Lessons From Vacation

By July 24, 2009 14 Comments
My 2 brothers (Chris far left, Eric on my right) and my friend Ryan on my near right

My 2 brothers (Chris far left, Eric on my right) and my friend Ryan on my near left

As my week of vacation is winding down, I would like to share with you some of my experiences as well as lessons I have learned.

I have said this before, but I believe that the type of vacations you take and what you do on your vacations tells a lot about yourself and whether or not you are living in a lifestyle of health. When you go on vacation, most other distractions in life decrease, you don’t have to worry about your job, you don’t have to worry about cooking and cleaning, and you don’t have as many appointments and commitments.


What you do on vacation most of the time directly relates to who you are. The most fit people I know, plan their vacations around physically active activites. They go somewhere where they hike, where they swim, were they bike, where they can run on the beach, or they make sure where they are staying has a good fitness center nearby.

Here are some video clips from the week.  I didn’t take time to edit this, so it is raw.  The clip of my brother in the lake is only interesting when you realize that is glacier water that is just above freezing temperature!


I have been to Vancouver 15 straight years and have spent nearly 1 year of my life in Vancouver. I love coming up here because it gives me a chance to be active 24/7. All of my friends up here are in great shape (most in much better shape than myself), and we just live life and compete in as many things as possible.

Learning how to change a diaper!

Learning how to change a diaper!

To us it doesn’t seem like working out, it is just what we do and we enjoy doing it. When you enjoy doing something, you are much more likely to continue to do it.

My take home message to you is to ask yourself whether you workout more or less while on vacation. If your answer is less, I challenge you to look at your physical activity and ask yourself are you doing it because you feel it is necessary?  Or are you doing it because it is part of who you are as a person.  If it is who you are as a person, chances are you will live a healthy fit life, not just a healthy fit day, or week, but rather for your life!

Question:  What activities do you like to do when you are on vacation that are healthy and active?