getting in a good workout on the go.

This weekend was a blast!  I headed back to sweet home chicago to hang out with my lovely family and indulged in way too much food, way too much drink, and way too much fun.  I always have the greatest time visiting my family and wish I had the opportunity to do so more often.  But vacation or not, I still got my workout in.  I am always astonished when I see people say that they are working for their “bikini bodies” or they’re “trying to look good for vacation” and then when that vacation hits, they throw all their training out the window.  That’s not the point.

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When I know I’m going to be traveling, I consciously plan ahead what I’m going to do in terms of workouts during that time.  This weekend, I was only on a trip for three days, so I had some flexibility.  I did my normal workout on Friday, getting up at 5:45 to make sure I still had time in my day to pack and get everything else done.   On Saturday, since we were in a hotel, I checked out the facility there and ended up doing a 3 mile run, a half hour leg circuit, and then a 10 minute cool-down of incline walking.  It wasn’t the best gym I had ever been to, but I made it work.  Since I knew I would probably be very tired on Sunday and I had a lot of traveling to do, I had planned out my week so that my rest day fell on Sunday instead of my normal Saturday.  No harm, no foul, and I still got everything I wanted to accomplish done.  Here are some other tips to getting your fitness on when you’re out and about:

  • Plan ahead.  If you have to get up earlier than everyone else to get a quick 20 minute HIIT workout in, go ahead.  You’ll feel so much more awake and ready to take on the fun day when you do.
  • Check out the hotel gym!  Most hotels have some sort of fitness center, so play around with the equipment and explore.  You just might find your favorite gym yet.
  • Don’t fear the hotel room workout.  I have done workouts in my hotel room before and it is actually kind of fun.  Turn on some music and dance around if you have to.  Or milk that free wifi and checkout some free online workouts at one of these sites.
  • Walk around outside!  Walking is not only a great form of exercise, but an epic way to get to know your new surroundings.
  • Check out local Groupons and see if they have a good deal for a one time class in something you’ve never tried before like Barre or trampoline!

So next time you’re heading away from home for a little bit, I don’t want to hear any excuses about why you’re not working out.  You may even learn something new about how you like to workout.  I have had some of my best runs just exploring outside a new place.  I have had some of my most peaceful moments doing yoga at the end of a long conference day alone in my hotel room.  You never know when new motivation will strike, but why not try and grab it everyday no matter what your surroundings are.  You do have time, and if you think you don’t, make some.  You’ll come back from your vacation rejuvenated in a whole different way.

-sj

make yourself a priority.

We need to talk about why people give up on their fitness journeys.  Day in and day out people decide they’re going to start working out to lose a couple extra pounds or to fit into a smaller dress or to get back at someone by proving they can be slimmer and leaner.  These are not good reasons to start working out.  These are the type of reasons that lead people to quit.  If you want to stick with it and truly see a change, you have to embark on your journey for the right reason.  You need to want to take care of yourself.

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I found this quote the other day and I love it.  I think far too often, we don’t prioritize correctly.  We spend all day stressing about our jobs, our homes, money, all of these things that are really just fleeting. At the end of the day, you are responsible for one thing and one thing alone, your body.  You have to take care of yourself.  No one else is going to do it for you.

One of my proudest achievements since starting to workout is motivating others to do it along with me.  Prior to starting, I didn’t care at all about what I ate, how much I moved, what kind of things were going into my body, and what I was really doing to it.  Age seemed like an inevitable thing that just happened no matter what you did to keep it at bay.  As I started to pay more attention to nutrition and exercise, I realized that my body is like a machine.  The better fuel you put in, the better performance you get out.  I started diving further in to educating myself on the subject and took my father down the rabbit hole with me.  Together, we motivated each other from a far, each day striving to be a better us than we were yesterday.  And slowly, but surely, we’re getting there.  We have already seen remarkable improvement over the years; my dad’s trimmed down quite a bit and is more conscious of the foods he’s putting into his body and I have grown more muscles and put more emphasis on eating more of the right stuff, not less of the wrong stuff.

We took time to make ourselves priorities.  You get one life to live, why wouldn’t you want to live it for as long as possible?  Just move for one hour a day, that’s all I ask.  I don’t care if it’s a walk around the block 20 times, just move.  That’s a step in the right direction (actually more than a step if we’re being technical, but who’s counting ;)).  Drink an extra glass of water.  Go to sleep a half hour earlier.  Practice yoga for 30 minutes.  Anything.  These little changes add up and they will help you in the long run.  So, even though you may be 22 years old and reading this and thinking you have all the time in the world to make these changes, why not start now?  What’s stopping you for setting you up for success now?

-sj