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!
|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 dont 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
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
firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.