“No excuses”

As I sit here sipping my coffee and soaking in the sun, I’m realizing that we’re in the second week of August already. Yikes! But summer’s not over yet, and many of us still have family vacations or long, lazy weekends to enjoy before reality sets in again. And we should enjoy every second! That being said, I’ve been doling out a lot of fitness advice to traveling clients lately, so I thought I’d share some here on the blog. In my last post, I talked about how to have as healthy a vacation as possible. To add to that, here are some ideas for quick and easy vacation workouts (also known to those who know me as “no excuse” workouts):

1. Come prepared for your vacation with portable fitness gear. Resistance bands, a jump rope, maybe a yoga map. One of my favorite activities when on vacation is jumping rope. Start your day with 200 jumps, maybe add 50 the next morning. It won’t take long, but you’ll get your heart rate up for a few minutes. And every minute counts.
2. As I’ve mentioned before, enjoy the scenery around you with local hikes, bike rides, swims… What’s better than getting some exercise, sunshine and good photo ops all in one? Aim for one activity each day. You won’t regret it.

3. If you’re in a hotel room without a gym, do a quick circuit of lunges, squats, push ups and crunches for 10 minutes. Do this every other day, adding a few reps each time. Or play this card game with friends: assign one type of resistance move to each suite of cards (i.e. hearts are jumping jacks…makes sense, right?). Each time someone draws from the pile, do that number of the assigned resistance move. I recommend incorporating some cardio, some lunges, some push ups or tricep dips and some ab moves. The “game” actually goes by pretty fast, and you’ll definitely feel like you’ve worked out.

4. Walk everywhere you can. To dinner, to the beach, to the gift shop up the road. If you’re in a really remote area, plan a morning walk around the neighborhood or a family walk after dinner. What a great way to start the day or unwind and talk about everyone’s day.
I’m currently on a wonderful family vacation, and I promise I’ve taken my own advice. It’s amazing how a little bit of exercise each day puts me in a more relaxed mood, and has left me feeling energized and truly happy. The beautiful view and great company doesn’t hurt either 🙂

Sending along happy thoughts to all of you for an enjoyable rest of summer!!

~Jess

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