EVERYDAY FITNESS: HOW TO SNEAK IN A WORKOUT ON OAHU
How you can sneak exercise into your Hawaiian Holiday without even feeling like you’re working out.
TEXT BY JESSICA BLACKMUN // IMAGES BY JACKSON GROVES & JORDEN TUALLY
Working out while we’re on vacation is an intention that many of us have, but not so many of us actually follow through on. It is far too easy to get distracted from our routine and lose motivation. And while many hotels have a gym or workout room, most of us don’t want to waste any of our time inside when we could be outside exploring and seeing more of the island! So here are a few ways to achieve everyday fitness and make staying in shape easier while you visit Oahu.
Planning hikes into your stay is a great way to see more of the island from different viewpoints while also getting in some cardio. Oahu has well over a hundred hikes and many of them are less than 4 miles, making them easy to fit into your day. A simple hike close to Honolulu, which isn’t too steep is the Judd Memorial Trail. Oahu has many more kinds of scenery than you would expect. There are hikes that take you to breathtaking views or amazing waterfalls. Be sure to take a water bottle and hat as the weather can add to the challenge of the hike. Definitely wear walking shoes to minimize injury or blisters too. One of my favorite hikes that is sure to give you a good workout is Koko Head!
Snorkeling is another great way to see more of what Oahu has to offer while maintaining everyday fitness and burning lots of calories. Swimming burns hundreds of calories per hour. While you’re looking at all the brightly colored fish and huge sea turtles, the time flies by faster than you’d think! Investing in snorkel gear on the island is easily accessible at local shops such as the ABC Store which there are 37 locations in Waikiki alone. Once you’ve seen the marine life Hawaii has to offer, you will definitely want to go again.
RUNNING OR WALKING
Running is a pretty obvious way of getting your dose of everyday fitness out while on vacation. Sometimes in a new place it can be challenging to find a good place to run. I recommend planning your run for sunrise or sunset as it is less crowded and you can avoid the sometimes harsh heat and rays. Some of my favorite places near Waikiki are running around the Ala Wai, running along Diamond Head beach, and running around the Kapionlani Regional Park.
You could also just put on your shoes and go! Going for a run or walk in a new place is a great way to find your bearings on your new surroundings and discover places that are off the beaten path and may not be in the travel guidebooks.
Even just choosing to walk instead of ride can help you to sneak in a little cardio between the different things you’ve got planned for your time in paradise.
Outdoor gyms are becoming more and more popular. We love the outdoor gym and frequent it often. Oahu is great about building lots of outdoor gyms. There are four within a few miles of Waikiki. Cardio is easy to fit into your vacation by just choosing to walk instead of ride, but body weight exercises help to rev your metabolism and keep you strong.
GROUP WORKOUT CLASSES
The warm weather and beautiful beaches and parks here on Oahu are also great for working out at. There are many different sunset and sunrise yoga, bootcamp, and pilates classes that take place right on the beach or beachside parks near Waikiki and Ala Moana (all searchable through Google). There is even Stand Up Paddleboard yoga classes if you want to get into the water and try something new!
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