Many people believe that just because they are planning to go on vacation their exercise routines have to come to a screeching halt. However, many places you travel to today has a least some form of workout facility to keep you fit during your vacation. Quite often many hotels and resort destinations have a fitness center and pools available for guests and usually for no additional charge. But, what if you’re staying in a motel, condo, B&B or some other type of lodging that doesn’t provide a fitness center? Don’t despair; usually finding an alternative type of exercise routine to keep you in shape until you return home is easier than you may think.
A few months ago I was in this exact situation. An associate of mine, Bill, provided me the opportunity to spend a week in his beach front condo located in a fantastic little island in the southeastern part of Georgia. Bill is semi retired and began a hobby as real estate investors a couple of years back. He spends his free time traveling the country to attend county held tax sales and focuses his effort on tax lien investing. Last year he took a vacation to Savannah, Georgia and while he was there he attended the counties monthly tax sale. He was able to purchase the tax deed to a great condo on Tybee Island, one of Georgia’s barrier islands. Tybee Island is a vacation destination for beach lovers and it was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.
Bill’s condo was perfect, a great view of the beach and ocean from the balcony, it is located in a quite spot on the island and the property sat directly on the beach. However, I was a little concerned since the resort did not have any type of fitness center and I felt I wouldn’t be able to exercise while on vacation.
As I began to look around the charming community of Tybee, my worries quickly vanished. I quickly discovered the island has two public parks (one directly across the street from Bill’s condo) with tennis and basketball courts, a volleyball area and hiking and biking trails throughout the island. In addition, there were tons of activities on the island to provide plenty of exercise. Some of my choices included swimming in the pools or ocean, paddle boarding, wind surfing, surfing, kayaking and several more plus, I found a YMCA on the island were I could purchase a one week pass for only five dollars a day if I wanted to hit the weights. Needless to say there were far more activities available that I had time to enjoy. I enjoyed daily jogs on the beach; biking around the island, a few visits to the YMCA and now I found a new activity that I thoroughly enjoy, paddle boarding. Thanks to Bill I discovered a new vacation destination that I plan to return to as often as time will permit.
Taking a vacation doesn’t mean that you have to put exercise on the back burner. Just a little exploration in your new surroundings can quickly reveal many ways for Keeping Fit on Vacation. Even if the place you’re staying doesn’t have a fitness area, you can always take a walk around the area and enjoy sights.