070613 Vacation exercising suggestions

070613 Vacation exercising suggestions

Driving long distances on your vacation can take its toll on your body, so the natural thing to do is to offset this with exercise when you arrive at your hotel or campsite.

Hiking, jogging, or skipping rope is an effective method of maintaining your cardio endurance during the time you are away from your normal surroundings. If you don’t have the full amount of time to do it all at once, then hit it with high intensity for three to four ten minute spurts throughout the day. Just make sure you get your heart rate up to at least 75-80% of your maximum heart rate during these small bursts of effort. Follow these sessions with a brief cool down of the same exercise so your heart has a chance to readapt to normalcy.

To strength train, do bodyweight exercises such as pushups, squats, good mornings, squat thrusts, calf raises, and planks in all four of the different positions.

You can also take bands along in case you don’t feel like doing the bodyweight exercises. Use your imagination with these but always keep safety in mind because the elastic materials can cause a vicious injury if not used properly. And by that, I mean securely anchored so the free end does not snap back at the working length.

Being on vacation does not mean neglecting your physical fitness nor does it mean eating everything in sight. Be selective, and conservative, with your food and drink choices.