Don’t Let Spring Break Ruin Your Fitness Routine


    By Michelle Owens


    Spring break season is in full swing and many people will be traveling for leisure. If you’re planning to take to the skies or highways for a spring getaway, start planning now so that you won’t jeopardize your exercise routine. You want to make sure the only extra pounds you bring home from vacation this year are your cheap souvenirs.


    The fatigue that accompanies travel, along with unfamiliar settings can make you forget about exercising and healthy eating in favor of convenient fast food or the hotel cocktail lounge.


    But with some pre-travel planning, you can avoid these travel pitfalls. When traveling, I prefer to stay at a particular hotel because I know every hotel in the chain usually has a well-equipped fitness facility, indoor heated pool, laundry facility (for sweaty exercise clothes) and fresh fruit on the free breakfast bar. I also use the Internet to discover which restaurants are near my hotel and which have healthy Vegan options on their menu. I know before I go, what I will be eating, so I’m less likely to be tempted by something unhealthy on the menu.


    Packing portable exercise bands and a travel yoga mat provides a failsafe guarantee that I will squeeze in some physical activity, even if it’s on the floor in my hotel room at night.


    Spring Break is a great time of year to get away from everyday responsibilities and have fun with friends and family. But don’t let this change in schedule sabotage a fitness routine you’ve been perfecting since you made that New Year’s resolution. 


    One of my favorite websites has some great tips for staying on track during travel. Check it out here:


    How do you stick to your exercise routine while on travel? Share your comments!


    About the author: Michelle Owens, is a Yoga Alliance-registered yoga teacher and owner of Yoga East studio ( in downtown Avalon Park. She can be reached at