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Why I Didn’t Exercise on Vacation (and 5 Rea...

Why I Didn’t Exercise on Vacation (and 5 Reasons Why That’s Ok)

My vacations are usually a time to sunbathe, eat my body weight in food at the buffet, and to exercise/run on the beach. This generally happens when I go to an all-inclusive resort in Mexico or Cuba. So in preparing for my trip to Bali, I believed that I would do pretty much the same thing (minus the buffet).

Alas, for the first time in my life, I was incorrect. Only about the exercising though. Sunbathing definitely happened.

A few things about Bali that I did not realize would be game changers when it came to exercising on this trip:

One:

It was SO God damn hot. Like I knew it would be hot.. But I expected Mexico in March hot.
No no. This was like Mexico in March hot, placed in an oven, with the humidity turned all the way up to 100%. This heat started at 7 am and lasted until 7 pm. Adam and I would be eating breakfast under a fan and still be covered in sweat. Even as someone who ENCOURAGES absurd sweatiness – it was just too much for me. I would have drowned during a workout.

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Two:

Lack of places to workout at. Usually in Mexico I can bring a couple towels down from my room and find a good flat area to workout on at the beach. If it’s too hot, i’ll use the hotels gym.

In Bali, we stayed in guest houses owned by Indonesian families, so we only got one towel for pretty much everything. There were no gyms to workout at (not that I would pay for one anyway), but the beaches were not very conducive to working out on. They were either on a pretty sharp decline, too hot for bare skin, covered in shells and rocks, or just seriously way too busy. There were no parks or grassy areas around, and I quickly gave up searching.

Three:

Beer was literally cheaper than water in some places, so I would drink beer all day while laying in the sun. After a few hours of that, there was no way I was going to do a workout 😉

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I’ll take a beer or eight pls

So anyway, where am I going with all of this? Well to my surprise, I didn’t gain a single pound the entire time I was gone. In fact, I may have even lost weight (although since I don’t own a scale, i’m just guessing here).

I was truly perplexed about this, as when I go on vacation, I usually come back with a bit of fluff. As someone who exercises ALL DA TIME, I had to figure out how my lack of doing so still resulted in such a favourable outcome! For my benefit and yours, this is what I came up with:

5 Reasons Why You DON’T Need to Workout On Vacation

1) Beach Activities: Okay so perhaps I didn’t actually get any self instructed workouts in on the beach… but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t still working out! Do you know how much effort goes into learning how to surf?! I’ll tell ya – it’s a lot. Constantly paddling into crashing waves, quickly switching from your tummy onto your feet, and carrying that giant board around is exhausting! Snorkeling against a current also is more difficult than it sounds, and sometimes I would throw in a front crawl to keep moving at a good pace.

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Before I got attacked by 10 foot waves

2) Walking: Adam and I decided that although mopeds were a common source of transportation in Bali, we would not partake (for safety reasons). Instead, we walked pretty much everywhere we went. One day while we were in Ubud, we walked the Campuhan Ridge Walk which was about 7 km total from our hotel. Another time we walked for a couple hours to the market and back. Constantly walking at a steady pace is a great way to burn fat, especially with the added sweating!

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Campuhan Ridge Walk

3) Healthy Meals: The food! Oh the food in Bali. Rice, noodles, vegetables, fish, eggs and chicken were staples in our diet. The big difference between Mexican resorts and Bali, was that there was no constant supply of food a few steps away. We ate breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I would usually buy some mangoes off a roadside stand for a snack between lunch and dinner, but that was it. No pasta. No pizza. No french fries. Just clean, wholesome meals.

Gado Gado my new favorite meal

Gado Gado my new favorite meal

4) Lack of Alcoholic Drinks + Fresh Fruit Juice: Am I proud that I did not get drunk ONCE the entire time I was in Bali? Heck yessss I am! To be straight, by the end of the day I was just too tired to sit at a bar and have one drink after another. You just want to sleep and get ready for another event packed day! Instead of drinks I would substitute with the insanely cheap fruit juices that were offered – papaya, mango, watermelon, banana… the list was endless. And all for $1.50

5) Sweating!: As I mentioned earlier, we were sweating constantly. We sweat while we walked, we sweat while we swam, we sweat while we slept. Now, i’m not saying that sweating is a way to help permanently lose weight, but it will decrease your water weight short-term. And the addition of sweating while walking, playing on the beach, and swimming helps keep your body cool to allow for more and longer activities!

Sooo the moral of this story is this: even if you are an exercise obsessed human such as myself, it’s OKAY to take time off from working out. 14 days to be exact! I am living proof that nothing bad will happen if you don’t, even if it takes some mental barriers to overcome. I LOVE my beach workouts, but if you’re stuck in a situation where it just isn’t possible to get one in – don’t stress it. Just enjoy what you’re there for 🙂

How about you?!

Beach workouts (or any kind really) on vacation or nah?
Any additional tips to staying fit and healthy on vacation?

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  1. Ha glad you were able to eat healthy in Bali! Problem for me is that I throw a lot of my healthy eating habits out the window on vacation! My hubby and I bring a frisbee every time we have a beach vaca and throw it for hours in the sand. A great workout in itself. Your trip looked amazzzzzzing! Welcome home!

    • beverleyc

      19 November

      Oh man i know i am the same way…. this was literally the first time i’ve ever eaten healthy on vacation. And thanks girl!! good to be back 🙂

  2. Ivanna

    18 November

    This looks like an amazing time. Girl you are in amazing shape you probably didn’t miss a beat by taking a break from your workouts. Thanks for sharing I love seeing your pics on Insta!

    • beverleyc

      19 November

      Haha Ivanna you are so sweet. Thanks for the love girl 🙂

  3. mira

    18 November

    Thanks for sharing! Glad you had a nice vacation! I can’t agree more, I never exercise while on vacation!

    • beverleyc

      19 November

      Thanks Mira! It was sure nice to take a break

  4. Ah we went to Bali 2 years ago and yes it was hot! Fortunately my hotel had a nice cool gym :). I have a vacation in a few weeks and I am trying to figure out how to get my workouts in. I admire you attitude and wish I could adopt it! Looks like you had a great time!

    • beverleyc

      19 November

      Ahh so you understand how extreme it can get! Hope you have a great vacation, I cannot wait to see pictures 🙂

  5. You deserve to take a break when you are on vacation 🙂 Looks like you had a great time!

    • beverleyc

      19 November

      You are right! It was wonderful – thanks for stopping by 🙂

  6. Howie Fox

    19 November

    Really looked like you had a brilliant time over there in Bali!!! But isn’t there too much sun to walk around in active wear all day? I imagine you must have gotten sun burned pretty badly? ;-)))

    • beverleyc

      19 November

      Howie! I walked around in a bikini basically from sunrise to sunset hehehe. Butttt also wore sunscreen because SUN SAFETY!

  7. Annmarie

    19 November

    Looks like you had an amazing vacation! I don’t do well in heat so working out there probably would have been a no for me too! 😉

    • beverleyc

      19 November

      Yes it definitely takes a lot of getting used to!

  8. Nikki

    19 November

    I’m also someone who still likes to work out even on vacation, but I think you hit the nail on the head about why you didn’t gain weight without “exercising” (surfing DEFINITELY counts as a workout!) Sounds and looks like you had a great time, and thanks for sharing the pics!

    • beverleyc

      20 November

      Thanks Nikki! Yay you are also on the vacation workout train 🙂 Haha i’m glad there are two of us aboard

  9. Lindsey Bomgren

    19 November

    I literally leave for Punta Cana in 2 days — so excited! I’m all about a good healthy mix on vacation and love your attitude — I’d rather swap beach activities for a workout. I’m packing my resistance bands for 1-3 quick circuits but plan to spend the rest of my time beaching, exploring, dancing and getting my activity in elsewhere :)! Thanks for sharing — love your attitude!

    • beverleyc

      20 November

      Have SO MUCH FUN!! Resistance bands will be the perfect addition since theyre so tiny. Cannot wait to see pictures 🙂

  10. GiGi Eats

    20 November

    I truly appreciate this read. I am addicted to exercise. While I am starting to be okay with once in a blue moon not getting in a work out (I am not dying and ONE DAY isn’t going to undo EVERYTHING)… Not working out for a week or two… Might kill me? However, according to you it will not! I am going to be with manfriend’s family for 11 days… (They have a treadmill… BUT there are also KIDS WHO like me who want to hang out all the time so I am not sure when I will get in any tread action) and then we are going to England and staying at manfriend’s friends house… Exercise room? Uh, DOUBT IT… England in the winter = FREEZING. WTF WTF am I going to do?! Not a clue. I will obviously research gyms but I have a feeling that’s not REALLY going to be an option, and I mean, I want to see the sights!!! So you proving that not working out on vacation is OKAY…… Well, that helps me a TON! 😀

    • beverleyc

      20 November

      Yes I know, that was COMPLETELY my mindset for a few years (and still is to an extent now). Its tough because it can get unhealthy for sure to constantly be thinking like that. I am sure you will keep busy and walk a TON, but even if you don’t it will be a great learning experience for you as well. I’m 100% sure you will have an incredible time whether or not you can get to a gym. I cannot wait to hear more about your England trip 🙂

  11. I love your outlook, so so so much! I definitely am one to get stressed out about not working out while I am on vacation, but your post shows that I should not be!! plus your vaca looked amazing. I need to go there ASAP!

    • beverleyc

      20 November

      Yesss it can be stressful for SURE! But it was really great to come back and not feel bad about myself. And Bali was beautiful, I hope you can make it out there!!

  12. Sarah Grace

    20 November

    TOTALLY agree that you shouldn’t feel the need to workout on vacation. Despite all the factors you actually had going for you, no matter what, its vacation! Everything in moderation, its okay to take a break from your “fit life” sometimes 🙂 But aha thats too funny that beer was cheaper than water!

    xo,
    Sarah Grace

    • beverleyc

      20 November

      Yes! We all deserve a little break, even from the things that you love.

  13. masala girl

    20 November

    that meal looks so good!
    and i’d say while you didn’t get in a “traditional” instructed workout, you definitely “worked out”! surfing is a killer activity and holy crap you walked a lot in the heat! (but dont ya just love how places like that are so walking friendly?! 🙂 so much activity time 🙂 ) bali sounded awesome!

  14. Rachel

    20 November

    Your trip looks like it was amazing!!! It depends for me. When I go away on vacations, like true vacations, I definitely don’t workout. I like to spend allll of the time walking, touring, eating and enjoying everything! When I travel home for the holidays though, i usually work out with my active family 🙂

    Great post! Couldn’t agree more with ya. Vacations are for having fun and relaxing!

    • beverleyc

      20 November

      Oh yesss I love to workout with my family when I make it back home! It’s nice that yours is so active like you!

  15. I’m a big fan of staying active without working out on vacay. I like exploring on foot, doing a bike tour or if it’s beach side, water activities!

    • beverleyc

      20 November

      A bike tour would have been awesome! Some extra wind blowing through my hair (and sweat haha)

  16. Leighanne

    20 November

    Bookmarking this post for my Cabo vacation this May!! Love your perspective on this. Thanks for sharing!

    • beverleyc

      20 November

      Awesome!! Thanks Leighanne. May is just around the corner 🙂 haha

  17. Love this post!!
    Sometimes I work out on vacation– sometimes I don’t. I rarely actually gain weight and if I do it’s not enough to where it doesn’t go away within a few days of being back and cleaning back up my diet.
    I always stay active on trips though– even beach trips… swimming, walking, snorkeling… anything really 🙂 I think it just proves that it’s ok to step off the fitness train and take a break as long as you get back on when you get home!

  18. Harriet Emily

    21 November

    Bali sounds so amazing – I want to visit there so much, the food sounds delicious! I think it’s great to take a break from working out on holiday so you can relax and unwind from everything! Thank you for sharing!

  19. Cayanne Marcus

    23 November

    Thanks for the oh-so-healthy reminder that it’s OKAY and completely normal to go a few days, a week, even two weeks without exercise. I’m not on vacation, but have had a few tough days and haven’t made it to the gym for a while. Thank you for reminding me it’s no biggie 🙂

  20. Ashley

    24 November

    Bali sounds like it was a fantastic trip! I always plan to workout on vacation but sometimes it just doesn’t happen and that’s definitely okay!!

    • beverleyc

      24 November

      Yes! I guess it’s good just going in with that mindset as well

  21. Pete

    30 November

    This is so refreshing to read. We need vacations to get away from the stress of the office, right? Well, we also need vacations to get away from the day-to-day rigors that consistent training can place on the body. Peeps would be surprised that sometimes taking a break can actually boost and improve performance and fat loss. Thanks for spreading that message here … and thanks for linking up at #bestoftheblogs

    • beverleyc

      3 December

      You’re totally right Pete! It was so nice to get out of routine and not have to worry about finding time to workout. And yes, i sometimes forget that it is better for my body to take a bit of a break

  22. Thanks for linking up! #bestofblogs

  23. Andrea

    1 December

    When I was in Bali I did pushups, squats, and abs in my room at night- when it was coolest. Other than that, I did not excursions like bike riding. No set cardio or anything though. Sometimes I think of vacations as my body’s resting/healing time too.

    • beverleyc

      3 December

      Oh thats so smart! I guess I could have done that too haha. I’m just so used to working out on the beach on vacation!

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