You’ve been saving up, counting down, and toning your body for months, and now it’s FINALLY HERE! Vacation baby! Your own personal getaway! Your vacation mode just switched on; you’re sitting back, relaxing, and doing all the things that put you in that perfect state of zen. That’s all well and good, but here’s the thing about most people and their zen – it doesn’t usually include any physical fitness. You’ve rationalized this, I mean c’mon it’s your time off! I hear you, but you don’t need me to tell you how much you’re going to regret it when you drag yourself back onto the treadmill next week. So you’re in luck, because we have 4 ways of squeezing in a workout without switching off that vacation mode.
Whether you’re in the Cascade Mountain range or central Kansas City, hiking is a great way to see the sites AND be active outdoors. Hiking engages your quadriceps, hamstrings, calves, glutes, hips, and abdominals – aka all the good stuff. Plus, let’s not forget the added bonus in that the longer the hike the more calories you shed off! Some of you may be asking, ‘But doesn’t a hike have to include elevation to be considered a hike? Scaling a mountain is so not my kind of zen.’ Well we’re with you, and we’re glad you asked, because the answer is NOPE! Sure, elevation gain will add challenge to your outdoor adventure, but exploring a nice flat trail will still engage your muscles. So, the mountains don’t have to be calling your name, but if you’re ready to give a new landscape a shot, check out the National Park Service website to find hikes near your next vacation destination.
Calling all cyclists!! Biking has been found to have many benefits, not only for your own physical physique, but also for our environment. While riding a bike you’re engaging most of the same muscles as hiking, but you get to add a little upper body into the mix, and oh... did I mention a calorie burn boost? Who doesn’t love that?! Targeting your calves, thighs, glutes, hamstrings, arms, shoulders and abdominals, biking really does it all. Most major cities have bike rental shops with a range of packages to save money, but let’s not forget that it’s 2019 and there are convenient apps, like LimeBike or City Bike, which let you pick one up on-demand right off of the street. It really doesn’t get easier than that! Brew up some romance on a tandem bike with your sweetie, or make it a family affair and rent a surrey cycle that allows up to 8 people to ride together. One of the many upsides to this: it’s a great, fast way to explore while working out, and when you take your well-deserved break you can sit back and let someone else do the work! Super savvy tip that you won’t regret: If you’re staying in a downtown area and aren’t planning on venturing too far out, consider swapping the rental car for a rental bike. Not only are you burning those extra calories, but you’re saving on gas money AND doing your part in cutting down pollution.
BONUS ACTIVITY: For those of you who are 21+, our favorite hybrid activity for you are BARCYCLES!!! Cycle along, while seated at a bar getting served beer, wine or hard beverages! (We can’t promise any caloric deficit on this ride, but we can confidently promise at least a little fitness and a lot of fun!)
- Roller skating
Take a hint from the sand dwellers on the w(b)est coast! There’s nothing more relaxing than a nice long roller skating session. Whether it be on a beach path, or through some undiscovered muraled alleys in a new city, roller skating is a fun, low impact way to not only get in some good exercise, but check out new areas in the express lane of pedestrians. Roller skating activates your glutes, quadriceps, hamstrings, and abdominals while working on your balance as well! We recommend to our friends that have as much balance as we do (or should we say lack thereof) to look into helmets with matching elbow and knee pads; no one likes injuries on vacation.
- Water sports!
Those looking for a splashing time; kayaking, river rafting, canoeing, and paddleboarding are great ways to work out your upper body and work on your balance, but also experience the wavier landscapes in the area. These activities target biceps, triceps, abdominals, shoulders, and laterals, and also make for some beautiful scenic photos if you’re into that! If you’re visiting a coastal town there are usually kayak rental options. Get out on your own or go out with a guide who will show you the insider spots. In the Pacific Northwest, kayaking with whales is all the rage! For our land-locked friends, try canoeing or for more of an adrenaline rush, river rafting. Paddleboarding is also popular where the water is calm. In coastal cities like Fort Lauderdale, FL, or Long Beach, CA, paddleboarding through canals is a great way to catch a glimpse ofthe fabulous houses of the rich and famous. Let’s face it, you can lay by a chlorine-filled pool all day, or adventure out and get the same tan (without having to remember how long it’s been since you last flipped), fresh air, better water, and a way better view! Not even a contest to us!
Have fun out there go-getters and earth explorers! Remember, always bring sun screen, and stay hydrated! And, don’t forget to always pack your favorite healthy travel food to keep energized on your adventures—WOLO Protein WanderBars™.
The WanderBar™ was designed as a low calorie protein bar to keep consumers exploring. Packed with 15 grams of protein for high energy, 11-12 grams of fiber, an immune boosting antioxidant blend and under 6 grams of sugar to keep you wandering.
written by: Benicia Garcia
Assistant to the Senior Brand Manager