So here it is summer and vacation time. That’s time away from our gyms, our workout DVD’s, our favorite running spots, etc. If you’re like me, you tend to get a little unmotivated on vacation. (Let’s just call it what it is…lazy). Those hotel gyms are anything but inviting and you’d rather have vacation food than your normal salad and fish…or whatever you eat, I don’t know you. Here is a workout that’s easy to do in your hotel room, or on the beach if you’re headed that way, or basically anywhere you go on vacation. If you happen to bring weights with you, I’ll let you know where you can add them. If you only have a little time, this hits almost every major muscle, so you’ll still be ok if you only do it one time through.
- Warm-up: You still need to warm-up, just like any other workout. Try walking in place and slowly moving up to a jog, arm circles, arm swings, march bringing your knees to your chest, anything that starts off slow and you can gradually get a little bit more intense.
- Push-ups, 15
- jumping jacks, 25
- Tricep dips, 15 (find any sort of ledge like a bench, the desk chair, the bathtub, etc)
- speed skaters, 30 (15/leg)
- The “W”, 15 (lay on your stomach and put your arms out to the side and elbows at a 90 degree angle to where you look like a goal post, and while keeping your chest on the floor, lift your arms off the ground while you squeeze your shoulder blades together. This works your upper back)
- High knees, 20 sec
- reverse lunges, 20 (add a bicep curl if you have weights)/forward lunges, 20 (keep that bicep curl if you have weights)
- burpees, 10-20 depending on your fitness level
- squats, 15 (add a shoulder press if you have weights)
- mountain climbers, 20 sec
- bicycle crunches, 30
- squat jumps
- 60 sec plank
Repeat 2-3 times depending on your fitness level and time limit, and don’t forget to stretch afterwards!
If you are staying near a beach, go for a jog. You will feel leg muscles you didn’t even know you had because the sand makes everything harder. If you’re on a cruise ship, take advantage of the size of the boat and walk or jog the perimeter.
Stay sweaty, my friends!
Shout out to Caroline for the idea for this blog!