By: Danny Osias
July 29, 2019
Summer is officially here! Getting into a healthy rhythm can definitely be done at home, but we’re on-the-go much more in the summer between vacations and weekend getaways. Although living a healthy lifestyle should be a year-round thing, it is never too late to start a new routine or pick it back up again. To keep ourselves on track while traveling, and even while at home, we’re passing along helpful fitness tips to bear in mind during the warmer months:
- Use Your Own Body Weight: the push-up, for example, is a simple exercise performed with your own body weight that will help you sculpt shoulders and firm the midsection.
- Pick Up the Pace: no matter where you are, you can squeeze in some cardio. Walk at a faster pace while breathing deeper to increase your heart rate.
- Find Stairs: climbing stairs is incredibly effective cardio and a great workout for sculpting the lower body.
- Be Food Prepared: we’re often tempted to “grab and go,” especially when traveling, but most ready-to-go snacks are calorie packed and nutrient deprived. Pack some granola bars, fruits and/or nuts in your carry-on bag so you’re prepared to fight the urge.
- Use Your Breath: get the most out of your breath and breathe from the diaphragm. Deep breaths will help burn extra calories and provide extra energy during workouts. The bonus is that you can use this type of breathing to burn more calories during exercise and also while walking to the corner store, working at your desk or just sitting in the car on your next road trip!
- Carry a Reusable Water Bottle: our bodies can misread being dehydrated for being hungry, leading to over consumption and weight gain. When traveling on planes, or to higher altitudes in general, the amount of oxygen in the air decreases creating dryer air and reduced body hydration; leaving you with unhealthy food cravings, headaches and/or poor body awareness. To be more alert and make better food choices, drink more water! You can empty out the water bottle before a security check point and fill it up after, plus- you’ll save money on bottled water and help reduce waste!
- Keep a Food Log: recording what you eat is one of the best ways to stay on track. Make it easy for yourself and download an app (my favorite is My Fitness Pal) to keep track of your daily intake no matter where you are.
- Buddy Up: accountability is everything. Having a partner keeps you responsible and makes diet and fitness goals more fun. Not only have you set yourself up for success with a buddy system, you also have someone to share your excitement with when you hit your goals!
- Ocean Swim: take advantage of nature’s biggest pool and get a great workout. When it’s time to cool down from the sun, create a challenge for yourself and see how long you can keep your feet off the ground treading water (try three rounds and attempt to last a little longer each time).
- Walk During Airport Delays/Down Time: take a lap around the airport and browse the shops in your terminal.
- Book Hotels with Fitness Amenities: when traveling, it’s easy to get off your A-game and not put any time in at the gym. Be sure the location has some sort of fitness center or workout space so there’s no excuse to slack off!
- Pack for Fitness: if you pack gym clothes at the top of your suitcase, it can be a great reminder to hold yourself accountable for a workout.
(Original Source: 25 Summer Fitness Tips Straight From the Experts)