It’s January; The time of resolutions. One of the most popular choices for change in the New Year is to lose weight or get in shape. Going on vacation can often put a snag in those plans as we consume
excess calories Mickey Bars and perhaps sip a few more Grand Marnier slushes than we should. I know what you are thinking, Disney is A LOT of walking and therefore one should not have to exercise on top of the rigors of park touring. There are some people who want to keep up their routine even on vacation and many health professionals agree that this is the way to achieve long-term success. Here is how to keep on track during your stay at Walt Disney World.
1. Hit the Gym. Each deluxe property and Coronado Springs in the moderate category has a gym equipped with various cardio equipment and free weights along with a variety of weight machines. If you are a guest of these resorts you may use these facilities for free. Not staying deluxe or at Coronado? You can buy a pass the Coronado Springs Gym, La Vida Health Club, for $12 per day based on availability.
2. Go for a swim. Every Walt Disney Resort has a pool (or two, or three). Swimming is a wonderful work out. Tour the parks in the morning and then head back for a cool off dip. Spend thirty minutes practicing different strokes and treading water. You will burn calories, but you will also be taking the weight off your feet and letting yourself relax!
3. Rent a bike. You can rent bikes at various resorts and locations throughout Disney World. This is a great way to spend a morning or afternoon off from park touring. It is affordable and will let you see sights from a different view-point!
4. Use the Jogging Trails. There are wonderful jogging paths around the resort property. Jogging paths can be found at Animal Kingdom Lodge, Boardwalk Inn, Yacht and Beach Club, Polynesian, Grand Floridian, All Star Resorts, Wilderness Lodge, Fort Wilderness, Caribbean Beach, Coronado Springs, Port Orleans, Pop Century, The Contemporary Resort and Old Key West. Many of these paths are unshaded, however, so it is a good idea to keep hydrated and avoid mid day runs when the temperatures are high.
5. Learn how to do a hotel room work out. Warm up with jumping jacks and jogging in place. Then you can use a chair to do triceps dips and the bed to do incline push ups. Add in some sit ups, mountain climbers, squats and lunges and you will be keeping your muscles in shape while you are on vacation. You can get a good hotel room work out in only 15-20 minutes so no excuses! You can look up various work outs on youtube.com
6. The average guest walks quite a bit at Disney. Sometimes you can do close to 10 miles a day if not more! This is a lot for someone who does not work out on a daily basis, so if you try to eat properly (maybe exchange one of those cookies for a yogurt?) You may actually lose weight without trying while enjoying your trip!
Most importantly, have fun! Keep your routine, but don’t let your routine ruin your trip. If you are tired or sore from the extensive park touring listen to your body and take a day off from your workouts.
Jess is a Vacation Planner with Pixie vacations. You can read more from here at www.fastpasstomagic.com or like her page on facebook. If you have any questions about planning your next trip contact her at Jess@pixievacations.com
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