February 19, 2013

Training Tuesday: Working out on vacation

Training while away from home is a challenge for most of us.  I recently spent nearly three weeks in Africa on a long planned safari vacation.  The first week, it was relatively easy to keep up with exercise, since a run was possible at our first location and trekking with gorillas in Rwanda provided a lot of physical activity.
Big Daddy!  One of many Silverback Gorillas in Rwanda
On the the main safari things got a bit more interesting!  Our various accommodations included tented camps, individual units and small hotels.  These properties were not fenced, so wild creatures could be on the property at any given time.  In fact, a female leopard decided that the storage facility at one property was the perfect spot to give birth to her cubs!  Needless to say, I was not running at all during this time period.  Improvising became the name of the game and here is a list of the activities that I managed to do:

*  Abdominal work
*  Stretch cords for upper body
*  Burpees (boy do I hate these)
*  Leg work
*  Stretching
*  Planks
*  Short sprints in our room (we had nice clear space around the bed!)
*  Swimming laps

Managing to keep up with a minimal amount of daily activity is sure to keep you feeling better on vacation and make it easier to get back to your normal routine once you return home.

How do you workout during your vacations or when you're away from home?
(Pam)

8 comments:

  1. I find it extremely hard to workout during vacation but I always end up walking a lot!

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    1. Agree about it being hard to keep up with workouts. Sadly, with all the wild animals I did not do a lot of walking either....no complaints, it was a marvelous trip!

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  2. It's fun to make workouts work on the fly and improvise....I love running around Disney ;)

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    1. I love to run around Disney too! Port Orleans has great running paths!

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  3. Agree with Danielle--I also find it hard but usually do a ton of walking. :) I've also done hotel room workouts before, they're really not bad!

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    1. Yes, hotel room workouts are not my favorites, but they are definitely doable. Walking is helpful too,

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  4. What an exciting adventure! Love your ideas for workouts on vacation!

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    1. Thanks Karen....yes, it was a trip of a lifetime with wonderful memories!

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