What To Do When Your Workout Takes A Holiday

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Aug. 10, 2011
  • Updated Aug. 10, 2011 at 9:56 AM UTC
Skipping workouts while on vacation may not be that bad for you. Photo: Getty Images

One trainer recommends not stressing out about it.

Skipping workouts while on vacation may not be that bad for you. Photo: Getty Images

A recent poll by TripAdvisor has shown that out of over 1000 people surveyed, 52 percent state that they exercise when they are on vacation.

That’s the good news; the bad news is that 82 percent admit they overindulge on food while away from home.

How much will one week of doing nothing affect you? According to Mark Hendricks, the group fitness manager at an Equinox fitness center in New York, not much.

“A week’s vacation, which is generally what most people take, will make no difference in your cardiovascular fitness,” Hendricks claimed. “I don’t think it’s necessarily such a bad thing to take a week off and let your body recover from all the workouts.”

Hendricks also said that most people don’t gain that much weight in a week.

“And if you do gain a few, they will come off just as quickly when you get back on your routine,” he said.

The biggest challenge for some type-A people, according to Hendricks, is dealing with the guilt of not working out.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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