Whether you are hitting the beach or exploring a new city, don\u2019t let travel\u00a0send your workout routine on vacation.\nThe fitness experts at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex have a few tips on how you can stay active when you\u2019re on the road.\nWorking Out on Vacation: Simple Ways to Stay Fit\nRunning barefoot on the beach\nThis is one of the best exercises for the foot and ankle because it allows them to move. Running on the sand also leads to little impact on the knees and the consistent resistance of the sand can help burn more calories.\nSwimming\nSwimming laps in the ocean or pool for an hour can burn up to\u00a0550 calories.\nSurfing\nIf surfing is an option, and you\u2019re up for it, it can be a great workout. Surfing works your arms, legs, and core, and helps you practice balance.\nVolleyball, flying disc, paddle ball, and building sandcastles\nThese are great activities to get you moving with friends and family. You can even use buckets of sand like dumbbells. The weight of the buckets can be adjusted (water, wet sand, dry sand) for different workouts, making this a simple way to get in some strength training.\nShelling (or picking up seashells)\nMake it more challenging and do a squat or lunge every time you pick up a shell. You can even make it a competition with your family and friends.\nWalk for transportation\nThe average length of a city block differs in each city, but walking to your destinations is a great way to learn more about your new surroundings and stay active.\n\u00a0\n\nMany cities also have a variety of walking tours that can keep you on your feet while\u00a0learning.\nCurious how far these walks take you? You can find an online conversion calculator to determine how many city blocks equal one mile, but here are a few popular cities:\n\n\u00a0\n\nChicago: eight city blocks = one mile\nPhiladelphia: 13 city blocks = one mile\nNew York City: 20 city blocks = one mile (traveling North to South)\nNew York City: seven avenues = one mile\nDenver: 16 city blocks\u00a0 = one mile (traveling East to West)\nDenver: eight city blocks = one mile (traveling North to South)\n\nRent bikes\nMany cities have designated bike paths or lanes to ensure safer travel by bike. You can rent bikes and spend the day pedaling around taking in the sights.\nHike the landmarks\nTake advantage of the rich history many cities have to offer. \u00a0Try to find the city\u2019s oldest buildings and snap a pic in front of them. Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge or Golden Gate Bridge. Run up the steps to the Philadelphia Museum of Art like Rocky.\nGet involved in the local cultural scene\nThis can be especially great if you are visiting a city with a different cultural influence than your own. Look up some local dance clubs, find out where lessons are happening, and sign up. Learn how to dance the flamenco in Spain, do the jig in Dublin, or square dance down South.\nTips for Working out While Traveling\nDo your homework \u2014 look into whether where you\u2019re staying has a gym or fitness center, or where the closest jogging trail can be found.\nPack the right stuff \u2014 pack little things that can help make your workouts easier to do, like your yoga mat or a resistance band, and definitely workout clothes and proper shoes. Seeing these items in your suitcase may\u00a0encourage you to be active.\u2019\nPlan an active rest stop \u2014 if you are spending long hours in the car, plan to take one of your rest stops near a park or other scenic area. Then, you can get out, stretch your legs, and even take a quick walk or jog.\nFor more information about sports medicine and general fitness, please visit UPMC Sports Medicine. You can make an appointment with one of our sports medicine and performance experts at either of our world-class locations \u2014 the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex and the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex, by calling 1-855-93-SPORT (77678).