Who doesn’t love to go on vacation? There is something about getting away from your normal surroundings that soothes the soul. Is it just me or when we go on vacation do we tend to leave our diets and exercise habits at home? This makes for a more stress free vacation, but we all know that feeling of seeing the scale jump up a few pounds after returning home. Here are 7 great tips to stay in shape while on your Sandbridge vacation!
It’s almost summer time and you know what that means… Sandbridge Beach day! Pack your bags, fill the cooler, and grab the family. We all love having fun on the beach under the warm rays of the sun. There is just something about spending time on the beach with the sound of the ocean rolling onto the shore that makes a summer day seem more enjoyable than anything else. If you’re anything like me, then you enjoy staying at the beach all day and making the most of it. But, what happens when people in your group start complaining that they want to leave because they are bored? Or maybe you are someone who wants to be able to stay at the beach all day, but you can never make it that far because you get bored. Well if either of those apply to you than here are my top 10 best beach activities.
There’s nothing better than when your beach vacation finally arrives. You’ve been waiting for sunny days laying on the beach. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the outcome of your beach vacation and it ends up raining. Don’t let a little rain ruin your trip to Sandbridge, embrace it! Sandbridge is located within Virginia Beach so there are plenty of things to do within a short drive. Here are our top 5 things to do when it rains in Sandbridge!
Vacation Budget Tips
- Check For Specials and Discounts
One of the best money saving tips we can give any vacationer is to check for specials. The best benefit to staying in Sandbridge as opposed to Virginia Beach is the seclusion. We all know the old saying “you get what you pay for” but in this case you can get the seclusion of Sandbridge for close to the same price as busy Virginia Beach. Our Specials page is constantly updated to reflect the most current discounts and specials.
- Make The Most of Your Rental
Your vacation rental should have everything you need to enjoy a budget-friendly vacation. All our properties include a full-sized kitchen and a grill. Since you will have a kitchen and grill you can save money by cooking rather than going out to eat. Most of our properties are equipped with some form of entertainment: pool table, foosball table, volleyball court, private pool, etc. Having this kind of entertainment is a fun, cheap way to enjoy your vacation while you’re not on the beach.
- Rent Beach Equipment
I know what you’re thinking, “why rent beach equipment when I’m trying to have a budget-friendly vacation?” Well the fact of the matter is you can rent kayaks, surfboards, boogie boards, and bicycles fairly cheap for the entire week.
Double Check Your Car
Few things are as scary as having car trouble when you’re on a road trip. Trying to fix mechanical problems on the side of a busy interstate or a deserted back road is enough to put a serious damper on your fun. Before you leave, check (or have a professional check) your brakes, oil, fluids and tires to be sure there aren’t any problems waiting to happen. A check up with a professional mechanic will be sure to ease road trip worries. It’s also a good idea to look into AAA if you don’t already happen. Even if your car checks out fine that doesn’t mean you can’t get a flat tire on the trip. You will thank yourself later when you don’t have to unpack the entire trunk to get to the spare tire and jack on the side of the road.
Don’t Let You Mail Pile Up
Burglars often check mailboxes in an effort to determine if a house is empty. Those with days’ worth of mail piled up give a clear signal that the homeowner is away. Before you leave, make arrangements with the post office to hold your mail or ask a neighbor to pick it up daily. This will also prevent scammers from going through your mail and gaining access to potential sensitive information.
Safeguard Your House
When you’re going on vacation, it is wise to safeguard your house before you leave. Unplug counter top appliances and television sets, so they don’t become victims of lightning while you’re gone. Turn off the water to your washing machine to prevent flooding and lock the gate to your pool (if you have one), so no animals or children are accidentally harmed. You may want to set your thermostat accordingly to the time of year you are leaving. It is recommended in the summer to keep your thermostat around 75 degrees and your heat at around 55 in the winter in order to maintain your home and keep the electricity bill down that week you will be away.
Make Arrangement for Your Pets
According to exercise physiologist and fitness consultant Elizabeth Quinn, “You start deconditioning (losing fitness) in about two weeks if you stop exercise altogether. Once lost, it takes nearly three times as long to recondition as it took to detrain.” Elizabeth’s best advice? “If you need to reduce your training time for a couple of weeks, don’t worry, you’ll get back to your current fitness level pretty quickly when your schedule returns to normal. Just don’t stop exercising altogether.”
According to Men’s Fitness, there are a few pros and cons to not exercising during a vacation. The biggest risk for men or women, however, isn’t losing muscle mass or gaining weight; it’s losing your drive and motivation.
Here are our favorite ways to keep your fitness mojo going while in Sandbridge Beach!
Walking is a peaceful non-strenuous exercise that nearly anyone can take part in. Walking may sound a little boring, but while you’re in Sandbridge you might as well take advantage of a nice sunrise walk across the beach. Not only is this a relaxing beautiful sight to see, the sand will add resistance and give you a nice workout as you stroll under the sun painted sky. If waking up early enough for the sunrise isn’t your thing than you can take a walk down the Virginia Beach board walk and visit shops along the way.
If walking isn’t an intense enough workout for you take it up a notch and run. As we mentioned earlier, if on the beach, the sand will add resistance and you will definitely feel the burn. Running on the beach will not only work your legs, it will work your glutes and core too. Cardio will burn off indulgent meals and keep you toned while you enjoy your vacation.
Whether you’re swimming laps in the pool or taking a relaxing swim in the ocean, the added resistance of the water will give you more of a workout than you think. Swimming engages nearly your whole body from your shoulders to your calves. WebMD.com confirms this in an interview with Tay Stratton, Head Swim Coach at the Little Rock Athletic Club. “Swimming recruits all the major muscle groups, including the shoulders, back, abdominals, legs, hips, and glutes. And because water affords 12 times the resistance as air in every direction, it really helps to build strength.”
If you hate to sweat then swimming may be the perfect cardio exercise for you! You will be sure to feel the burn after a bit and you won’t be sweating since you will be in the nice cool water.
The American Society of Golf Course Architects also has some great news to report. According to the article, “…golfers who walk and carry their own bag burn 721 calories, golfers using a pull cart burn 718 calories, golfers walking with a caddie burn 613 calories and golfers riding in a golf cart burn 411 calories on average.” You have over a dozen courses to choose from in the Sandbridge Beach area. Because this is a tourist region, pro shops are regularly looking to put together foursomes, so getting a tee time shouldn’t be a problem.
Surf, Canoe, or Kayak
Like swimming and golfing, surfing, canoeing and kayaking use resistance to build muscle. Paddling out past the break will leave your muscles burning, but that’s when the fun begins. After you get past the break you get to give your muscles a little break while you wait for the perfect wave. When the wave starts rolling in you will begin paddling again against the current, hop up, and ride the wave. Riding with wave will take a lot of core, leg and hip strength to stay balanced. When you canoe or kayak, your shoulders, upper back and mid-back are all engaged along with your core. Because the paddling motion moves you from side to side, the obliques get a particularly good workout. These three activities are sure to feel more like fun than an exercise, and who knows maybe you’ll find a new hobby while you’re at it.
Play on the Beach
A vigorous volleyball match engages every muscle in your body whether you’re playing with your kids or other adults. Throwing a ball or Frisbee can also burn a great deal of calories (especially if your children have no aim!). Running, jumping, and throwing means you
have to use everything from your fingers to your toes.
Who said working out had to be work? The goal for a vacation is to relax and destress, with these tips you will be able to fully enjoy your Sandbridge vacation without feeling like you’re exerting yourself by exercising. Let us know in the comments below if you have any tips we missed!
Did you know Sandbridge Beach can be just as enjoyable in the winter? Here are the best winter activities on the beach that prove it.
#1 Walks on the Beach With Your Loved Ones
Winter is without a doubt the most romantic time of the year. It includes spoiling your loved one with gifts at Christmas, sharing a New Year’s kiss, and spending Valentine’s Day head over heels for each other. Add a walk on the beach with your significant other and you have yourself the perfect winter. There’s something about the cold weather and the sound of the ocean that brings people closer together.
#2 Treasure Hunting
Treasure hunting is a beach activity favored by most beach goers. The winter is the perfect time of year to find rare sea glass, seashells, and buried treasure in Sandbridge. The beaches are fairly empty December through February so there’s not a lot of competition. You won’t have to worry about another hunter crowding you or constantly picking through the beach before you arrive. Have you ever thought to take a metal detector on the beach? You would be shocked by the valuable antiques you can find! Whether you’re alone looking for a peaceful activity to clear your mind or with the family looking for something fun and exciting to do, treasure hunting will be sure to do the trick.
If you are someone that loves the thrill of a new action sport or just someone that loves surfing already than winter is the perfect time to go surfing in Sandbridge. Although the East Coast gets good surf throughout the year, it goes without saying that fall and winter get the best waves. Spring and summer often have flat, weak, and sporadic waves. Fall and winter is when you’ll find the best waves on our coast. With all the nor’easters and hurricanes the surfing conditions are just right for those perfect spitting barrels. Surfing in the winter is very peaceful. You’ll have time to yourself on the water and you won’t have to fight large crowds to catch a wave you’ve been eyeing. Since there aren’t any large crowds winter is the perfect time to start learning how to surf.
If you decide to paddle out this winter just remember to grab your wetsuit! The water gets very cold, as low as 37 degrees. A 4/3 is recommended along with a hood, boots, and gloves.
#4 Relax At Your Vacation Rental
Since winter is the perfect time to cuddle up next to the fireplace with a cup of hot chocolate, wouldn’t a beautiful ocean view make these moments ten times better? The winter has amazing deals on vacation rentals. There are times where a property that costs $13,500 a week drops to as little as $3,000! When you stay in your ocean front rental the perfect day is created by breathtaking scenery combined with your activities with your loved ones. Play games with the family, watch movies, cook dinner, or enjoy the company of your loved ones with the blissful sound of the waves crashing onto the shore.
Next time you get the strange urge to go to Sandbridge Beach in the winter remember there are plenty of fun winter beach activities to keep your summer memories alive all year round.