Are you planning on visiting your grandchildren? Going on Spring Break with your kids? Or heading on a much-needed vacation after a long winter? Occasionally, we may find ourselves traveling whether it’s to visit family, go on vacation, or travel for a work assignment. Traveling can be relaxing to get away from the hustle and bustle of your everyday life, but some aspects may be stressful. You may find it difficult to stray from your everyday routine and for many people exercise is an integral part of their daily schedule. It may be difficult to find the time and space to exercise during your travels. Here are our recommendations for 5 exercises you can do from anywhere:
1. Bodyweight Squats: Start standing with feet shoulder-width apart. Squat down to pretend like you are sitting down in a low chair and then slowly bring yourself back to standing. Perform this exercise 8 times. If this exercise is too easy, then try to add some weight such as holding a heavy book in front of you.
2. Plank: Start lying on the floor flat on your stomach. Then rise to the push-up position and hold for 30 seconds. Make sure your bottom is level with your back and thigh, and that you are engaging your core for the entire 30 seconds. If this exercise is too easy, try to take your hand and tap the opposite shoulder while maintaining the plank position and repeat on the other side for the entire 30 seconds.
3. Jumping Jacks: Start with your feet together with your arms at your side. Jump out by bringing your arms above your head and then jump back into your starting position. Repeat this motion for 30 seconds keeping your core engaged for the entire duration of the exercise. If this is too easy, bump up the time to 45 seconds to 1 minute.
4. Forward Lunges: Start with your arms at your side and feet shoulder-width apart. Step forward with one leg while bending both knees to form 90-degree angles. Repeats 8 times with each leg forward for a total of 16 times. If this is too easy, try holding onto a heavy object.
5. Boxing: Stand shoulder width apart and then take a step back with your dominant leg and place most of your weight onto your back foot. Bring your hands up to eye level and make sure nothing is directly in front of you. Then, punch in front of you by extending your arm and shifting your weight onto your front foot. Then, bring your arm back to the resting position and place your weight onto the back foot. Repeat with the other arm while maintaining your staggered stance. Punch back and forth for 30 seconds. This is a great aerobic workout that only utilizes your arms.
Performing all these exercises 3 times one after the other with a 1-minute break between rounds is a great starting exercise routine to try while traveling. Any type of movement is better than no movement when it comes to maintaining your general health and wellness! However, you may be looking for an exercise program designed to meet your personal health and wellness goals. At Live Your Life we have a team of personal trainers and physical therapists looking to help you get started on your fitness journey. Contact us for a free consultation at Live Your Life Minnesota for physical therapy and personal training services and at Live Your Life Florida for physical therapy services!