As I explained on another page, I am a workout nut. Since I can’t always take my Insanity DVDs with me (yes, that’s typically how I stay in shape), I devise other ways to work off the beer, fattening foods (aka. yummy deliciousness), & artery-clogging desserts. I don’t know the definition of dieting. I partially blame my diabetic counterpart for my declining diet the last couple of years. Jerk. Anyway….
Working out = more chocolate, steak & beer. Duh.
I have NEVER known the definition of dieting. I do, however, know the definition of moderation. Best explanation… do not stuff yourself until you cannot move. While the 12 oz. steak dinner and molten chocolate 10K dessert might be delicious, you will regret it later if you eat so much that you go into the worst food coma of your life. Basic moral of the story: Eat a REASONABLE PORTION of the terrible for your diet food… you’ll get the yummy food without the insanely high calorie content. Win.
Anyway, those that travel and want to workout during trips, know it can be a challenge in a tiny hotel room without a gym, or without the time to fit in a workout. While I do have an inhuman amount of workout motivation, the workouts I have devised are all short enough to fit in and intense enough to do the job. All of the HIIT workouts are body weight only – no weights required! I am currently researching, and experimenting with, easy-to-carry-on equipment for travel.
HIIT WORKOUTS: High Intensity Interval Training
The 100 Workout is one of my favorites… does not require any weights, just your body. Perfect for hotel rooms. I have also done variations of this one.
Last night, my legs were WAY too sore to do squats and leg lifts, so I did this variation. Do the circuit AS FAST AS YOU CAN!!! ~14 minutes
100 JUMPING JACKS
90 REVERSE CRUNCHES
80 SQUAT PULSES
70 (35/35) OBLIQUE HIP UPS
60 JUMPING JACKS
50 REVERSE CRUNCHES
40 SQUAT PULSES
30 PUSH-UPS (CHEST TO THE FLOOR)
20 JUMPING JACKS
10 PUSH-UPS (CHEST TO THE FLOOR)
I just got back from my Grand Canyon/Zion National Park excursion. While I got lucky at the lodge at Grand Canyon – the lodge had a decent gym. The lodge at Zion was gym-free. I busted out one of my favorites… CROSSFIT BUTT KICKER. It goes something like this:
After 5.4 miles of hiking one day, Mama Rubes and the dude decided to play cards. I decided I hadn’t done enough of an arm or core workout today. During the entire game, I planked across the two queen beds while I awaited my turn to play. When the cards were being shuffled for the next hand, I did V Push-Ups (at least 40 each break). My stomach is still sore – proof planking is a great core exercise!
For when your coworker snatches up the machine you were planning to use for a late morning workout before shift…. Go for time. I did another 25 minutes on the elliptical after this…. Also good for hotel rooms (no equipment required).
For when you’re alone in the tiny building gym, and do not care that you’ll look a tad bit strange jumping all over the place, and switching from random exercises to the elliptical or treadmill….
For when you’re in the Dominican Republic, but refuse to stop working out just because you’re on a relaxing trip. I did reverse crunches instead, and my hip flexers hated me for the next few days. Totally worth it!
BIKING: Cardio and Legs
Biking is a great option while traveling. It’s typically easy to rent bikes, and offers a phenomenal way to see cities all while getting exercise. It’s easier on the joints as well!