As the time approaches though, many of us will suddenly realise that we are not quite where we want to be physically or mentally to be our best on those golden sands. So should we sit around and go to the beach unprepared? Feet Do Travel say NO! We are happy to give you some tips on how we prepare to the fullest for our future beach adventures.
Feet Do Travel share 3 ways to get yourself beach ready.
We realise that a lot of people are not huge fans of exercise. We all understand it’s necessary, and not just for physical health but for our mental health. It’s not easy getting into shape (and it shouldn’t be if you want results!) but, there are many ways you can get beach ready whilst having fun.
If you don’t want to go to the gym try calisthenics at home. Calisthenics are simply body weight exercises, nothing complicated about it, but it can be extremely effective. The beauty of this type of training is you don’t need any special equipment, which makes it cheap and super convenient for you to do it anywhere that suits your mood. Our favourite ‘mentor’ is Frank Medrano, whose guided training videos can be found on YouTube. He has a variety of 10 minute sessions, so you can choose a couple at a time, or do as much or as little as you are comfortable with, slowly building up.
If you have injuries or don’t want enjoy doing any too strenuous, yoga is perfect for you. Again, YouTube provides many different exercises that will suit your needs, from 20 minute sessions to an hour. You will also find specialised classes for weak hips, to strengthen knees, or to help with targeted problem areas of the body.
If you find group exercise inspiring and motivating, another favourite of ours is Les Mills Body Combat or Les Mills Body Pump. These 1 hour classes can be found at most larger gyms, but you can also workout at home with Les Mills On Demand. Again the results are fantastic, you will get yourself beach ready in no time with these high intensity workouts.
The most expensive option is to purchase your own home gym equipment, which many people have done in the past few years. While the initial outlay can see a lot, over time and with plenty of use it could be more than worthwhile. There are so many equipment options available, and for some items like squat racks you need to choose carefully. Our advice would be to pick equipment based on your training preference, and the goals you have in mind.
There is nothing worse than arriving at your dream destination, only to find that your camera battery no longer charges, or your eReader no longer works. We all rely on technology so much these days, and they are becoming essential to our vacation enjoyment.
Our advice is to check your travel tech before you leave the home, and invest in the latest technology to make sure you can record those memories in the best way possible.
We are scuba divers, so having a reliable and easy to use underwater camera is a must. We highly recommend the Olympus TG5 and TG6, because they can be used on land as well as underwater. They are waterproof to 15 meters (40 meters with underwater housing), and as part of the Olympus ‘Tough’ range, they are drop resistant from around 2 meters, as well as being sand/dirt resistant.
Drones are becoming ever more popular and affordable, offer a unique perspective for your holiday snaps, but are also immensely fun! Maybe it is time to treat yourself and your family to one of these flying wonders?
Although some people still prefer to read traditional books, I am a big fan of eReaders. Being able to bring an entire book collection on my travels is the main attraction, so I can choose my reading material based on my mood and location. I highly recommend Kobo or Nook eReaders because they offer the most flexibility with regard to reading format, plus they have fantastic paper-like screens which can be read in all lighting conditions. They both allow PDF, ePub and other eBook formats offering a wide range of reading choices.
We know that the latest tech can be expensive, but there are plenty of options with regard to financing options. Jack Harrison Air offer help and advice on tech financing so everyone can benefit from having the latest equipment for their dream vacation.
Most people are now environmentally aware, with more people choosing eco-friendly travel, There are some very simple and useful tips to travel plastic free, and keep paradise clean.
Travelling responsibly can be challenging, but there are organisations and hotels which can help you. Choose to stay in eco-friendly establishments like Moalboal Eco Lodge in Cebu, Philippines for example who offer environmentally friendly accommodation, but also sell environmentally friendly products to help reduce your travel impact.
Here is a list of things you can prepare to help you protect the environment at the beach:
- Reef Safe Sun Cream
- Refillable water bottles
- Reusable tote bag instead of plastic (say no to plastic)
- Portable Ash Tray (if you are a smoker)
- Bamboo or metal straws
- Reusable cutlery
By having the above products available to you for your beach trip, you will be surprised how much plastic waste you can reduce, and how little impact you will have on your environment. It is everyone’s responsibility to do their bit. If everyone implements these small changes, together we can make a big difference.
Hopefully you now feel energised and ready to attack the beach. So go on, treat yourself to some time in a sandy paradise on your next vacation.