Many focus on personal health on vacation

July 24, 2012 at 2:10 AM
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NEWTON, Mass., July 24 (UPI) -- Most people who try to eat healthy and exercise try to keep to their healthy regime even when on vacation, a U.S. survey indicates.

TripAdvisor, a travel Web site, surveyed more than 1,400 U.S. travelers and found 69 percent said healthy eating was important to them when traveling for leisure, while 53 percent always or often exercised when on the road.

The survey found the travelers' top physical activities on vacation were:

-- 87 percent said walking.

-- 46 percent said swimming.

-- 23 percent said using cardio machines.

-- 16 percent said biking.

The travelers' favored spots for vacation workouts included:

-- 52 percent said hotel gym.

-- 42 percent said the hotel pool.

-- 38 percent said beach.

-- 27 percent said the hotel room.

-- 9 percent exercised while on a flight.

Among those who said they exercised on vacation, 31 percent said their primary motivation was to maintain their fitness regimen, while a further 28 percent exercise in vacation to avoid gaining weight, while 14 percent said they wanted to capitalize on having more free time to work out.

"While most Americans will spend at least some of their vacation relaxing, many now balance their fun with fitness and a significant number of travelers also prioritize personal health on their trips," Brooke Ferencsik, director of communications at TripAdvisor, said in a statement.

No further survey details were provided.

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