|Posted on August 31, 2018 at 10:05 AM|
Working Out While Away From Home
I have had some of the best workouts of my life while on vacation.
I know, that sounds EXACTLY like the kind of annoying thing a personal trainer would say.
But there is something about the change of scenery, the open air and the lack of responsibility that really allows me to enjoy my fitness endeavors while away from home.
Last summer on a trip to Missouri we spent an entire rainy day in a rock climbing/ropes course gym. I used muscles I never get a chance to focus on at home and was so sore the next day…in a good way… I couldn't believe it!
Another day on that same trip we found a calm, wide spot in a river. We spent the entire day swimming back and forth across the water and climbing up rocks on the far side so that we could jump in the cool deep water. It didn't feel at all like exercise, but it was cardio (swimming) and strength (climbing) for the whole family.
I have kayaked, biked, and hiked on vacations and never once felt like checking my watch to see how much time I had left in my workout.
Of course, not every trip is in good weather or even a vacation.
Sometimes travel for work or other obligations require a full day of commitments and accommodations in a small hotel room, or a even a relative’s home.
On these occasions a quick strength training workout is a great tool to have.
Download an interval timing app on your phone and mix up a combination of upper body, lower body, cardio and core moves for a set amount of time such as 20-40 minutes.
I like to do 45 seconds of work followed by 15 seconds of rest. An example of this type of workout would be:
- Tricep Dips
- Jumping Jacks
- Bicycle Crunch
- Downdog Pushups
- Elevated Bridges
- Mountain Climbers
- REPEAT for a total of a 24-minute workout... no excuses.
It's quick and it requires no equipment except your body - which you just so happened to bring with you (so you can't tell your trainer you forgot something)!
Another quick and simple workout can be done anywhere with just a deck of cards. Assign an exercise to a suit, shuffle, flip, and complete. You can shoot to try and finish as fast as possible or play with a partner and alternate cards. Be creative and have fun with it!
I have done strength training on playgrounds, picnic tables, beaches (which are great due to the unstable surfaces) and once brought a TRX to my in-law’s cabin and hung it from a tree for the week’s workout. Yeah… the neighbors stared but I felt great when I got home from that trip.
I try to bring my bike when I can but if not, I can always walk or hike or run stairs.
At my biannual family reunions, I run a quick workout, like the one listed above, outside in the mornings and am always surprised at how many people attend.
Vacations and trips often involve food and beverages that we wouldn't normally consume, and many people return home feeling bloated and run down.
Staying active while away is easy, fun and a certain way to assure your first day back at the gym is not an awful experience.
Certified Personal Traininer
Fitness Evolution - Buffalo