I am not a giant believer in proscribing myself from consuming or doing what I would like whereas I am on trip. That is as a result of I’ve personally discovered that nothing can damage an excellent time fairly like panicking over caloric consumption or forcing myself to work out in a bizarre, unhappy resort fitness center once I’d slightly be out exploring.
So once I’m on trip, I am actually on trip. I absolutely bask in the most effective meals my vacation spot has to supply with zero guilt, committing to taking in new experiences as an alternative of burning off each calorie.
So once I received the possibility to hit up Lollapalooza this Summer time, I used to be already mentally ready to realize just a few kilos throughout my weekend within the Windy Metropolis. There was deep dish pizza and Chicago’s native Goose Island beer to be consumed, and I wasn’t about to overlook out on any of that within the identify of weight reduction. (Photographic proof of me sticking to my trip habits throughout this journey under.)
As deliberate, I used to be a complete glutton throughout my weekend at Lollapalooza. I ate and drank just about no matter I wished and had an superior time doing it. However to my shock, I did not come house 5 kilos heavier. As an alternative, this indulgent trip — ice cream cones, beer, and all — turned out to be one of the crucial energetic, calorie-burning journeys I’ve needed to date.
And it is all as a result of I walked all over the place — critically, that is it! Whereas I suspected that strolling the size of lovely Grant Park a number of instances every day to get from live performance to live performance was racking up my step depend, I wasn’t certain till I made a decision to randomly inspect stats on the airport.
Apparently I clocked in additional than 38,000 steps over the course of simply two days. In keeping with my iPhone’s Well being app knowledge, I walked 17,436 steps on my first day on the fest (or eight miles) and a whopping 20,430 steps (9.four miles) on my second day at Lollapalooza, for a complete of virtually 18 miles mixed. To place these numbers into perspective, I stroll all the best way house from work day by day — 1.7 miles — and make a concerted effort to journey wherever I can on foot in my day by day life and nonetheless solely often land within the eight,000-ish steps zone.
What excites me essentially the most about hitting such a excessive step depend on trip was that it did not occur as a result of I used to be consciously attempting to remain energetic. These steps had been the results of absolutely embracing the Lollapalooza expertise and making it to as many exhibits as potential. (And yeah, burning round 1,900 energy with out making any additional effort to squeeze in exercises or minimize down on my calorie consumption is fairly strong, should you ask me.)
Shifting ahead, I’ll use this energetic weekend journey as proof of two issues: I haven’t got to drive myself onto a resort elliptical to remain energetic whereas on the highway, and I most likely deserve extra trip ice cream cones than I feel.