This is my annual September trek to the beach. I love this week. I have been here when the weather was perfect, when it was raining off and on, when there were water spouts off the shore, and like this trip, after a major storm. Other than a lot of roads being washed out to and from the beach, it has been a glorious week. Not too many people here and therefore, more room for me to spend quiet and peaceful time on the beach...the place I love.
If I were home today, I would have already worked out at least 2 hours and possible 3 at the YMCA. I would have taken an hour of Pilates and an hour of Cardio Fit from my favorite teacher, Angie; I may have taken a Cardio Dance class with one my other favorite teachers Kim or Bruni. That's my life - when I am home.
Just because I am on vacation is not an excuse to slack up on the workouts. In fact, the beach is one of the best places I can think of to continue on.
At the condo where we stay, they have a fitness room (that I use) and a beautiful pool (that I use).
In addition to those things which should be obvious to anyone, I also do Yoga - on the beach! Yes, I do. I try to find the most secluded place I can so that I don't disturb those who are sitting watching the waves roll in or the children and adults playing games (like Bocce or building sandcastles).
I love doing Yoga on the beach. The mornings are beautiful, just as the sun is rising. The afternoons are beautiful, just after lunch and after a long 2 mile walk to the fishing pier and back. The evenings are beautiful, as the sun is sinking and the moonlight shines on the shore. Anytime is beautiful at the beach...as long as the weather is permitting.....lol, and I will do yoga at any time of the day, there is no wrong time.
I try to walk the beach a couple of times a day. It is exactly one mile to the fishing pier from my condo. So if I walk there twice a day, that's four miles! That's easy because I get so lost in the beautiful views, the sounds of the gulls and crashing waves, and the peacefulness of the shoreline. The time just flies by and I enjoy every single minute of it.
There are no excuses to not get exercise when at the beach.
You will enjoy the beach more if you do, I promise you.
If you start walking and get tired, stop and take a rest, but keep going. You can wear tennis shoes or go barefooted. You can let the waves hit your feet or you can walk just on the edge of the water and keep your shoes (or feet) dry.
As an over 50 woman (actually over 60 and proud of it), I know the importance of walking and doing cardio, yoga, etc. Three years ago I couldn't walk a quarter of a mile without huffing, puffing, and hurting. But I stayed with it and now I feel great! Do it for your heart and your mind. It benefits both.
(NOTE: Many of you will look at my photos and think, wow, she's got big thighs and hips....yes, I do.
But I am working on it. If you had seen me three years ago, you would not know it was me, I looked entirely different - extremely over weight and out of shape. Also, very unhappy. I have come a long, long way and I still have a long way to go.
Please use me as an example of what can be achieved through hard work and dedication.
I am not a perfect 10 and probably at this stage of my life, never will be. I am proud of where I am now though and will be prouder when I get to where I am going)
Good luck to you in your fitness journey.
I hope I can be an encouragement to anyone who thinks they can't do it.
I will be writing and sharing my fitness journey with you at a later date. I am trying to put all the details together while still working on my next goal. Please stay with me, the story is coming.
Do you have a fitness while on vacation story to share? When you go on vacation, do you let everything go? Do you eat whatever you want whenever you want and reward yourself by not working out for whole time you are on vacation? Does this strategy work for you? Do you continue to maintain a workout schedule and healthy eating while on vacation like I do? How does that work for you and do you have any tips to share?