Working Out without the Gym

V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N!! Who doesn't love that word?! It definitely ranks top 5 in my vocabulary. I also love any vacations or get-aways to the beach. Seeing how I am a beach bum, I live in my bikinis and denim cut-offs all summer long. But, knowing that I will be in skimpy bathing suits, also means I can't inhale a pint (or gallon) of Ben and Jerry's ice cream when I've had a bad day. I know that I need to eat healthy and work out so I don't feel like Shamu washed up on the shore.

But, that doesn't mean I don't indulge. Trust me, I WILL eat that chocolate cake pop from Starbucks. I WILL have some delicious ice cream. Ohh and I'll definitely have those scrumptious looking chocolate chip cookies straight out of the oven. Yeah, I'll definitely have those.

I just know that I need to balance my diet and my work out regime.

Going on vacation doesn't always mean there is a gym nearby. Many hotels have them, however, my beach house sadly doesn't have a squat rack or cable machines in the garage. There are gyms on the island, but I refuse to spend hundreds of dollars to lift weights when I have my "peak membership" with access to everything for the grand price of $19.99/month, 5 minutes from my apartment. (I'd rather spend that money on clothes or bikinis...duh). However, I do bring light weights and resistance bands with me when I travel. I am able to do HIIT workouts with weights or just my body weight and I know plenty of amazing exercises that I can perform in the house, in the garage, and the beach!

Think of sand as your best friend and worst enemy. It creates a resistance, so digging into it while running is a great workout in itself. Whether you run down by the water or on the softer sand, they will both leave you dripping with sweat and legs burning.

Squats, squat jumps, lunges, lunges with a step-up, push-ups, sit-ups, and swimming are all intense, especially when you're doing it in the sun.

Knowing that I can workout and get a tan at the same time is my favorite way to workout, especially when I have the beach to myself and can embrace the calmness as well as enjoy the beautiful view of the sun rising over the ocean. (When I can jack my ass out of bed that early). Otherwise, I   take in the peacefulness and tranquility of the water and beach as I workout before people start claiming their territory and water front locations.

Getting your workout in early is even better so you can check out the men in red for the rest of the day...

...and since I've already done my squats and planks know where I'll be.