Staying Fit on Vacation-Kayaking

I sure am glad I got started on this blog thanks to #TravelFit2014 and Jennifer Whitehead at the Aria Las Vegas hotel. Otherwise I may not have been as motivated to get this trip arranged. Today we took kayaking trip at Assateague Island. If you are not familiar, this is one of the islands in Maryland and Virginia that are inhabited with wild horses.

We booked our ecotour with Coastal Kayak. Chris and Steffan were our guides. My family and another family on a day trip from Philly were in the group. We had a 45 minute van drive to the island. Steffan is the”lucky guide” and always spots horses when he leads a tour. Luck was with us as soon as we crossed the bridge to the island. There were several horses on the road including the only baby born on the island this year.


We unloaded the kayaks and got underway. The water and the weather were both beautiful. We spotted several native birds to the island and a few crabs in the water. Not long after that we saw a “band” of horses which consists of a male and several females. They were feeding on sea grasses. This is their main diet, along with lots of water since the grass is very salty. Our kayaks were only about ten feet away from the horses. They seem very used to people and watched us about as much as we watched them.


Our kayak trip was about 90 minutes of paddling. This was a good workout for the day. I think we made a convert to kayaking out of hubby Bob. He had never gone before and he was really into spotting all the wild horses.


Before we got back in the van, we had a visit from a lone male horse. He acted like he wanted a food handout. You aren’t allowed to feed the horses so they don’t get dependent on humans for food. The guides told us they get enough food from the campers (they steal it from the campsites just like bears or raccoons). When we didn’t give him treats he lumbered away to see what else he could find.

What a fun day! I would recommend a kayak tour for anyone looking for an active adventure on the water.

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Staying Fit on Vacation-Bike Ride to Fenwick Island

Sunday in South Bethany Beach and today is my rest day. Instead of a workout under the beach house, hubby Bob and I wanted to explore on our bikes. We headed to Fenwick Island to see the lighthouse. It was about a four and a half mile ride from our beach house. The guy we rented our bikes from told us bikes are the way to go in this area and he is right. It’s so much fun to take off and ride around finding new places and things. Highway 1 has a bike path for miles.

We rode into the town of Fenwick Island. It is a quaint little seaside town. We decided we would like to come back in September and stay there for a weekend. The lighthouse was neat to see and a pretty cool photo op.
That’s me with the bikes in front of the lighthouse.

 With the help of the “around me” app and google maps, we found Lizzie’s Bistro. It was a very sweet little place to eat. We each had an omelette with some homemade rye toast. The owner even came out and talked to us about his place. That’s hubby Bob posing in the dining room.


On the ride back, we stopped to get some info on the eco-tours at Coastal Kayak. That’s a new fitness adventure for us on Tuesday. Stay tuned! #TravelFit2014

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Stay Fit on Vacation-Fit Star Workout

The fun continues as we start our second week at South Bethany Beach Delaware. Today hubby Bob and I started our day with a Fit Star workout. If you haven’t heard of Fit Star it is a Fitness app you can use on your phone, iPad, computer or other devices. It gives you access to so many workouts. It is hosted by former NFL player Tony Gonzalez. We did a 20 minute body weight workout. I had never done it before and I really liked it.

We hung out and waited for our daughter Marla and her fiance Tony to arrive. After we got them settled in, we headed for the beach. Now we have a house full of younger generation and they are not all into working out in the traditional sense, but they do like to be active on the beach.

Today it was paddle ball…


…and for some reason Dan and Nate like to dig big holes in the sand!

Here’s the video..

Stay tuned for more adventures, brought to you by #TravelFit2014

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Stay Fit on Vacation-Ride a Bike!

This is my third blog post brought to you by the Aria Hotel in Las Vegas who are sponsoring #TravelFit2014. The folks there have inspired me to blog about how we are staying fit while on our vacation to South Bethany Beach, Delaware.

On Wednesday afternoon, hubby Bob drove down and joined us here on South Bethany Beach. He brought a bunch more exercise equipment (kettlebells, a yoga mat, and his TRX) so now we can do a few more moves in our circuits and we rented bikes to use for next week. There is a bike path all the way up and down Highway 1. We want to ride to shops and restaurants. The bike rental place brought us brand new bikes and they are nice!


This morning we did a twenty minute full body circuit and then headed out on our bikes for Bethany Beach. When we got there we ate at the Penguin Diner for breakfast. I had the “Trainer”, which was egg whites, spinach, mushrooms, a whole wheat pancake and a little dish of yogurt. Yummy and healthy but so much food! I went light for lunch.


We came back and went to the beach. We have had the most beautiful weather so far. I hope it continues for our next week. I didn’t actually take part in this activity, but it looked like a workout. Dan planned out an octopus to make in the sand and spent about an hour shoveling sand to make it. I would have never thought of shoveling the sand away to make the legs. It must be his engineer’s mind that came up with it.


Tomorrow we plan to ride to Fenwick Island. I’ll take lots of pictures!

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?

Spinning Class for Vacation Fitness

Hubby and I decided we would try some different fitness activities while we were on vacation this year. Today we took a spinning class at Fitness Studio in Ocean Isle, NC. Our niece, Lindsey (another fitness enthusiast in our family) decided to join us.


We got there a little early so we chose our bikes and stretched a little. Soon Stacey, our instructor came and helped us adjust our seats and handlebars. The class filled up fast and I was surprised that most of the participants were older than us. I had done a spin class at my local YMCA once but Bob and Lindsey had never done it before. They were in for a fitness treat!

The class we were in was a resistance class. It focused on hill climbing over speed. After a good warm-up song, we did our first hill climb. This consisted of adjusting your resistance until it was “sticky” and you had to push AND pull to make the pedals spin. We climbed in ride position, race position and standing. My legs were unhappy, but my cardio system was loving it. You could set your resistance to whatever you were comfortable with. I thought maybe I should back down a little after the first hill climb!


The music was great and it kept me motivated to keep going. After two hill climbs, we did a song where we travelled a flat road. We set the bike to lighter resistance and concentrated on speed. It was a nice “break” from the hills. We finished with a third, more intense hill climb. I was excited because now I had my second wind and was able to crank the resistance up higher than I had it on the first hill. It probably helped that I knew we were almost done! After a cool down song, we crawled off our bikes and had a nice stretch.

Both my workout partners liked their spinning experience. Bob said even though he is in good shape from working with a trainer, trying  a new exercise routine really made him work. Lindsey said, “It was really fun, an awesome workout and the music made it seem like we were dancing at times.”


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Healthy Eating Choices on Vacation

Let’s face it, eating is one of the best parts of your get-a-way.

When you are on vacation, there are restaurants to visit and recipes to try, burgers to grill and desserts to sample.  You can still make healthy eating choices for you and your family even when you are vacationing.

Eating in:

  • Plan ahead, make a menu and grocery shop with the menu in mind.  Just like at home, you won’t be as tempted to buy junk.
  • You don’t need dessert every night.  Save it for a special occasion, like the night you reach your destination, or if a holiday falls while you’re away.
  • Dive into some locally grown produce.  Where we go, there are lots of roadside produce stands and farmer’s markets.  You may get to try something you have never tried and it’s a great way to meet the locals.
  • Pay attention to how your cook your food.  Broil rather than fry, steam your veggies instead of adding cheese and cream sauces.

Eating out:

  • Make your reservation for earlier or later than the crowd.  If you need to sit and wait a long time, you will be really hungry and overeat.  You can also take some healthy snacks along to enjoy while you wait.
  • Don’t drink your calories.  Order water.  If alcohol is a must stay away from the sugary drinks.
  • Think about the adjectives that describe the menu items.  Look for “grilled”, “broiled”, “steamed”,” “boiled”, “fresh”.  Avoid “battered”, “fried”, “smothered”, “melted” and the like.
  • Order a salad with fresh ingredients and a lighter dressing such as balsamic vinaigrette.  This will up your veggie consumption and help you eat less of the high calorie stuff.
  • Ask if you can order a lunch portion, or ask for a box when you start eating and put half of your meal in it while you eat the other half.  Now you just took care of lunch for tomorrow!

Enjoy your vacation and pack up the guilt by making healthy eating choices.