindulgence? While vacations are a wonderful way to relax and disconnect from the stress of our daily lives, how can we enjoy our travels and feel good about our decisions?
The average American gains 6 to 10 pounds during the holiday season. Add some more if there’s traveling included. Yikes! It’s easy to get caught up in the seasonal cheer, but don’t become part of the statistic on your upcoming trip.
By the time you read this, I’d have hiked the hills of Sintra, Portugal, to reign queen of a moorish castle; kayaked through caves in Portugal; and danced flamenco in the streets of Seville. I’d have thrown tomatoes in the back-alleys of Bunol, Spain; biked the beaches of Valencia; and swum for hours in the Mediterranean Sea. I also will have walked for days through the streets of Rome with my sister by my side.
That’s just one month. The takeaway: Travel doesn’t have to be lazy.
Whether you’re planning a family reunion or exotic holiday vacation, there is always a way to add a little adventure (and exercise) into your day. It’s as simple as aiming to log 10,000 steps on your Fitbit or playing at the park with your nieces and nephews.
If you’re vacationing with a group that dislikes a lot of activity (or maybe you’re trapped indoors because of the freezing temperatures), you can still burn a few calories without leaving the house. Some of my favorite ideas are at-home dance parties or playing any game on the Wii Fit with the kids. The trick is make it fun!
The real question isn’t “Can you?” but rather “Will you?” It’s up to you to bring the balance into your life. It’s up to you to stop waiting for tomorrow or Monday or next year and start taking action now. The possibilities are endless.
I challenge you to get ahead of the holidays this season and have some fitness fun. Post your travel and exercise pictures and tag #MoveWithMax so we can all motivate each other!
Do The Trot
Start moving now at the 36th Annual Tamarac Turkey Trot. Before gobbling a festive meal, lace up your sneakers and head to Tamarac City Hall, 7525 NW 88th Ave., at 7:30a.m. Thanksgiving morning for a 5K walk/run. Tickets are $35. More information can be found on www.active.com of the event’s Facebook page (TamaracTurkeyTrot).
Spice Things Up
Finally, it’s PSL season. We’ve dreamt of creamy pumpkin spice lattes for months, but the sugar and calorie count is a nightmare. Try a “skinny” pumpkin spice latte for a sweet yet guilt-free treat that Thanksgiving.
Ingredients: ¼ cup coffee, 1 tsp stevia, ¼ tsp pumpkin pie spice, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 2 Tbsp canned pumpkin, 1 cup milk
Instructions: Whisk coffee, stevia and pumpkin pie spice with mix with a fork. Add vanilla, canned pumpkin and milk. Warm on stovetop or microwave for 1 to 2 minutes. One last quick stir and you’re good to go!