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Fitness shouldn’t take a vacation because you do

Rhonda Beckham

You’ve been working hard all spring to get in beach-body shape for your much-deserved summer vacation. Most vacations involve overindulging in food and drink without much physical activity. Quickly, all your hard-earned muscle tone disappears. Wouldn’t it be great to return home and still be able to wear that new swimsuit?

Just find a good gym where you can work out 45 to 60 minutes a day. This will help you avoid gaining back those 10 pounds you worked so hard to lose. It will also help to maintain your energy level. It’s not uncommon to start feeling sluggish three or four days into a trip because your activity level has decreased and food intake has increased – and it’s often not the fruits and veggies you’d normally have picked up at the local farmers market.

With a fun-filled vacation schedule, it’s a challenge to maintain a fitness routine on the road. It’s easy to push your workout aside, especially if your travel companions aren’t active types and don’t understand your decision to blow off late-night restaurant dinners/cocktails for a productive trip to a gym. Moreover, it can be tough to find a place to work out, especially if your hotel’s gym has nothing more than a broken stationary bike and an old Universal machine.

First, call local gyms to find out what the walk-in rate is, if they have multi-visit discounts and what other amenities they offer like spa, sauna or tanning. Sierra Athletic Club offers a punch card of five, 10 and 20 workouts that can be shared with travel buddies and is good for one year.

Of course, if you are staying someplace that has a concierge, have them do the calling while you are out playing.

Make sure the out-of-town staff shows you around on your first visit because there is nothing worse than going to a new gym and wasting your valuable vacation time wandering around for a specific machine.

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Consider hiring a personal trainer for one or two sessions as part of your vacation experience. Most will custom design a program for you and you can take it home as a working souvenir.

When calling around, ask about group fitness classes, too. I make it a point to try a new type of class whenever I go away as part of my vacation experience. I don’t feel as self-conscious learning an aerobic activity with people I’ll probably never see again.

Or do something different. I’ve teamed with the folks at Lakeshore Lodge & Spa to offer Pilates on the Beach this summer. It’s those types of things that will be offered on your excursions out of town that will keep fitness fun.

Next week’s column will focus on travel workouts outside of the gym. Go to a local retailer to purchase a light- to medium-resistance band for between $4 and $8 so you’ll be ready to travel and workout.

– Rhonda Beckham is a nationally certified personal trainer, with teaching certificates in Pilates and kickboxing. Beckham is owner of Help Me Rhonda and Perfect Pilates, a Pilates instructor at Lake Tahoe Community College and Sierra Athletic Club, as well as a personal trainer operating out of Sierra Athletic Club and the Tahoe Keys Marina Fitness Studio. She may be reached at (530) 208-6369, and

Workout spots

Looking for a gym or have guests who need one? Call the folks below to check on their drop-in rates.

Kahle Community Center (775) 586-7271

Horizon Casino Resort (775) 588-6211

MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa (775) 586-2044

Harrah’s-Harveys (775) 588-6611

Push Fitness (530) 544-9111

Sierra Athletic Club (530) 542-4426