If losing weight is one of your goals for your summer vacation this year, you could certainly accomplish that at the gym — but why? Don’t you think you’d have better success if you could get outside, have an outdoor adventure, and actually enjoy every minute of your workouts?
If you want to get outside and get fit, Santa Barbara isn’t the only place to accomplish this, but it is one of the best places we can think of to get started. Santa Barbara is one of the hottest fitness vacation destinations, with good reason; here you’ll discover beautiful beaches, glorious hiking and unlimited opportunities for adventure.
Here are our picks for 5 fantastic ways to begin your journey to a jaw-dropping hot body this summer:
Kayaking is one of the most interesting things you could be doing on your beach vacation. It’s a sport that offers outstanding visual stimulation, plus a physical challenge. You’ll tone up your arms, and you’ll probably find a few muscles you never knew you had in your back and shoulders. Kayaking can also be a great heart workout as well.
When you get out on the water in your kayak, there are plenty of distractions from the actual workout. It’s fun to gaze at the sea lions, dolphins, fish, rays, kelp and other marine life in the surrounding waters. If you find people-watching enjoyable, there’s ample opportunity for that as well; you can choose to cruise past the areas popular with paddleboarders and surfers if you like.
Of course, kayaking isn’t your only option for this. Any sport that involves paddling or rowing is a good choice. You could also join an outrigger team, or take up canoeing.
Swimming works almost every muscle in your body. For an extra challenge, try ocean swimming.
Get out on the trails and go! If you aren’t sure whether this sport would be for you, we recommend renting the gear when you get to SB. If you’re pretty sure you want to commit to it for the long haul, you could gear up first and get your bike all set up, then bring it with you. Check out bikeoptions.com and xc-mountainbike.com for current news about the best deals on bikes and cycling gear.
Hiking works out your heart and your legs, and it can also be a great way to get inspired.
Supplement Your Workouts at the Gym
Of course, there’s always the gym to fall back on if you can’t sustain a workout regiment at the beach for the long-term. In my experience, even the people who live reasonably close to the beach sometimes struggle with that. You’ll find plenty of gyms to visit in Santa Barbara if you do decide to go that route.
Best wishes for an amazing summer vacation, and we hope you’ll accomplish all your fitness goals this summer.