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!