Sunday, June 29, 2014

Staying Fit On Vacation

Wow! I hope you guys had a great weekend!

On Thursday my family and I left to spend time together at our family ranch in Star Valley, Wyoming. I absolutely love it up there. It is so peaceful and tranquil. I grew up at this ranch and have many memories with my cousins there. My grandpa built this place and it has proven to be a place of solitude for the entire Hale family. If you have been reading the blog for awhile you know how important this place is to me. We try and make it up a few times each year.

One thing that I love is that I don’t really get service here. (FYI: AT&T does not fly up here. Verizon does, however it is still a bit touchy.) There is something relieving about not having internet/television/instagram/facebook not accessible by the touch of a finger.

I figured I would recap my vaca by sharing with you my favorite tips to stay active while on vacation!

Staying FIT on Vacation

Here are some tips on how to stay fit on vacation.

1. Get Outside!

My kids LOVE being outside.. Bee is actually still in her pajamas.. it was 8 am when I took this picture! It actually helps me to get up and get outside too! We played on the swings for awhile and went for a short hike.

Staying active while on vacation can just be as simple as getting outside. Go for a hike (if your by mountains), or just walk around the block first thing in the morning.

Even throw some rocks in some water.

2. Plan an active activity

My husband loves to golf! Luckily, so does my dad and brothers so they planned to go golfing one afternoon and then came back to the cabin and kept on golfing.

side note: Don’t those clouds look amazing?!

My Uncle is training for Lotoja and every day he spent time training with some of his buddies. They literally biked the majority of the day.. but training for that is no joke! Being the endurance junkie I am I was a little jealous of those long bike rides in this scenery.

Go for a run!

Running on vacation is one of my favorite ways to get to know the area and to just enjoy that moment and time. I never go with an expectation when on vacation. It IS a vacation.. just relax, no pace goal, no stress. Get out and go.

If there is a race where you are at and have the time sign up just for fun!

In Star Valley there is a half marathon. Last year, a couple of my cousins went out an did it! Just for fun.

We are a little crazy like that.

We also like to go on four wheeling trips and plan hikes as a family. Even just going for a swim in the hotel pool, spending at least 20 minutes in the hotel gym is just great.

4. Visit a Local gym

Every time I visit Star valley I like to drop into Crossfit Star Valley. Aly (My step mom) came with me this time!

The coaches and members are always so welcoming! Blake is also a great coach and very knowledgeable. He made sure we knew options and were comfortable with the lifts and the workout before starting.

We started with about a 10 minute warm up that consisted of just a few stretches, lunges and other light movements. After they did a tabata that consisted of lunge switches. THOSE do not get any easier.. ever… ha! Then the class did a lifting warm up. Aly and I just watched this portion. Blake (the coach/owner) went through a variety of warm up lifting techniques with them with a non weighted bar. Then we got to work on the strength work of the day. The movement was a split jerk. It is one of my favorite movements and since being pregnant I kept it light. They use Kg’s at crossfit Star Valley and I’m not super great with converting kg’s to pds. Blake informed my I was using 86 lbs which was perfect for this prego. Aly was new to the movement and he spent a good amount of time with her coaching her through the movement and making sure she was comfortable with it. I find that to be very impressive! She nailed the movement and made it look easy as cake.

The workout  we did was:

7 rounds

  • 7 Ring rows
  • 7 Goblet Squats
  • 7 HSPU
  • 70 m run ---> In the downpour rain! (Which was actually really refreshing!)

Aly and I both modified the HSPU (hand stand push ups) with single arm dumbbell press- 7 on each side. I wasn’t the only pregnant person there either! There was two others that were pregnant, one being the owners wife who is due just the week before me and one was my great cousin? Both of whom look amazing and made the workout look easy! 

Aly and I finished in 11:41 then called it a day.

I love visiting Crossfit Star Valley! If you ever get the opportunity to visit Star Valley, make sure you drop in there for a workout!! The next day they were doing a hero WOD (I have never done one before) and I really wanted to go but yard work took over and the time just didn’t work for me. (It was a rainy weekend so we had to mow and do all that jazz while we could.) Mowing that lawn at the cabin is a serious job.. (refer to first picture in this post.)

Thanks for a great time CF Star Valley!—> FB link. See you in August!

5. Plan Healthy Meals


{Halibut, green beans, and spaghetti squash}

It is really easy to eat out a lot while you are out of town. At the cabin we have a full kitchen accessible which makes it pretty easy to make our own meals. If you are staying in a hotel, see if you can at least get a mini fridge, so you can bring your own healthy snacks. Such as, greek yogurt, string cheese, apples, carrots, tuna fish, etc.


Expect not so healthy meals and enjoy it!

Vacations are meant to be exactly that. A VACATION! You spend every other day at home with a routine.. and you wont really dent your life missing one or two workouts or completely ruin your diet with one or two splurges.

My great uncle and aunt own a drive in fast food joint {the red baron} and I look forward to visiting there each time we go up to the ranch! I got a chime freeze which is a cherry and lime shake and a chicken malibu! Grilled chicken sandwich with tomato and lettuce.

It is something I always go for when I am there and love it!

We also have a night out at the fire, where we enjoy s’mores, roasted starburst and hot dogs.

There are a few of my tips to stay fit on vacation. I also have some workouts posted in my “work it out” tab at the top of the blog if you need a workout you can do anywhere with none or minimal equipment.

{More to be added soon, because I’m still working on transferring workouts to the tab that got lost when I switched blog domains.}

How do you stay fit on vacation?

Do you workout when your on vacation?