It’s that time of year…fun, sun and hopefully some time off from work; maybe with a trip or two out of town with family and friends. I LOVE summer. But sometimes it’s difficult to stick to your normal training routine with all of the activities warm weather brings. It can be even more difficult to stick to a plan while you’re on the road and out of town. So what is a gal to do?
First of all, don’t stress that you’re not in the gym. You’re enjoying life and all it has to offer! Embrace it! You didn’t get IN shape in a week or two, so you won’t lose all the progress you’ve made by diverting from your normal training for a short period of time. But, if you’re like most of the Miss Fits, not being regularly active is just not an option. So here are some of the things we like to do this time of year when we’re on vacation.
1. RELAX: Firstly, because it’s awesome and most of us truly need it, and secondly because it’s just down right good for you. Take a big breath. Sit back and enjoy the break from your normal routine in and out of the gym. Suzanne says, ” I have become a hell of a lot less neurotic about time away from the gym. I used to stress about missing workouts and would ask Jim to program something for me. I will still do this from time to time since I travel so much, especially during meet training cycles. But I’m also learning to be more chill.”
2. Walk: This is the favorite and most highly utilized workout alternative that we use. I know walking doesn’t seem nearly as gratifying as a heavy deadlift session, but it can be just as beneficial in different ways. Plus, slowing down, breathing in fresh air and enjoying the beautiful scenery you paid so much to be around can do wonders for your mental well-being too.
3. Use what you’ve got: A lot of time our travels will take us somewhere that allows access to activities we don’t normally get to do. So rent a bike for the week, take a paddle board lesson with your kids, dust off grandpa’s old canoe…if you’ve got access to it, give it a whirl.
4. Body weight circuits: Yes, yes we know. Sometimes you just have to get in a “normal” workout in order to feel 100% and truly be able to enjoy your time off, so below is a small sample workout of things we like to do.
4 sets of the following exercises with 10-12 reps each set. You could also use some of these exercises for a Tabata and incorporate some hill or stair sprints.
Slow motion mountain climbers
-Plank shuffles with a push-up