Exercising Abroad!

yogaI don’t know about anyone else, but I find the gym rather addicting. They say it takes 21 days of engaging in an activity to make it a habit. Well this gymming habit that I definitely developed a few years ago is one that I would like to keep active! I often find myself in a predicament, though: I have a 24 Hour Fitness membership at home and Chris & I put our memberships to use anywhere and everywhere in the US. Even if we’re vacationing — if there’s a 24 Hour within a 15 – 20 mile radius, we’re usually there! The problem typically arises when vacationing and traveling OUTSIDE of the US. Word on the street is that there are some 24 Hours in Asia, but Europe doesn’t house any of these such gyms. Although I will likely get a new gym membership once I move there (or use the campus’ gym!), it’s hard for a lot of us to keep up our healthy, active lifestyles when we’re overseas. And not working out — well, bleh; that can’t really be an option now, can it? It’s a surefire way to zap your energy & leave you feeling anxious. I’ve been searching, though, so fear not! I have found a number of ways to keep active withouta gym membership! As long as you have yourself, some space and a few inexpensive (& easily portable) items you can stay in tip-top shape while traveling:

 * Abs: Abs are probably the simplest for on-the-go workouts; most of the time we don’t use equipment for abs even when it IS available. For abs, try standard crunches, bicycle crunches, planks & reverse crunches. These can all be done on the ground (with a mat, if you really want to spice things up!)

* Arms: To keep your triceps toned, try tricep dips by using a chair in your room! These things are awesome and they require no equipment! Also, try the one-armed tricep push up. For these guys, lay on your side and use the opposite arm to push yourself up — your arms will feel it in no time!

* Legs: Squats & lunges! Everyone’s favorite, right? Fortunately, you don’t necessarily need to do your squats and/or lunges with weights. Just doing them correctly will help tone your thighs & your tush. Try lunges, plie squats, side lunges & curtsy squats (like your curtsy-ing, but squat it; gets into the sides of the bum). Let’s be honest — legs are not the most fun to work out, but they do get your heart rate up so they’re definitely worth doing!

* Cardio(!): For real! This is the most troubling thing, right? For those of us that are used to our fancy equipment for getting our cardio in… what are we supposed to do?! Wellllll, there are a number of things actually. For cardio on the go, try jogging/running (and taking the time to explore your temporary surroundings!) or jumping rope! Also — this sounds kind of lame — but I’m a fan of rollerblading, too. If you don’t mind dragging blades with you, you can blade around and sight see! All you’ll need is a pair of shoes, a pair of blades (if you want to give it a whirl!) & an light weight jump rope.

Also, we musn’t forget the power of portable DVDs & OnDemand. Some hotels now actually offer these fitness-focused channels with some fun workouts you can do in your room. If you want to be prepared, grab a pilates or yoga DVD and take it with you! There is rarely a case with pilates or yoga that you’ll need equipment at all. You may want to bring a few resistance bands to up the ante & up the burn. All in all, technology has afforded us many opportunities to stay active while on the go! Also, not to keep sharing my love of ExerciseTV  but you can view the workout directly from your PC while traveling OR you can burn the workouts onto DVDs to take with you! Gotta love it!

Click here if you want to search for gyms in the UK.

Happy (and Healthy!) Travels,


4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Nikki on April 23, 2009 at 2:04 PM

    I’m so glad there’s another ExerciseTV addict out there besides me! Since it’s summer, I thought i’d share my fav. exerciseTV summer workout…Sexy Beach Abs! Great for toning up and slimming down for bikini season! Enjoy



  2. Posted by Maddie on April 23, 2009 at 4:04 PM

    Jillian is my favorite trainer too! Her workouts are tough, but wow do they whip you into shape. I do a great deal of traveling and ExerciseTV is what keeps me in shape overseas for sure.
    I bring her DVD No More Trouble Zones with me everywhere. Have you tried her Armed & Dangerous? its awesome http://community.exercisetv.tv/sexyforsummer/go/video/view?vid_id=678943&pref_tab=videos


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