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Five Exercises YOU can do Almost Anyplace:

As the summer begins, many of you will be heading out for some form of a vacation. Our lives have become so full that we rarely have time to rest and decompress from the stress of daily life. So this much needed break is a necessity for most people. Regardless of your destination, you vacation does not mean that you should or have to derail your exercise program. The topic of this article is five exercises you can do almost anywhere in the world.
Run or Walk: Every hotel these days has a “fitness center”. This term is quite misleading, but the reality of the room is they do have a treadmill, a bike, an elliptical trainer, and if you are really lucky, they have some free weights. But the first machine is the most important one, so USE it. Almost anybody can use the treadmill. Get you butt up and go do a mile or two each day for your cardiovascular health. And of course, if there is not treadmill, GO OUTSIDE!

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Push-ups and sit-ups: No equipment needed. These tried and true exercises have been around as long as I can remember and can be done in any space big enough to lie down. The amount of each exercise depends of you level of fitness. And if you are a beginner, do as many as you can, rest a minute, do as many as you can, rest a minute and so on for about 10 -15 minutes. Then try to do more the next day.

Swimming: If you have a pool, are at the ocean, near a river or a lake, this is a very realistic option. Now if you are not a swimmer, then DO NOT swim. But the water is great for a no impact cardiovascular work out. And of you are lucky, you might be able to find some water weights so you can do some resistance training while in the pool.

Blast Straps: These are typically for a more advanced user, but are easy enough to use that a beginner can find something they can do with them too. If you don’t know what blast straps are? The best way to describe them is that they are adjustable straps with handles that can be attached to almost anything so you can do body weight exercises like: incline or decline push-ups, lat pulls, pull-ups, shoulder work, one legged squats, ab fall-outs and there are more but that is a pretty good start. You can buy blast straps online at ELITEFTS.com. They will fit in almost any gym bag and are extremely portable and very effective! I know, I use them myself in my training and with some of my more advanced clients.

Power bands: Last but certainly not least, these items can be used for everything from squats to push-ups. Bands vary in tension from as little at 3lbs. to as much as 100lbs and more. The kind most of you have seen are long tubes with handles on them and they are great for a beginner to an intermediate user. But there are also some that look like big heavy rubber bands that are more commonly used by more advanced users due to the increased amount of tension due to the size of the bands. These can be purchased at almost any sporting good store and the heavier ones can be purchased at the same address as the blast straps. Bands are lightweight and portable and can challenge even the most advanced user. The key is being creative and being committed to getting you exercise in regardless of how you do it!!

If you decide to further investigate these items, you can get more info about them from me or at the website listed above. Hope these tips help you on your quest for a healthy lifestyle. And it is exactly that, a lifestyle. If you have any questions, email me at dan@ironjunkietraining.com. Just reference the article in question and I will be more than happy to get back to you!! Dan Foreman is a contract Personal Trainer at DCS Fitness.


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