My 5 Favourite Holiday Workouts

One of the nine key elements of our signature SAY YES METHOD is SAY YES TO REST.

SAY YES TO REST is particularly relevant for us at the moment because that is exactly what we’re doing this coming week. I’m closing Say Yes for a week and am heading south with the family. When I first started business, there was no way I would close for a week, regularly. But when COVID hit, it allowed me to taker a closer look at how I do things. How I do business, how I want to do business, how we role model our philosophy to our community, and how we empower our community to live our philosophy. It was a no-brainer to add regular weeks of SAY YES TO REST into our yearly calendar.

When I talk about SAY YES TO REST I’m not just talking about sleep and recovery…

…I’m also talking about relaxation and downtime (and stress management and setting healthy boundaries but I’ll save those conversation for another day). Giving ourselves relaxation, downtime and a break from routine is super important to our health, wellbeing and our feeling of balance. I personally find our SAY YES TO REST WEEKS work really well for our community as the majority of our community are busy mums so around about the end of term / school holidays there is a quite a bit of tiredness going on in our households, and in our lives.

The more INACTIVE you are, the harder it is for your body to feel healthy and for YOU to feel happy.

Even though I am on holidays and not doing my usual routine or usual workouts, I still love to move my body and my body still loves to move. Our bodies will actually start to feel a little bit ‘blah’ after a few days of doing ‘not much’. So no, you won’t see me busting out my usual weekly exercise routine – but yes, you will see me moving my body in a variety of ways!

Our body wants to move, needs to move, loves to move.

Exercise is movement. Movement is exercise. Same same but different. At the end of the day, yes, a 30 minute high intensity cardio session is different to an afternoon stroll along the beach…. but….. as far as exercise is concerned, walking daily is more than enough. With this in mind, below are a few of my favourite holidays ‘workouts’.

My top five holiday workouts

1. Afternoon strolls: Going for long walk at sunset is the best.  On our holidays we are so blessed to stay just a stones throw from a seriously amazing coastal walk. Over 15kms of footpath that follows the beach all the way into town.  Perfect for sunset stroll. If you’re holidaying somewhere unfamiliar, grab a map of the area, highlight some of your must see sights, and aim to see some of these on foot. 

2. Exploring playgrounds: How good are nature playgrounds?! Just as fun for adults as for kids I reckon! Balancing beams, climbing frames, an open space to kick a ball. Some even have hopscotch, foursquare and more! When on holidays we actively hunt down cool local playgrounds to explore with our toddler. We pack a rug, soccer ball a few snacks and we’re off first thing in the morning before the holiday crowds (and heat) set in. Tell me keeping up with the kiddos isn’t a fun way to MOVE?

3. Gentle stretches: When I wake up, before I go to bed, or whilst I’m playing in the shallow waters with my toddler at the beach. A few gentle stretches can do wonders to help your body relax and unwind. It doesn’t have to be a yoga session. It doesn’t have to be anything too structured. You don’t even need to be able to touch your toes. Just move your body gently, hold poses for a bit, move gently again, hold a little more.

4. Beach adventures: Beaches are the epitome of holidays and can be seriously fun to explore. Climb rocks, explore walking paths, build sandcastles, trek up the dunes, splash in the shallows, tread water where its deep or play classic catches with a tennis ball. Depending which beach you head to there could even be Stand Up Paddle Boards or kayaks to hire, or waves to boogie or body board. Why not be a little (F)earless and give something NEW a go! 

5. At-home-workout: Depending on the length of my holiday I like to have a couple of ‘at home workouts’ up my sleeve. If I’m heading away for a week or less, I’ll aim to fit in at least one 10min workout, but if I’m away longer than that I might aim for one workout every 3-4 days. I’ve found the trick to these is to keep them super simple. And by that I mean, choosing exercises I am familiar with because in my opinion, holidays are not the time to be learning new moves, testing your limits or pushing PBs. Ain’t nobody got time for ‘super sore muscles’ whilst on holidays right?! Choose moves that work well for YOU so you can continue to enjoy your holiday!

Here’s three at-home-workouts I’ve packed for the upcoming holidays:

 

 

*Note: I start each workout with a warm up and finish each workout with a cool down. This involves walking, steady jog and dynamic stretches. If you have limited space and can’t run do high knees instead.

WANT MORE AT HOME WORKOUTS FOR THOSE WEEKS WHEN WE CLOSE, OR WHEN YOU GO ON HOLIDAYS AND WANT TO TAKE WORKOUTS WITH YOU, OR YOU JUST CAN’T GET TO CLASSES AS OFTEN AS YOU’D LIKE? GRAB A COPY OF OUR LATEST AT HOME WORKOUT EBOOK!


 

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