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Friday, February 17, 2017, 9:15 AM
 

With temperatures continuing to plunge, ice storms, and severe cold warnings, it's no wonder that thousands of Canadians venture to warm destinations to escape the cold.

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With NHPC's 2017 Conference Series kicking off in Riviera Maya later this month, we are going to share a few helpful travel tips to prepare you for your winter escape, while staying holistically healthy! 


1. Schedule your workout into your itinerary.

For any gym or avid fitness enthusiast, the number one rule is consistency. It's hard to work out while on vacation, but adding a routine into your itinerary can make it less of a hassle and more of a reward.

Do you want that extra margarita? You don't need to go to the gym to work out; visit a local market, explore historical landmarks such as the Mayan Ruins (which we assure you is more rewarding than that stair climber), scuba dive, or go for a swim at the beach. 


2. Pack light and get your workout gear at your hotel!

Many of us dread packing. Even with advances, such as packing cubs, space compressing bags, and luggage compartments, who really wants to use the extra space for running shoes and gym clothes?

Many hotels now let you rent gym wear at the hotel, for as little as $5. Save room in your luggage for souvenirs and not for your dirty runners. You can also buy travel friendly workout gear, such as a travel yoga mat, which can fold in on itself to be as small as a pocket square.


3. Watch online fitness tutorials.

Is your itinerary packed full, and you don't want to hit the hotel gym or go to a fitness class? There are many other ways to stay fit on vacation, for as little as 15 minutes a day. You can watch a beginners or advanced yoga fitness tutorial on Youtube.

Or, there are fitness apps that you can download for Android and Apple that have short fitness routines, such as Pilates and Yoga.


4. See if your resort hosts group fitness classes! Forget the gym. Go to the beach.

Several resorts have unlimited fitness classes and arranged activities that you can participate in. An average yoga membership costs about $80 a month. Several hotels offer unlimited yoga classes. Yoga at the beach sounds a lot more appealing than driving to your local gym when it's -30 °C.

Practitioner assisting with stretch


5. Go for that spa day!

Taking vacations is about treating yourself, so why not have a spa day and treat yourself to a hot stone massage or a spa wrap? Usually hotels have an in-resort spa so you can relax by the pool. Learn more about common holistic health practices offered in spas in our Holistic Health Guide.

Woman with therapy stones lined up on her back

 

All-inclusive trips don't have to mean gaining an additional ten pounds a week. Incorporate these holistic health trips into your vacation, and you won't only feel better, but you also won't feel the need to do an immediate after-vacation detox.