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Jog and Smell the Roses

November 3, 2009

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A vacation is supposed to be about over self-indulgence.  Elaborate meals and extravagant entertainment take precedent over your daily responsibilities and commitments… and rightfully so.  Slaving away at work, picking up the kids, managing your bills or whatever fuels your usual migraine should not be packed in your luggage; however, I encourage you to keep one obligation in tact.  Whether you’re a fitness guru or professional ass rester, find time in your vacationing to break a sweat and work out.

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Many hotel "gyms" are horrendous

For exercise enthusiasts, most hotel gyms are a sad, pitiful sight.  You’ll have hit the jackpot if you find more than a treadmill, stationary bike and bench press, so ditch the hotel and head outside.  My recommendation?  Take a jog.  Start your day off by waking up half an hour before everyone else, putting on the small pair of running shoes and workout outfit you packed and hit the streets.  Exercising in the morning will make it so your workout doesn’t interfere with the limited time you have at your destination, not to mention early morning exercise helps you enjoy the rest of your day in more ways than one.  And in the spirit of traveling, why jog a few miles listening to the monotone hum of a treadmill and staring at a wall when you can go see a few miles of your host city?  Maybe you’ll discover a quaint, tucked away place to grab lunch that day or a small park filled with locals to spend your afternoon.  Whether you exercise regularly or not, look at your morning run as another unique activity on your trip.

women-running-beach-sunriseFor example, if your vacationing in Hawaii, how often can you jog on the beach at sunrise?  Or if you’re in a city like New York, when else could you run across the Brooklyn Bridge?  Not only may you find new, interesting places to explore that aren’t listed in your recently purchased travel guide but you may have an impressionable experience that you’ll always remember, as was the case with my brother in Paris…

“As I jogged through the park across the street from the Eiffel Tower, a blind man had just entered the crosswalk with his walking stick extended when a massive city bus came barreling around the corner. All of a sudden everything went into slow motion, and I could see the inevitable collision a little too clear. So without hesitation, I instinctively grabbed him around the chest, yanked him back closer to the sidewalk and safety. At first his brittle bones and elder brain must have been shocked by the quick surprising force. However as the especially loud, familiar sound of a full size bus passed from left to right, he obviously realized what had almost happened as he repeatedly said ‘Merci, merci.’ I wasn’t sure how to respond, only with… “I speak english” and “follow me” as I guided him safely across the crosswalk.”

That’s one hell of a story that I could only imagine was heart pounding at the time to say the least, but fortunately it had a good ending that my brother can always associate with Paris for the rest of his life.  And that’s the point of traveling, right?  It’s more than just seeing landmarks and taking pictures – it’s about having experiences and making memories.  So get up on your feet, go for a jog and see what you may run into…

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. November 5, 2009 12:56 AM

    I agree with you: mixing in a little exercise with a little sightseeing/reconnaissance is a great idea to both get a little workout in and know the city you’re in.
    When I first moved to New Jersey, I used to run around the neighborhood. By doing that, I discovered a bunch of little stores and restaurants that I would’ve never known about had I not jogged and smelled the roses.

    • darrenbrazil permalink*
      November 5, 2009 1:51 AM

      there are roses in jersey?!?!

  2. November 5, 2009 1:17 PM

    haha…it is called the Garden State…

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