There is more than a touch of cruel irony to the fact that the timing of the New Year’s resolution comes after the excess of back to back food based holidays and right before the high winter vacation season. One the one hand you would think that taking off for a vacation skiing, snowboarding or snowshoeing would help you keep your fitness resolutions, the opposite can happen. You are on vacation and in a resort town so there is more temptation that the day’s physical exercise can’t keep up. One of the reasons that choosing a New Hampshire winter outdoor sport vacation can help you keep your fitness resolutions is New Hampshire is home to many competitions and training facilities for world class athletes. While this means you can plunge down the same Olympic Alpine course on Cannon Mountain that the Olympic team trains on, it also means that their fitness centers are going to be available for use too. The resort towns are also changing to recognize that healthy eating and wellness are becoming more of a focus with vacationers.
Finding the fitness centers
If you are not staying in a resort lodging that has its own private fitness center, you want to tap into some of the local businesses that serve winter outdoor sports and find out what centers are available in town. Some of the outdoor sports like snowshoeing or ice fishing don’t provide you with a balanced level of exertion so making sure that you keep working your upper body will keep you in balance. Even if you are doing more full body activities, such as cross country skiing, it can pay to keep up with your cardio off the trail as well. There is another reason besides muscular fitness for this as well. New Hampshire is home to most of the White Mountains and 48 of its peaks exceed 4,000 feet in elevation. Higher elevation means less oxygen in the air and if your body is not used to it, you won’t have the stamina to stay out all day and enjoy your sport. By immediately working your lung capacity you will adjust to the altitude faster and get the most out of your vacation.
Finding the hot springs
You can’t really have mountains and valleys without the occasional hot spring happening. If you are looking for a great way to ease your muscles and take a break from the slope, check out one of the natural hot springs in New Hampshire. These are mineral hot springs which help to relax muscles and can also aid in easing your breathing adjustment to the higher altitude as well. Many of the towns and lodging will also have saunas and hot tubs which is a part of the whole outdoor winter experience. Taking a hot tub after being out all day can help you retain your flexibility and prevent muscle soreness as well.
Learning to take a break
Whatever your chosen outdoor activity, you should make sure that you pay attention to how you pace yourself while on your vacation. Too much of a good thing can make a vacation less enjoyable than it could be. There are a lot of events and attractions in New Hampshire to take in to give your body a day’s rest. If you don’t want to stray too far from the outdoor sport of your choice, make sure to check the area calendars for any competitions or demonstrations that will be occurring. There are associations for everything from Biathlon athletes to snowmobilers that sponsor events throughout the season that can expose you to new aspects of your choice of spot.
Keeping it simple
The best way not to get off track with your New Year’s fitness resolutions while away on an outdoor winter sport vacation in New Hampshire is to also try to keep a part of your home routine going. Keep it simple, if you committed to walking for half an hour a day at lunch during your workweek, keep that habit while on vacation. Make your walk a walk through town to window shop or just explore. If you want to hit the gym a certain amount, get a guest pass and do it while away. The less you disrupt your new routine, the more you will keep the benefits of your sudden splurge in outdoor fitness activities as well.