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:
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.
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.
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 😉
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.
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!
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.
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?