When we travel, we talk about exploring unseen attractions, tasting new foods, engaging in adventure and relaxation. But we’re not a total hedonist. We also like to squeeze a little workouts. There’s just something about working away from our usual surroundings – perhaps without Sport clubWhich energizes us and helps us get away. The key is to work in your best body weight exercises when you’re on vacation.
“You can exercise on vacation,” says the Brooklyn resident. Sean Zeitlin, CPT. “All you need is your body weight and a little bit of space.” Zetlin adds that even if it only takes 10 minutes to get your body moving, it provides many benefits and will leave you feeling refreshed, energized, and excited to enjoy your time away.
A short gap from weightlifting, endurance work, and/or a lot of high-intensity interval workouts can benefit your body, too. If you travel for long periods of time, as in Remote work for an extended staySo, it is a good idea to keep your daily activity levels high.
Says Janelle Fleets, CSCS, Owner Effective physical therapy and sports performance, in Miami, Florida. The key to getting a good lift without a gym, she notes, is adding rhythm and isometrics while increasing repetitions and sets of the exercise to increase muscle demand.
Mike NicholsonCSCS, director of fitness at Chelsea Piers Fitness, based in Manhattan, echoes these views about the virtues of exercising while on vacation. “Exercise increases your endorphin level and makes you feel good, so exercising on vacation will naturally help you enjoy your new surroundings more,” he says, adding that a post-workout endorphin rush may also help your confidence. Nicholson recommends releasing your “power center” (core, fibres, shoulders, and diaphragm) to increase neuromuscular activation around your spine and hips. “Keep the impact of exercise low to reduce the fatigue it puts on your central nervous system and focus on deep breathing while in motion to increase oxygen flow, which elevates your sense of well-being and improves your mood,” he says. The goal is to get your blood flowing and get your body moving – not to be so tired after a workout that you have to cancel your walking tour plans.