I just got back from a mini-vacation with my beau. We spent four days travelling and visiting and having a fly-by-the-seat-of-our-pants adventure. It was glorious.
And as much as I was on vacation, I wanted to remain as much on-par with my fitness – especially since we had some less than healthy foods on our trip (although I did plan ahead of time and prepared some healthy-ish meals for the road, as well as a lot of fresh fruit and berries).
If you recall, a few years ago I wrote an article for Vegas.com on Staying Fit While Travelling and I cued up a few of those ideas.
Our first night away we were visiting my beau’s family. We had a gorgeous sunny day and had planned on hitting the beach but instead got hit with an impromptu thunder and lightening storm so, instead we ended up spending the afternoon binge watching Stranger Things on Netflix. I don’t usually recommend that much TV but, meh, we were on vacation and it was pouring. Once the rain cleared up we were out and spent a good part of the evening walking up and down the streets of his hometown.
The next day we headed to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. We were planning to travel around the Cabot Trail. (Google it. Seriously….the photos really can’t even do it justice. It’s so beautiful.) but the first night in Cape Breton we stayed at a little French (Acadian – my roots!) village and toured that. We walked the board walk and the streets and even walked to the restaurant. And after dinner (I had lobster) we had planned to go running, but once again we got hit with rain so I worked out in the motel room. I put together a mini bootcamp class and got my sweat on with a mix of cardio and strength. Near the end of my workout my boyfriend wanted me to keep going so he was yelling out (dictating) exercises for me: “burpees”, “flying squats”, “lunges”, “chair dips”. Such a commando.
The following morning we were headed to the Cabot Trail. We were really excited to get some hiking in so as we climbed higher and higher into the mountains we finally reached the Skyline Trail.
This is a 7.5 kilometer hike that ends up on the edge of cliff. It has been groomed for the tourists and hikers and eventually there is a boardwalk and steps that lead all the way down to the point. It’s insane. It’s about 1,6oo feet high – which seems a whole lot higher when you’re looking down and imagining yourself plummeting to your death.
Walking down those stairs was work enough, but walking back up them….*whew* Beau said to me as we hauled our asses back up that our heart rates would for sure be up. Later on, for fun, I checked my FitBit’s heart rate monitor and sure enough my heart rate had spiked to the moon at the time we were climbing.
As if that hike wasn’t enough, I went for another walk that evening. After being stuck in the car for so long (the Cabot Trail takes a few hours to go around) I was happy to get my legs moving again.
On our last day of our vacation Beau and I were up early and trekked into Town for coffee. When we were headed back we took a different route and ended up walking another 4.5 k (mostly) up hill and checking out the scene.
Finally, once home and unpacked I felt like I had to get some more strength in as most of the exercise on my trip had been cardio.
Overall, it was a great little vacation and I am satisfied with the exercise I was able to incorporate into my time away. As noted in my bit for Vegas.com, there are always ways to stay fit and on track when you’re traveling.