My goodness – I’d forgotten the post-vacation blues.
Like childbirth, I think you block it out. The unpacking, the mail (bills), the return to schedules and cooking. Bleck. Good thing I actually like my normal life. (and good thing I don’t actually cook)
As promised, I wanted to share a few more things about our Florida vacation last week. I was hoping to pile everything into one last post, but there’s just too much so today we’ll just talk WORKOUTS!
I know that some people go on vacation and see it as a chance to take a break from working out. I am not one of those people. Not only does it set the tone for the day, but when I have extra hands around, working out is my preferred activity. Not a chore, not a stress – not something I have to do, it’s something I WANT to do. I might be in the minority here but I know there are some readers out there who are in the same boat. Do you work out while on vacation?
I traveled down to Florida with two of my kettlebells (a pood and a 25 pounder). I’m pretty certain the additional weight did nothing for our gas mileage but I wanted to be certain that I had some weights to throw around at the beach. Luckily, Blue Mountain Inn has a pretty decent gym. Three treadmills, two ellipticals, two bikes, a cable tower with two sides and a pull-up middle, plus free weights ranging from 5 pounds all the way up to 50 pounds. I’m pretty easy to please when it comes to hotel/condo gyms. Give me a set of free weights and I can plan out multiple workouts.
Some days, Katy and/or Adam joined in and others I was all by myself (Travis does not work out on vacation – that’s ok – he watched our kids. ). Even though I’m happy jamming out to music by myself, I’ll gladly take a workout buddy (or two) any day of the week. Katy and I have been sweating together for years so she’s always fun to partner up with.
Here’s a sampling of what we/I did:
Equipment needed: Kettlebell
Katy and I completed this one together one morning. I saw Bonnie post it on Instagram (thus the name) – I love trying out other trainer’s workouts. It’s a good sweaty time. Especially love that you can easily sub in another exercise for the goblet squats and change the whole dynamic (think pushups, push presses, jump squats, anything!).
I used a pood (36#) for my KB weight and felt it in all the right places (I suggest Russian swings vs. American). We finished with 5 rounds of condo stair sprints.
Equipment needed: Your body!
I created this one over a year ago and had it pinned to my Pinterest page just waiting for me. No equipment necessary so it’s perfect for travel! Run through this twice for a good 20-25 minute workout!
Equipment needed: Medium & Heavy dumbbells, stability ball
If there’s one thing I’ve missed while working out in the basement, it’s a seated row and a lat pulldown. These are two things that I’m finding hard to recreate – any suggestions? I ran through this circuit 3 times and then finished with a tabata.
All of these were pretty quick (i.e. didn’t eat into our vacation time) and effective! I also did a sprint/jog workout but didn’t feel like creating a special jpeg for it – all you do is play with speed for 20 minutes i.e. push a bunch of buttons. Feel free to steal any of these and try them out yourself!
QUESTION: Do you work out while on vacation?