I’m going on a month-long vacation this summer, and I’m afraid I’m going to lose my technique. How can I stay in shape if I’m not taking class? —Clara, WI
A month is a long time to go without taking class—I usually give myself a week or two after a heavy season to rest my body and heal any minor injuries. But one year I took a fabulous month-long trip to Europe and, I admit, never even thought about dancing! Coming back was tough—I was incredibly stiff and my core was mush. But if you remember to stretch and stay active every few days, you’ll have an easier time than I did.
Many hotels and resorts have exercise facilities where you can make use of the elliptical machine, stationary bike and free weights. Or you can take advantage of your surroundings—hiking trips, walks on the beach, bike rides and canoeing are some activities that will keep you moving. Personally, I love to swim, and sometimes I’ll give myself barre in the pool. And Pilates, yoga, Thera-Band exercises and stretches can be done from the comfort of your hotel room. It may be helpful to set aside a special time of the day to exercise, like in the morning before you head out to sightsee.
It’s great that you want to stay in shape while you’re away from home. But sometimes it’s good to give your body a break. Remember to relax and have fun, too—you’re on vacation, after all!