I get asked this frequently by clients who are about to embark on getaways ranging anywhere from 5 days to 5 weeks: should the regular workout routine be maintained so as not to become deconditioned?
I fully endorse physically active holidays, but I also laud the value of a break from regular patterns. The body responds to new stimuli more strongly than familiar ones. This is why a new workout routine often leaves one sore the next day, whereas doing the program you've done for a month already will not.
Not to mention, a vacation should be a vacation 😎
Most of the time I recommend that my clients engage in physical activity, but to try something fun and/or new, something that one couldn't do elsewhere. For example, on a trip to Rome*, climb the levels of the Coliseum and walk the uneven cobblestone and brick streets on foot. Your legs will be begging for a good night's sleep after some fresh, truly authentic pizza (which is nothing like Pizza Hut, let me tell you!). If your vacation includes a beach, try snorkelling, sea kayaking or wake boarding. If you are in an urban centre and like the social atmosphere of a gym, drop in on a class you've never tried (Crunch Fitness chain in the US has some interesting group fitness options).
If your vacation is a cycling tour of the French Riviera or a hike through the Grand Canyon, 'nuff said.
* Been there, done that, including the pizza! 🍕