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Seven fitness tips for holiday travelers
12/20/2012
You work hard to stay in shape so don’t let holiday travel set you back. With a little prep and planning you can make any type of travel fit into your workout routine. Carol Teteak, fitness coordinator and personal trainer at Edward Health & Fitness, offers some great tips for fitness travelers:

  • Make time for at least a 30 minute workout every day during your travels. Playing in the snow, or at the beach, counts, but you need to be moving the entire time for it to count.
  • Find out if your hotel has a fitness center. If not, Edward Health & Fitness Centers is a member of IHRSA Passport Program which allows discounted guest rates of at least 50% off at participating clubs 50 miles away or more. Visit www.healthclubs.com/passport to find a club in the area you are traveling…worldwide!
  • Resistance tubing is lightweight, inexpensive and they come in red & green! Not sure how to use the tubing…stop by Edward Health & Fitness' fitness office for a handout of upper and lower body exercises.
  • Go back to the basics…use your own body as your fitness tool! Squats, lunges, jumping jacks, jogging, push-ups, dips, planks and crunches are great examples of body weight training.
  • Go for a walk (with or without the kids) and look at holiday decorations and enjoy the scenery of the season.
  • Taking the kids to the pool? Swim some laps yourself at the top of every hour. Don’t like to swim…a water run has less impact on your joints and is a great total body exercise! Or use the side of the pool to stabilize and alternate kicking with doing dips to work the triceps.
  • Going sight-seeing? Plan routes ahead of time that are easy to get to on foot. This can save a lot of money, but make sure you wear comfortable shoes and pack water accordingly; yes, you can become dehydrated in winter months too!



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