Saturday, February 21, 2015
Don't let vacation stop exercise

By Tony Wagner Citizen Columnist

Dear Mr. Fitness:

How are you? I think it's nice that you are able to answer questions in the paper about health and fitness. My question is how do my husband and I stay committed to our exercise when we go on vacation? I always seem to completely stop exercising on vacation. What's the secret?

-- Vacate

Dear Vacate:

I am fine. I agree with you that it is nice to have me give people the truth about health and fitness. Now that we both agree, I think I can help you and your husband. (Please, that was tongue-in-cheek).

What you may try to do when vacationing is to do something that is fun and physical. For instance, water skiing is a type of exercise that is fun. I guess it is fun. Take some lessons and enjoy. If you find yourself in the mountains in winter, then go and snow ski. If you already know how to ski, great! Now, get out there and ski! Voila! You are exercising!

If you find yourself in those same mountains but hate to ski, then take a hike! Try to do a hike daily. It's not bad. You won't even realize that you are training your heart and lungs! This is what makes this type of exercising so cool! You are doing something, but you don't even get that you are really exercising, and doing something! Er, well, something like that.

I think you know what I mean. If the vacation takes you near the water, try snorkeling or scuba diving. You can truly burn a lot of calories by scuba diving! You don't even feel the sweat! Getting around by bicycle is fun too. In Italy, and many other countries, they offer complete vacation packages touring Italy by bike! Great way to see the country and burn off the body fat! Scenic nature trails are good, too. See all types of flora and fauna, and work the heck out of the heart, lungs and legs!

If your vacation takes you on a cruise ship, they all have gyms on board. Perhaps you could stop in there on occasion. The other option is they always provide classes you can take. Different types of classes not usually offered to you back home. Give that a whirl.

Speaking of whirling, a great many folks dance the night away when on vacation. Try dancing. I trained a woman back in the late '80 for the Ms. Olympia bodybuilding contest. She hated doing aerobics. So. I took here to a famous San Francisco nightclub and had her dance every song! It was great! We became very popular at that club! This was a neat way of doing her aerobic exercises. It worked very well.

I think if you vacation and try something new and exciting, it will keep your interest and dramatically keep you in shape while enjoying your vacation. Give these suggestions a shot and let me know how in shape you become during your vacation!

-- Mr. Fitness

Tony Wagner, aka Mr. Fitness, has more than 30 years of fitness and nutritional expertise. A certified personal trainer and fitness author, he has helped thousands of people get into and stay in shape. Contact him at and come visit at Bodyzone Fitness Center, 2740 N. Roosevelt Blvd., 305-292-2930.

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