The summertime is one of the busiest times of year for travel; and although travel is meant to be a means of relaxation and excitement, it can sometimes cause a lot of stress. Not knowing what to pack, being underprepared, and changing your day to day regimen can sometimes be a little too hard to handle.
Because of this, we decided to take this week to give you all some travel tips. What to pack, how to adjust, stuff like that. We can all use a little advice sometimes, right?
Today, we’re going to tackle the issue of how to continue working out on your summer travels. If you lead an active lifestyle, you know how addicting it is to stay fit. Some active people even say not working out gives them a headache, or makes them feel worse at the end of the day. If this sounds like you, then you’ve definitely spent a vacation or two obsessively searching for a good gym. Unfortunately, this can sometimes be hard to find. Luckily, our good friend David Kirsch has some excellent travel fitness tips that we’re happily passing along to you!
David Kirsch is our go-to authority and all things fitness and wellness. His “Sound Body, Sound Mind” approach is one we live by. We take his classes, use and carry his products, and trust his two decades of experience to the fullest!
Here are some of David’s best travel tips and workout moves:
Don’t have access to a gym or machines? Jumping rope is a great way to burn calories fast. About 15 minutes of jump rope torches 100 calories.
Try one of my 10-Minute Express Workouts right when you wake up to burn calories quickly and get your heart pumping before you even step out the door. String together a series of moves like Sumo Lunges, Bent-Leg Deadlifts, Shadow Boxing with light weights, or Spiderman Push-Ups. Bonus points for doing a couple of Express Workouts throughout the day, at your desk or at lunch, to burn even more calories.
Staying active is as easy as just bringing sneakers with you to work or when you’re traveling. Take a 30 minute power walk at lunch, or, if you travel often, squeeze in just 30 minutes of movement a day to keep your goals in sight.
Travel Workout Moves:
* Squats: Target several large muscle groups for a total body workout and can be done in your hotel room
* Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, arms on your hips. Focus your body weight and energy into your heels.
* Bend your knees and squat down as if you are about to sit. Extend your legs and lift back up to your starting position.
* 10 repetitions
Planks: One of the worst things about traveling for work is hotel beds. They are not as comfortable as your home bed. Planks are the perfect exercise to strengthen your back and core and to reconnect your body
* Place palms on the floor, shoulder-width apart. Core and abs are tight. Make sure your chest is right over your hands. Hold the position for 10 seconds. Work yourself up to 30 seconds, then 1 minute.
* Make sure you are not dropping your hips. You don’t want to stress your lower back. If you are feeling it in your shoulders you are not in line with your hands.
Where will you be practicing these travel workout tips and tricks?