Dhani Jones’ Advice For An Active Vacation

Stay fit outside the gym.

When you leave your house to start a much-needed vacation, it’s time to say a temporary (and often welcome) farewell to your daily routine. But you don’t have to totally slack on your fitness regime.  Instead, turn your trip into the chance to indulge in your hobbies and take advantage of a new set of surroundings – and that means staying active without having to grind away at the gym.

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Dhani Jones, former professional football player and Sports and Fitness Advisor to Royal Caribbean’s Quantum class of ships, has traveled the world for his Travel Channel show, “Dhani Tackles the Globe.” On his trips, he has discovered ways to enjoy exercise in environments where there are no weight machines or treadmills in sight.

“The most important thing on vacation is to look at your surroundings and see what is naturally convenient to you,” he said. “One time I was at a hotel that was nestled between two mountaintops, and I decided to test myself. Which one could I scale the fastest? Instead of making it difficult to go work out, I made it fun and was able to put myself through my own personal competition.”

If you are spending a lot of time indoors on your trip, your hotel room or stateroom can be a workout space. According to Dhani, one of the best workouts you can do is a wall-sit, a quad exercise where you lean your back against the wall and bend your knees until your thighs are parallel to the floor.  You can add weight to this activity by picking up a chair while doing it. He also suggests push-ups, sit-ups and jumps. “You may not have a jump rope, but that doesn’t mean you can’t jump,” he said. “In staterooms, do as many ceiling touches as possible.”

When Quantum of the Seas launches in November 2014, you can add thrilling experiences to your workout mix, including Royal Caribbean’s signature innovations such as the rock-climbing wall, the FlowRider surf simulator and RipCord by iFly, the first skydiving experience at sea, which is making its debut on Quantum.  There will also be exclusive programming options influenced by Dhani himself in the ship’s SeaPlex, the largest sports and entertainment complex at sea, as well as the adjacent Sports Deck.

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While staying active in whatever way you choose, you’re going to have to resist the temptation to indulge in any and all cuisines offered up on your trip.  Overindulgence can be avoided if you employ portion control while you enjoy a tasty departure from your everyday meals. “Instead of consuming every single dish, just try one bite of each dish. It’s about moderation,” Dhani said.

And why not get a quick calorie burn in before sitting down to an indulgent dinner? “If you are wearing your high heels, take them off and take a sprint down the hallway,” Dhani said.  “Find ways to incorporate high-level activity into your everyday environment.”

When you return home, you’ll still be fit enough to feel like you never even skipped a day at the gym.

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