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Keep Your Family Fit While on Vacation

By Stephen R. Farris

It's never too early to start planning those family vacations for the summertime. While some families choose to take their trips in the early part of the summer, others wait until the last minute, usually right before the start of the new school year.

Vacation destinations may include trips to the beach, with lots of sunshine and ocean fun. Usually those are more for relaxation, just hanging out and taking life easy, which is good for the mentality.

Other families may head up into the mountains for some fresh air, along with camping out, hiking and biking. Both of those are great ideas and there are lots of ways to get in some exercise while enjoying a little rest and relaxation.

Take a Walk or Run on the Beach

Both are great exercises, especially for strengthening the legs, plus you'll get in a little cardio too. Shoes are optional and the sand can provide cushioning and resistance.


Swimming is a great way to get in a good workout for most all muscle groups, mainly the arms, chest, hips and legs. Just be careful when swimming in the ocean as you can get caught up in the undertow and end up further out than it is possible to safely swim back. Many mountainous regions had ample lakes and rivers that are perfect for taking a morning or afternoon swim.


This is more for the mountain adventurer. The mountains provide hikers with a variety of trails to choose from. It doesn't matter if you're a novice or have been hiking for years, there's a trail that is perfect for you to get in some leg and cardio workouts.


Taking a ride on the bike is another great way to get in some exercise while on vacation. You may find a lot of mountain resorts have bike trails available for their guests and more than likely, especially if you don't want to carry bikes with you on your trip, they may also have rentals as well. If you're at the beach, what a great way to get around the area and leave your car at the hotel. 

There are lots of ways to get in a good workout while vacationing. Most hotels and motels now have gym rooms with resistance weights and treadmills. So if the weather is not cooperating, head down to the lobby and get moving!

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Denton, Tex.

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