Sunday, July 15, 2012 • APO 96367
Being on vacation, moving or traveling for work, can put a real kink in your training plans. You don't always have the equipment or environment to complete the workout you have planned. You could skip the workout all together....or you could get a little creative and use what you have around you. Stairs can be used in place of any cardio equipment or hill workouts. So can any plyometric intervals, like jumping jacks, hops, lateral or long jumps, jumping rope, etc. they'll get your heart pumping just as well as any run, treadmill, bike or other favorite piece of equipment. You can use books, a heavy backpack/suitcase, cans, water bottles, stones, basket of magazines, or anything else that has weight, for a set of dumbbells, kettle bells or a barbell. Pillows, balancing on one leg or completing a workout in the pool, can add a balance or instability challenge to your workout. Chairs, ledges, playgrounds or various tables can provide you with inclines/declines, pull-up or dip bars, etc, to change up or complete some of your favorite bodyweight exercises. So far this vacation I've used many of these tricks to get my workouts in as we travel to see family. A set of bricks were used as dumbbells the other day, as was a huge dictionary to add a one arm push-up variation and a basket full of magazines made for great squats to overhead presses. I've done some stability work in the pool and enjoyed a few peaceful walks along the beach (walking in loose sand is a great workout for your whole lower body!), all while enjoying my vacation. So no excuses! You can get a workout in anywhere! And it will make indulging in those favorite vacation treats (hello ice cream shop!), business trip dinners or eat-out move meals, that much less guilt ridden!