Stay fit & healthy even when you are on a staycation in Manila —we show you how!

Staycations are the perfect way to have a mini-vacation without leaving the Philippines or even Metro Manila! It may be a staycation in Manila, but it is not a reason to ditch fitness and ignore your workout routine over the weekend.

As you are unwinding from the weekday stress, you may find it tempting to give yourself a break and turn it into a cheat day, or two. Personally, I do not do cheat days, but a cheat meal instead. This is because even one cheat day can make it difficult to return back to your regular health routine. Nowadays, many hotels in Manila understand that guests would like to keep to their fitness and health routine. So they offer many options for guests to do so during their staycation in Manila. Here are five ways they do so.

POOL

Due to the famous hot and sunny weather in Manila, you may find yourself soaking in the coolness of a pool on your staycation. The pools in most hotels may not be Olympic length, but some allow for short swims and definitely offer an amazing view. At Sofitel Philippine Plaza Hotel, the pool is surrounded by greenery, which invokes a sense of peace and relaxation. For a pool with a view head to the Azumi Boutique Hotel—its pool is one of the largest infinity lap pools in Manila with a 360-degree view of Madrigal Business Park.

GYM

Staying fit during your staycation in Manila is easy when most hotels have a gym with standard weights and cardio sections. Some also provide personal training sessions by qualified trainers. The Manila Marriott Hotel and The Manila Hotel have top of the line fitness equipment and extremely spacious gym space—this allows you to do your 60-minute cardio session without any interruptions.

FITNESS PROGRAMMES

If variety is what keeps you going, hotels in Manila also offer a range of other fitness programmes. These include aqua aerobics, Zumba, Pilates, and routes for jogging. Check each hotel’s website for more information.

YOGA

Yes, it is possible to keep up with your yoga practice, now that many hotels are offering yoga classes. EDSA Shangri-la Hotel’s Chi Spa offers a variety of yoga classes lead by teachers from Yoga Manila. If you already a seasoned yogi, you can try Mysore Ashtanga classes every weekday morning at 6:30 am. What a relaxing staycation, namaste!

FOOD

During your weekend staycation in Manila, the temptation to indulge in food is real—it is a holiday break, after all! However, you do not want to ruin your staycation with unhealthy food as it will leave you feeling bloated after. Do not worry! Many hotels in Manila have several food options that help you to easily stay on your clean eating plans. Think salads, fresh juices, smoothies, and multigrain sandwiches. Some places that have these healthier options for breakfast—and a buffet breakfast too!—are the Circles at Makati Shangri-la and Pan Pacific Hotel Adriatico Manila.

Although a staycation is a good way to have a mini break without breaking the bank, it is no excuse to skip your usual workout or eating habits.