Yes you can exercise on vacation! Plan a Virtual 5k.
Weekend days are often packed to the brim with kids sports events and activities. The rare weekend with nothing planned is often so precious that we hesitate to sign up for weekend races at times. We don’t want to commit to anything that far in advance. Plug for Virtual Racing here: Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to complete a race on your own schedule instead? With virtual racing, families can create their own Virtual 5k events that they can do together at a time that works best for them. Think: after dinner on a week night, or even on vacation (!)
Planning a virtual 5k for your family vacation can be an inexpensive and healthy way to make family memories. But, don’t be surprised if everyone is not excited about the idea at first. “Vacations are for relaxing” is a common objection to exercise during a trip. However, with a little planning, hopefully everyone will get on board.
Before your trip:
1- Make sure that everyone going on your trip is aware that there is a group exercise activity planned. You’ll want to make sure that everyone has sneakers and weather-appropriate clothing to exercise in.
2- Do some research about the area you’ll be traveling to and select a couple of potential race sites (the beach, a park with a wide path, etc). Create some hype before the vacation by dividing the groups into teams, ordering T shirts and having them personalized, creating a race route map, etc. Order enough medals so that everyone who participates will receive one.
When you arrive:
3- Set a race date and time as soon as everyone arrives at your vacation spot. You may decide to hold the race at the end of your trip so family members can “train” for the Virtual Race before the event. Keep up the smack talking and throw a couple of wagers in for good measure- Losing team has to cook for everyone Friday night, etc.
4- Find a fun way to start the race. (Kids countdown?) Have everyone time themselves on the honor system and just have fun!
5- Don’t forget a group photo before and/or after the event, and try to capture any other fun moments along the way. Virtual Racing will be one of the highlights of your family’s vacation, guaranteed!
Families: Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for discounted group rates. Visit us at www.electronicrunning.com to join a race.