Holidays are known to be a time for you to relax, eat heaps and do nothing (besides sightseeing and shopping). For as long as i can remember, that's how most people i knew treated their holidays and i was definitly down with that - until recently.
Whether it's some public holidays and family time or an actualy destination holiday, i no longer see the point in being sedentary or eating tons of food that doesn't make me feel good.
For christmas this year, my family decided a trip to Bali was in order. And i decided this trip could not be another sendentary holiday. Of course, the hardest part of planning an active family holiday is making sure everyone else is happy doing what you want to do as well.
The easiest way to go about working out on your holiday it is to just bring a yoga mat, your runners, activewear and workout in your room for about 20 minutes each day. But that's not always practical. Some of us have holidays planned to the minute with as many things squished into a 24 hours day as possible. I know how that feels, and I know having no rest time in your hotel/villa also means no working out there.
So let's do what i did - suggest an active holiday.
My family agreed on 2 active things which made me happier than you could imagine. (If you remember, my family isn't exactly the most active). We decided to add a hike up Mt Batur and 2 hours of whitewater rafting into the itinerary for this christmas holiday.
And there we have it - one active day completed!
Wasn't too hard was it?
Thankfully, my family also planned down time in our villa so technically, even without the hike and rafting, I could have easily fit in short workouts during the day. But that just isn't as fun as this is!
Plus, the pictures are way better!
The next morning we got ourselves out of bed at 7am so that we could make it all the way to go whitewater rafting. I'll admit, the walk down to the river before we went rafting was the hardest part. Step and narrow steps just aren't anyone's friend.
Still, we managed (except my mum who tripped and hurt herself unfortunately) and pushed through a very cold 2 hours of whitewater rafting. I'll admit it was more fun than a workout, but isn't that what all workouts should feel like?
I realised that because i was thinking i wanted to do these things so i could stay active on this trip, I definitely looked at both activities as more of a chance to stay fit and not lose momentum - we all know how easy that is! - but i didn't walk away from them disappointed because it wasn't good enough or because i didn't feel sore the next day (something i crave when i know it's a new activity)
As i said earlier, bring a yoga mat and activewear to workout in your hotel is always easier than planning actual active activities, but it's more fun this way.
You can be active on your holiday, or go on an active holiday.
I know which one i wanna keep doing.
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