Who doesn’t love a great road trip? As I get ready to embark on mine here are some essentials I’ll be packing.
1) Rubber Tubing – Like the K Bands in this picture. This little workout staple can create a workout anywhere and takes a smidgen of your packing space.
Have a little more room and some tree branches (or other heavy duty hangers) check out the TRX – a strap system that lets you create an intense strength training workout with your own body weight. I own a set and love’em – Fitness Anywhere
2) Good Snacks – try and aim for a solid mix of protein, carbs, and fats in the most nutrient dense foods you can. Fruit, raw veggies, beef jerky, cheese sticks can all help you stay properly fueled up. Try and skip on the processed fast foods if you can. Check out an earlier blog posting for more vacation snack ideas.
3) Good Shoes – I know its summer time and I, too have trouble finding my socks…but if you are planning to stay on workout track make sure to pack your shoes. Who knows giving up some space may be the commitment you need to stay moving.
So what are you planning this Memorial Day? Here’s me and 2 of my kiddos finding space to do yoga during a back country camping trip.
Putting a small about of effort in before you leave will ensure that your vacation is active (or not), fun, adventurous, and wonderful with memories to last a lifetime without breaking your fitness routine you’ve worked so hard to keep.
Planning a vacation workout is really no different from working out when you are home. You are just in a new place with a slightly (ok largely) different daily schedule. What facilities will be available to you? A hotel fitness center, pool, beach, rocks, water, snow, trees, day trips can all be places to get a workout without taking time away from vacation. Many guides or local shops will have gear available for the activity. When booking your reservations ask about renting or using gear so you can book that at the same time.
Think about how you can add weight to your body, i.e. backpacks, children, shopping bags, golf gear, or pack some exercise bands.
These lightweight, flexible options are easy to pack, carry, and use no matter where you are. I had a client who would bring one on hikes and at intervals pull it out, loop it around a tree, rock, or branch complete a strength set and continue her cardio work. By the end of the hike she was completely done with cardio and strength for the day, not to mention exhilarated by the beauty around her! Most bands come with basic exercise instructions so your workout packs inside your workout shoes.
Let us know how you stay active on your vacation in the comments below.
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