Dear Heather … Summer Fitness Vacations

Dear Heather,

I remember reading in your blog a while back about fitness vacations. I was actually thinking that this would be a good plan for my family (we have 4 boys ranging in age of 5 to 15) and I think a fitness vacation might inspire my sons to stay active while spending some time with their Dad and I. But I’m not sure where to start my planning. Any ideas?

-Mom on the Move

Dear Mom on the Move,

First let me say hats off to you, I have a hard time keeping up with 1 girl, I can’t imagine doing it with 4 boys! Wowza! First and foremost, I’ll refer you back to the article you mentioned on Planning a Fitness Vacation. But one way to plan a fitness vacation may to plan a road trip to some national landmarks. Car trips can take some forward thinking and I’ll grant you gas prices aren’t friendly these days, but there’s a privacy and intimacy to a car trip that can help you and your family spend quality time.

You can also control the ‘snacking’ in a car trip by packing your cooler with fresh fruit and veggies, bottled water and juice. You don’t have to go for the high fat, high carb quick stops along the highway. You can plan breaks at rest stops every couple of hours to get out and walk, stretch your legs and bathroom breaks.

In the meanwhile, your destination at landmarks can lead to hiking, horseback riding and if you pack your bicycles, you can ride them around your destination. Depending on how you calculate your trip planning, you can really make the most of your trip, the sites and the opportunities together. Personally, I’m planning a trip to the Grand Canyon and Mount Rushmore next year with my daughter, her fascination with George Washington ought to be really tickled by Rushmore.

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About Heather Long

Heather Long is 35 years old and currently lives in Wylie, Texas. She has been a freelance writer for six years. Her husband and she met while working together at America Online over ten years ago. They have a beautiful daughter who just turned five years old. She is learning to read and preparing for kindergarten in the fall. An author of more than 300 articles and 500+ web copy pieces, Heather has also written three books as a ghostwriter. Empty Canoe Publishing accepted a novel of her own. A former horse breeder, Heather used to get most of her exercise outside. In late 2004, early 2005 Heather started studying fitness full time in order to get herself back into shape. Heather worked with a personal trainer for six months and works out regularly. She enjoys shaking up her routine and checking out new exercises. Her current favorites are the treadmill (she walks up to 90 minutes daily) and doing yoga for stretching. She also performs strength training two to three times a week. Her goals include performing in a marathon such as the Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness or Team in Training for Lymphoma research. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience through the fitness and marriage blogs.