Everybody travels, whether it’s for business, pleasure, vacation, or world domination, at some point we all depart from the comfort of our home to visit another location. It might be a quick trip to the next town for a business conference or a massive adventure halfway around the world, but no matter what kind of trip it is, one thing is certain, our normal routines get completely thrown out whack.
If you work out in a gym, suddenly you might not have access to any equipment. If you run around your neighborhood, suddenly you no longer have a familiar path to follow. If you usually prepare your own meals, suddenly you don’t have a kitchen or fridge. If you’re used to a good night’s sleep, suddenly you’re sleeping at odd hours in different time zones.
We are creatures of habit, and while working a normal day job, we can stick to a routine pretty easily, however, when we start traveling, absolutely nothing is familiar and the slightest speed bump can be enough to screw things up.
However one thing I can tell you is that a Las Vegas vacation doesn’t need to ruin your workout routine. Resorts have their own fitness spots & really interesting programs that can keep visitors healthy, but there are also plenty of things you can do to stay fit without the gym, and still see and experience the amazing sights of Vegas.
If you need a classroom environment to keep the workout on track? Aria Spa & Salon’s action-packed classes include a TRX Fusion session with just a suspension trainer and body weight to complete exercises. The workout helps develop balance, flexibility and core stability.
Or head out on Aria’s indoor hike, a 60-minute tour through the resort with stops by works from the resort’s $40-million public art collection. Sprint through the convention center, do jumping jacks in front of the spa and push-ups in the garden areas while learning about the “Focus Water Wall” that goes from trickle to waterfall in front of Aria.
Info: Aria Spa & Salon, (702) 590-9600
Yoga will never be the same once it’s done with dolphins. The Spa at Mirage offers a yoga session with the swimming mammals in an underwater room that gives ample views of the Dolphin Habitat.
Info: Spa at Mirage, (702) 791-7146
If mastering a downward dog is more in line with the workout schedule, the Monte Carlo offers Yoga in the Plaza on Saturdays. The hourlong class right on the Strip gets the day going with inner peace and stretching.
Info: Monte Carlo, (702) 730-7590
Get up close and personal with 30 sharks while diving at the Shark Reef Aquariumat Mandalay Bay. Scuba-certified travelers can dive into North America’s only predator-based aquarium with its sand tiger, sandbar and white tip reef sharks. Each dive includes a guided tour of the aquarium and admission for four guests to view the perilous dip, all starting at $650.
Info: Dive with the Sharks, (702) 632-4555
When a straight-up workout tailored to an individual’s needs are in order, the Bellagio’s Next Level Wellness Sessions and its personalized training fill the bill. Guests can request specific workouts and get Body Mass Index and body fat calculations during these one-on-one sessions.
Info: Bellagio Fitness Center, (702) 693-7472
Rejuvenate with Stay Well Rooms at the MGM Grand. Energizing lights that reduce jet lag and aromatherapy scents are just some of the amenities in these hotel rooms that focus on a healthier lifestyle and start at $130 per
Info: MGM Staywell Rooms, (877) 880-0880
Other Las Vegas attractions will not offer you the chance to defy gravity! If you share my love for the extreme sports, indoor skydiving is an adrenaline-inducing Las Vegas activity that provides you with a surprise workout for the whole body! The act of attempting to control your body while hovering over a huge 1,000 horsepower motor keeps you soaring through air in this indoor skydiving facility. Free falling through the air with wind speeds up to 120 mph. can really test your limits and muscles!
Info: Vegas Indoor Skydiving, (702) 731-4768
Now, for those of you who want to workout in the comfort of your own room, that can also easily be done, AND DONE WELL, once you know some specific information.
Scientists have worked out the minimum amount of exercise you can get away with in order to stay fit. The New York Times reportsthat a group of researchers investigated just how little exercise we really need. The good news is, as long as you’re willing to work hard during your workout, you don’t need as much exercise as you think! YAY!
Most world-class athletes do interval training which is short bursts of strenuous activity, mixed with rest. So researchers at McMaster University developed a version of high-intensity interval training that involves one minute of strenuous effort, at about 90% of a person’s maximum heart rate, followed by one minute of easy recovery. Their version sees that process repeated ten times, meaning a total exercise times of 20 minutes, and is supposed to be done twice a week.