Vacation & Physical Therapy: Where there’s a will, there’s a way!

Vacations are intended for relaxation.  While that’s typically really good for mental & emotional recuperation, vacations can wreak havoc on your physical health goals.  At least, if you don’t plan ahead.  We recently took a vacation & despite planning ahead, I still found myself having to improvise in order to stick with my physical therapy routine.  The experience did teach me a valuable lesson though:  if it’s important enough, you can make it happen.

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When things don’t go according to plan

I planned ahead!  I did!  I knew that the hotel we were staying at had a gym.  I also planned ahead & brought my laptop so I had my workouts with me.  I even talked with my physical therapist about what I should & shouldn’t do on vacation.  And then we showed up to the hotel.  All I needed was a yoga mat.  But they didn’t have one.  They had a gym full of equipment but no mat.  We even asked the concierge where we might be able to buy one so I could continue doing PiYo & stick with my physical therapy.  We quickly learned that our options were:  a 2.5 hour trip back to the WalMart near the airport with no guarantee they’d have anything, or paying $100 for a yoga mat at Lululemon.  And then my husband had a brain child.  He suggested that we check on Amazon & see how quickly we could have one shipped.  As it turned out, we could get a yoga mat and 1-day shipping for $30.  So we decided to go on a walk for my workout that day & I did my PT stretches after we got back and then the next day my yoga mat showed up!

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So even though my husband didn’t need to do yoga, because he cared about me & we were on the same page in terms of my needs & my goals, he had a great idea so I could avoid being in pain & still get in a workout each day.  So our typical day on vacation involved breakfast, followed by making a reservation for dinner for the next day and then my workout in the living room while my husband read on the balcony.

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Vacation taught you something?

Yes!  Surprisingly.  Looking back on this recent vacation compared to our other vacations, I was determined to get my workout in.  But, I also made adjustments (going on a walk instead of yoga on a few days).  In the past I would have just said “oh, well, I guess I can’t make it work” or I would have totally freaked out about it and the situation would have put a very big damper on our vacation.  Instead, I learned two things:

  1. Being on the same page vs. doing the same things:  this one I already posted about, but part of the idea behind that post came from the fact that my husband made a huge difference in the quality of my physical wellbeing both on vacation and even now that we’re back because we had a conversation about my goals
  2. If you care enough about it, you’ll figure out a way:  this vacation made me realize that I really cared about feeling ok, not being in pain when I woke up, and sticking with my physical therapy so that I could feel ok

Normally I wouldn’t be looking to learn things on vacation and yet when I had the opportunity to relax, had the support of my husband and focused on my needs & goals, I still managed to walk away from vacation having learned a valuable lesson.

How about your recent vacation?

Did you learn anything on any of your recent time off?  Often time away from work & the day-to-day routine allows for new ideas & new perspectives.  I’d love to hear any new realizations about your routines, your goals, and hurdles you’ve been able to overcome thanks to some time away.

 

Wishing you an All+SUM LIFE,
Sarah

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