Make time to work out on vacation

Raise your hand if you’ve ever skipped the gym while on vacation.

Most of you? Yep, me too.  It’s hard to keep up with your fitness routine while away from home.  Finding a gym is one thing, fitting in a sweat session while on vacation (hello, “family time”) is another thing entirely.  If that isn’t bad enough, add in all those holiday treats you’re consuming and you’re headed for disaster come January.

Cue the trumpets…Fit & Faithful to the rescue!

I’m going to show you how to workout on vacation even when you think you don’t have time.

Materials Needed:

Your smartphone with Workout Timer or any basic timer installed

Your body.

First, decide whether you’ll do a timed workout or a tabata style workout.  If you need some convincing, tabata has been proven to boost metabolism and caloric burn throughout the day.  Just set the Workout Timer app for 20 seconds of work, 10 seconds of rest for 8 rounds.  If you’d prefer just a timed session, set your timer for 15 minutes.  Next, choose your exercise!  Side note; do you remember those “Choose Your Own Adventure” books? Those were so fun, I often read them more than once, just to see how else my story could end up.

Exercises.  Considering we aren’t certified trainers, I don’t think we can tell you how to perform these exercises, but there’s always YouTube.  Try for perfect form despite your time constraint.

  • body weight squats
  • sit ups (add weight if you’re feeling froggy–any heavy stable item will do)
  • donkey kicks
  • burpees
  • pushups
  • lunges
  • flutter kicks
  • pistol squats
  • dips (you’ll need a chair for this one)
  • supermans
  • mountain climbers

Choose four or five exercises and a number of reps you will complete.  Try to get as many rounds as possible before your timer goes off.  Here are two examples, on tabata style and one regular timed one.

Tabata: situps, pushups, squats, flutterkicks, lunges.  Do 8 rounds of each.  You will need to press start on your Workout Timer five times.

Timed: 10 squats, 5 pushups, 20 situps, 5 lunges and 5 supermans in 15 minutes.  Go as hard as you can from the time you press start until the timer goes off.

A good way to keep yourself from feeling “too busy” for working out is do this routine as soon as you can after waking up.  Perhaps you need a glass of water and an apple first, but don’t get too far into your morning routine that you make excuses like, “I already showered” or “I don’t have time now”.  Do it right away! You’ll be glad you did.