LIVE: Get in Shape Before Your Next Vacation
All the sweating you do at Curves isn’t in vain. When you exercise and workout, you build stamina for all the fun things you want to do in life—taking leisurely walks with friends, hiking, shopping, and of course, vacation activities! Often women think of getting back in shape for the summer so they can look good in a bathing suit, forgetting that physical fitness also helps you make the most of your vacation by increasing your endurance and helping you avoid becoming fatigued. Depending on where you travel, some walking tours take travelers trekking for 25 miles a day or more. Disney World, for example, which is frequented by middle aged mothers and grandmothers, is high on the list of physically demanding getaways. The best way to prepare: keep doing what you’re doing and stick with a consistent workout plan like the Curves Circuit.
To get the most from your gym workout at Curves, so you can take your strong body to an exotic faraway place, here are some tips:
Believe in your workout plan
Although you can’t will yourself to be fit, your mind does play a role in helping you achieve your best workout. Negative comments like “I’ll never get in shape” or “I have so much work to do to get fit,” will only set up more of a road block. Instead, keep your eye on the prize. With each step you take during your workouts at Curves, picture yourself climbing up a beautiful mountain or strolling through Paris—wherever you would be on your dream vacation.
Hit the Circuit with a smile
As you get in shape for your next vacation, bring the enthusiasm for your upcoming trip with you to your gym workout. Research1 on the mental health benefits of exercise finds, the more you enjoy your exercise routine, the more likely you will be to stick to it, and the better benefits you will get. If you’re getting back in shape or maintaining your current fitness for a fun vacation, daydream about your trip while you work out and you will embrace the exercise challenge with a smile.
Try something new
In the spirit of experiencing new places and possibly, new cultures, why not get in shape by trying a new class? Curves offers several different classes, with a range from high to low intensity. Depending on the type of travel you will be embarking upon, consider signing up for a Cardio, Body Basics, or Balance class.
Get psyched for your trip
A great way to get yourself in the mood for your vacation is to listen to music or watch a video that reminds you of your destination. Going to London? Put some Beatles on your iPod. Doing a trip to New Orleans? Listen to some jazz. Not only will you build excitement for your travels, you will add a pep to your step. Researchers2 at Brunel University in London found that listening to music while you exercise makes your workout more enjoyable. In fact, scientists discovered a 13 to 28 percent increase in exercise enjoyment in those who listened to music compared exercisers who did not.
Bring your travel buddies
At Curves, the motto is, we are all in this together, and we want to give each other the support we all deserve. That means it’s time for you to help empower someone you care about—perhaps someone who will be joining you on your trip—who is also thinking about starting a workout plan to take control of her future. If we each bring just one new person to Curves, together we will help change the lives of TENS OF THOUSANDS of women. In turn, these women can then become healthy role models and inspire many more people around them as well. So, make it your mission to partner with Curves over the next 30 days to help someone you know and love to live a healthier, stronger life.
1 National Institutes of Health
2 Psychology of Sport and Exercise