How to Stay Fit on Vacation

Recently I was invited by Jennifer Whitehair (she promotes vacationing in Las Vegas and it sounds like there is tons to do there besides gambling and going to see shows on the strip) to blog about staying fit on vacation. It’s a part of #TravelFit2014. She contacted me right before I was headed to South Bethany Beach Delaware.

We have been going to Sunset Beach, NC (and loved it) for years. This year all of our young adult kids have jobs that don’t mesh too well with traveling 12 hours away so we decided to bring the party North.

This is a perfect time for me to explore what kinds of fun things I can do to stay in shape while I enjoy the shores of South Bethany for two weeks.

June 15 was our first full day here. I decided to try some Yoga on the beach. I have my P90X Yoga X pretty well memorized so I just walked down the beach access and gave it a shot. It was great gazing at the ocean while doing my sun salutations. I felt very relaxed after about an hour doing Yoga in the wind and salt air. Sure beats my basement home gym!


Today my sister and I took a two mile bike ride up highway 1 to Bethany Beach. There is a bike path that runs parallel to the road. We were able to park the bikes and walk around, check out the shops and restaurants, and walk the boardwalk a bit. It was a beautiful day for it! On the way back DelDot had a bike safety station and installed free lights on our bikes. Thanks 🙂

When we got back to the beach house, I decided to use my 12 Minute Athlete app on my smartphone to get some resistance exercise. This app is great for traveling and it only costs about a dollar so the price is right. You just put in how long you want to work out (12 or 16 minutes) and what equipment you have and it creates a workout for you. If you don’t like it, you just shake it and it creates another one. Since it didn’t have resistance bands as an option for equipment, I had it create a bodyweight workout and substituted 2 band exercises for two bodyweight exercises. I just went under the beach house in the shade. Who needs to spend extra money to go to the gym?

Exercise and Fitness: Becoming a Certified Personal Trainer

I have been a Physical Educator for the past 13 years. This summer I decided to set my sights on also becoming a Certified Personal Trainer. When I see the increase in the obesity level in this country, it makes me sad. When I see the cuts in public education funding it makes me frustrated. When I see schools cutting Physical Education and recess time to concentrate on increasing reading and math test scores it makes me angry.

In the future, I believe Americans will have to take their health into their own hands in the form of preventative medicine. I want to be ready to help those individuals who are ready to to take that step.

I started in early July by beginning the ACE Certified Personal Training Course.  This is a course you can do on your own schedule in your own home. I started in the summer so I would have more time to study. The package I got includes a study schedule and a weekly e-mail to keep you on track. I have a year from the date I enrolled to register for the test.  The schedule was written for 12 weeks.  I am taking things a little slower than that! I am on week five right now.

The first four weeks was study of “The Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology”.  I was really glad I already had a Health and PE degree.  This was review of a lot of things I had learned in college.  College was a loooong time ago though so it took me a while to slog through all the information!

This week I started the ACE Personal Training Manual. This reading seems a little easier…at least for now!  ACE has also added a new option “ACE Academy Elite” where you can watch videos and take quizzes that correspond to each chapter in the written study materials.

I’m looking forward to becoming an ACE Certified Personal Trainer.  I’ll keep you posted on my progress. If you think this is something that may be in your future, feel free to ask any questions you have.