5 Top Outdoor Exercises To Keep Your Body Fit on Vacations

5 Top Outdoor Exercises To Keep Your Body Fit On Vacations

5 Top Outdoor Exercises To Keep Your Body Fit on VacationsRavi, an engineer from Hyderabad, has all necessary fitness equipment at home. He exercise regularly through out the year except during 30 days summer vacation that he usually spend with parents in his village.

He is very active even during his vacation days. However, due to lack of regular workout everyday, he often put on some extra weight by the time his vacation period is over. He has to workout little extra post vacation to reduce excess weight accumulated during his holiday. It is very common, and many of us face the same kind of situation at one point or another. How to overcome this? Fitness vacation is the answer.

How to Keep Fit on Vacations?

Everyone love vacations because it is the time we could spend enough time with family and that is the main purpose of a vacation. If we pay little bit attention in planning vacation, we can lead healthy lifestyle even during our vacation. How will we do that?

Pre-Vacation Planning

— Check whether the place we stay offers facilities like swimming pool, gym, enough space to exercise and easy accessibility to them.

— Check if the hotel offers any recreational activities such as trail biking, inline skating, parks, walking, and jogging paths.

— Understand the type of exercise clothes and accessories require during the stay at hotel in advance so that we can prepare for the same.

5 Top Outdoor Exercises To Keep Your Body Fit on VacationsWhat type exercise should we practice during vacation?

Spend at least 30 minutes to do some normal body exercises. Just continue doing the same for first few days regularly.If our vacation includes long drive, then doing some brisk walking for some time at each rest stop would be a great idea. 

Use simple workout equipment that can easily be carried along. Jump rope and Rubber resistance are some of the simplest fitness equipment that cost less and very easy to carry too. Jump rope exercises can protect us from many cardiovascular diseases and heart ailments. Use Rubber resistance bands or tubing for strength training. 

Try push-ups, squats, lunges and other abdominal exercises that require no equipment to practice.Use box jumps or any similar type workouts on bed, if it is available at our hotel. Do stretch practice everyday.Talk with the family members about different ways of fitness methods and decide on the ideal workout program for each member.  

Keep a log of all workout practiced on daily basis.Encourage accompanying family members to follow the practice everyday. If we have commitment and patience, it is not that difficult to maintain our body during vacation.   Following are some of the most convenient exercises that require no equipment. Even if we don’t carry any equipment with us, we can still carry on with these activities!  

Push up5 Top Outdoor Exercises To Keep Your Body Fit on Vacations

Push up is one of the most common and popular outdoor exercises. This exercise lost its popularity among the youth nowadays as varieties of stylish chest press machines and fleets entered our market.  

We can do this exercise little easier by elevating our hands or we can make it little harder by elevating our feet to some extend as well. Then there are Bounce and Clap Push Ups, which are harder and recommended only to experienced people. 

Advantages of Push up
  • Push up workout requires no equipment so there is no cost.
  • Push up is one of the most effective upper body exercises.
  • Push up is still popular among fitness freaks, especially the sports persons.
  • Three main varieties of Push up movements- Standard Grip, Wide Grip, and Close Grip – ensure enough stimulation to the chest, shoulders and triceps.  

SquatsFitness Vacation - Squats

Squat is a wonderful outdoor exercise and many people do not realize about its effectiveness. Very few people know the proper way of doing squat exercise and those who know are just lazy to practice the same.  

Different varieties of squats are in practice.   Standing squats, Plie Squats, One leg Squats, Wide-Stance Squats, Overhead Squats are the most common squats in practice these days although there are few more in this category. 

Advantages of Squats
  • Squats exercise increase muscle mass and strength in all areas of our body.
  • These exercises improve our digestion and help us to remove waste from the body.
  • The squat exercise improves the fluids flow in our body that eases the passing of waste through bowels.
  • Squats exercise is very effective to burn more fat so it is a perfect exercise to reduce weight. 
  • Squats exercise can strengthen our leg muscles that enable us to prevent any type of weaknesses there and increase the strength for performing other activities.  


This outdoor exercise if we do perfectly, will improve each muscle in our legs at some point through the movement. Following are some of the advantages of Lunge exercise.

–  Lunge strengthens leg muscles and buttock muscles at the same time.

– Lunge exercise requires no equipment to practice. Different methods of Lunge exercises are in practice and they are,

  • Standing Lunges
  • Alternating Lunges
  • Elevated Lunges
  • Rear Lunges
  • Walking Lunges

We can choose one of the options based on our comfort level. 5 Top Outdoor Exercises To Keep Your Body Fit on Vacations

Step Ups

Step Ups are one of the great outdoor exercises.Step us is practiced by just step up onto our elevated surface and then step down. Repeat the same on the other side altering back and forth. We get enough exercises for our leg muscles and cardiovascular systems. Step up, a popular workout among sports people, is a good outdoor exercise that anyone can practice easily.

Advantages of Step up
  • This workout requires no equipment so there is no cost. We just need a bench and a piece of playground equipment or a large size rock to perform this exercise.
  • Step up is a very good cardiovascular workout and many fitness experts are recommending it.
  • Step up requires no equipment or assistance hence, any one can practice this exercise easily.
Fitness Vacation- Chin upChin up

Chin up is another good outdoor exercise. We can perform Chin up using a low hanging tree branch or any playground equipment.We need to bring our body up completely until our chin is above our hands. Repeat this exercise as many number as possible.

Advantages of Chin up
  • Chin up improves the strength of our back muscles and prevent back injury and pain.
  • This exercise is good for those who want to build strong physique. Chin up is a good exercise for people who do carry heavy items or heavy weights.
  • Chin up exercise improves the rate of metabolism as we get more muscle mass build up in our body.
  • Chin ups exercise are the most effective ways to increase arm strength. Chin ups makes our arms muscles stronger and thereby increase our functional strength.
  • Chin up should include in our daily fitness schedule as it is one of the best ways to increase lean body mass.

These are the most common outdoor exercises. Outdoor exercise is always a good option especially when we don’t have access to any fitness equipment or when we are unable go to a fitness center every day.    

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Regular Exercise Benefits

Regular exercise Benefits

Regular physical activities is necessary to keep one fit and healthy. When I mentioned about regular activities, I meant those simple exercises such as running, walking, cycling, swimming, aerobic etc .These simple activities, if practiced regularly, can improve our body strength and fitness considerably.Regular exercise Benefits

Benefits of Regular Exercise

1. Improve physical posture and personality: Regular exercise can prevent getting overweight and help maintain weight loss. Regular workout will bring us the right body posture and shape. It is not necessary to spent long hours doing exercise to get weight loss benefits instead, do exercise regularly and be active throughout the day.

2. Boost our self-confidence: Regular workout improve our body look, shape and self confidence. Workout at the Gym or a brisk walking can help us reduce stress level and emotionally strong. Regular physical activity will help us to relax better. We feel better about our appearance and that can be a boost to our self-esteem.

3. Strong body and strong mind will guard us against future illnesses: Regular exercise help us maintain strong body and strong mind and combat diseases. By doing regular exercise, we can control our blood pressure, bad cholesterol (LDL) levels and unhealthy triglycerides effectively. Simple regular exercises are suggested for wide range of health ailments that include stroke, metabolic syndrome, depression, arthritis, type 2 diabetes and some types of cancer.

4. Exercises regularly to strengthen bones and joints: Engaged in regular physical activity can help to maintain our bone joints better and keep them strong.

5. Routine exercises improve the efficiency of our cardiovascular system and keep our heart strong and healthy. Regular exercise can improve good cholesterol levels and reduce bad cholesterol levels. Regular exercise and proper dieting can keep us healthy and live long. This will also keep your doctor away for years. Start with some light exercise activities such as light walking in the morning and evenings initially. Do not overdo your exercise anyway. Do walking just to get your body warmer, nothing more.

6. Get better sleep: Do exercise on everyday and that can help you sleep faster. Never do exercise before going to bed as that can make us more energetic and unable to sleep.

7. Improves Sex life: Regular physical activities can bring in more energy and confidence, that create a lot of positive impact on our sex life. Men and women who exercise regularly can get away from their common sexual problems.

Many of us practice only indoor exercises to reduce weight or just to keep fit when working out at fitness centers. We often ignore the importance of outdoor exercises in our fitness program. In fact, many outdoor exercises are very effective and require no fitness equipment.
Following are the most effective and useful outdoor exercise methods. We require no equipment to carry out these exercise methods. Read 5 Top Outdoor Exercises To Keep Your Body Fit on Vacations for more information about these exercise methods and their benefits.
  • Push up
  • Squats
  • Lunge
  • Step Ups
  • Chin ups

What are the benefits of outdoor exercise?

  • No need to go to our gym. 
  • Our body is exposed to sunlight while doing outdoor exercises. Sunshine is a great source of vitamin D that keeps our skin healthy.
  • Very limited number of fitness equipment is required for any good outdoor workout so only less investment is required.
  • No special clothing is required to workout.
  • You get very fresh and cool air during your outdoor exercises.
  • You do not have to spend time at crowded gyms.

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