As we settle into the Summer months many of us start prepping for vacations of all lengths, shapes and sizes. Around this time of year we, Personal Trainers commonly receive the question-"What should I do for exercise when I am on vacation?" Although this question should be answered on a case by case basis, my first instinct is to answer-"Not much!"
Of course we all want to maintain gains we have made combining hard work in the gym with a healthy lifestyle. But, sometimes we simply need a reset for our minds.
Taking down the intensity of our workouts on vacation can be helpful for both our physical and mental being. Long walks in the sand, body surfing and chasing a ball around with your kids on the beach are all examples of "exercise" that stimulate us differently than our gym routines.
That said, if you go on extended vacations or simply want to challenge yourself occasionally while away, I've listed a 20-30 minute strength/cardio routine I typically use when I'm at the beach.
Perform 3 sets of each exercise:
- 10 to 20 squats (variant: jump squats)
- 3 sprints 20-30 seconds followed by 30-60 seconds of walking
- 10 to 20 arm extensions (variant: explosive with hands sticking out of the ground)
- 10 burpees with heels
- 30 to 60 seconds of board (variant: mountain climbers)
This is just an example of what you can do, whether on the beach or wherever you want because you only need your body and your will. But most of all, have fun!