Sunrise over Bryce Canyon National Park - Tropic, UT

Sunrise over Bryce Canyon National Park – Tropic, UT

In a world where comments sections are bursting at the seams with people who spend all their time disagreeing with each other just for fun, I think that there’s still one thing out there that everybody likes: VACATION.

The beloved lazy beach vacation is always a popular choice, but the world is full of places that your fitness can take you. Functionally. I just ran lululemon’s Seawheeze Half Marathon this past weekend in Vancouver, followed by a trip to Bryce Canyon & Capitol Reef National Parks on the way home.

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IMG_8183On race day, I clocked the highest step count in the 6 years I’ve been faithfully wearing my fitbit: 42,015. On VACATION. Spending a day at Disney World is easily a 20k-step walk in the park. I’d hiked down to the bottom and back up to the top of Bryce Canyon by 10a on Monday morning, and was passing people left and right on the way back up who needed to stop for water breaks.

When you go on vacation, you don’t need to leave your fitness at home. If anything, it helps you fit more into a short timeline, because no matter if you’re running 13 miles or making good time up the switchbacks of a slot canyon, a healthy lifestyle has conditioned you to recover faster and handle more action on the go than others.

So next time you’re planning a trip, don’t just run for the beach. Run a race, hike through a national park. You’ll see new sights, maintain your fitness and feel a lot less guilty about that fruity pink drink with dinner.

Happy trails!