How to Exercise on Vacation

I finally got to visit California and it was an incredible adventure. It was no walk in the park though. Six of us piled into a Mini Van and tried to pack in as many adventures as possible. I slept at multiple Ranches, Tents, Motels, Friends houses and spent hours on end in the car, which is mandatory in L.A.

I am so lucky that my job allows me to practice consistently, go to kick ass classes, train with friends and stay in great shape. This same gift is also a curse. When it's time to go away I begin to panic about the loss of my routine. I decided to set off with a plan.

You might have heard of the Squat Challenge that has recently gone viral. If you haven't, here it is. I took this concept with me. Start with a set number of squats depending on your level of activity before leaving and add five each day. I also decided to spice it up by adding these side kicks using the same method of counting. Don't forget to do both sides.

You might be shocked to hear that I didn't pack a yoga mat. I haven't yet acquired a travel mat but plan to. However, a mat is a luxury and you can do yoga anywhere and that's exactly what I do. In the car, on grass, in my motel room and on the beach. 

I packed my super light and awesome Skechers runners I got from Jock Yoga Training, a skipping rope and a resistance band. Skipping is great cardio that you can sneak in while on the go and something I have been wanting to get better at. One day I would like to be able to skip without walking away with whip marks on my arms. Lastly, download a HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) App, I use this one. It will allow you to craft you own workout beforehand. All you have to do is hit 'Play'. I fit in an awesome poolside workout with this method.

Here is an example of a circuit you could enter in your HIIT application. 

Circuit : 

  • Skipping 1 Minute
  • Tricep Kick Backs with Resistance Band 40 seconds
  • Break 20 Seconds
  • Bicep Curl with Resistance Band 40 seconds
  • Break 20 Seconds
  • Hold Dolphin Plank 40-60 Seconds
  • Break 20 Seconds
  • Jumping Jacks 1 minute
  • Squats 40 Seconds
  • Break 20 seconds
  • Side Kicks Right Side 40 seconds
  • Break 20 Seconds
  • Side Kicks Left Side 40 Seconds
  • Break 20 seconds
  • Mountain Climbers 1 Minute
  • Break 20 seconds
  • Tricep Dips 40 Seconds
  • Break 20 Seconds
  • Wide Set Push Ups (Knees up or down) 40 Seconds
  • Break 20 Seconds
  • Alternating Lunge 40 Seconds
  • Break 20 Seconds 
  • Wide Sumo Squat 40 Seconds
  • Burpees 1 Minute
  • Alternating Bicycle Core 40 seconds
  • Break 20 seconds
  • Leg Lifts / Pulses 40 Seconds
  • Eagle Crunches 
    • Think Eagle Arms and Legs but Reclined on your back. Your knees are over your hips, your shins parallel to the ground. Both your tailbone and your shoulder blades peel up, working upper and lower abdominal muscles as you contract and round your spine, rooting down through your lower back firmly. It is important to note that hands behind the head is a better variation if any discomfort is felt in your neck. 
    • Tip: Don't lower your shoulder blades back down. Lift and contract as high as you can and only lower an inch or two from there. There is no sense in losing your core engagement in each rep, you're only wasting time and energy. Also, avoid turtle neck, you are working your core muscles not your neck. 
  • Repeat this 3 times. You could do it once and feel great too. Or you could get really excited like I did and do it 4 times but be mindful of what activities you have planned the next day. You will hurt, there is no doubt about that. 

Just to be clear, I am human. I didn't manage my Squat challenge everyday nor did I do this circuit consistently but I managed it when I easily could have said 'screw it'. I also managed to stretch whenever the opportunity presented itself. Sitting in a car is awful. One workout is better than none, two better than one and so on and so forth so just get up and move.