Well, my husband and I just returned from an incredible weekend away in BC on a retreat with a group of young adult cancer survivors. What an experience! Although we’d been a part of such experiences in the past, this retreat was different; the levels of openness and honesty astounded us, and this was our first time going with Mikey on staff as a part of Young Adult Cancer Canada (YACC). So grateful for the time to get away – isn’t that what we all need sometimes?
You can read more about our experience socially and emotionally here, at our “life blog,” but being as this is a fitness & food blog, I’ll change the content and grab my fitness-while-on-vacation thoughts from my mind and see if I can come up with something somewhat comprehensible! 😉
It is tough to stick with a program when you’re traveling. On the flip side, sometimes it’s actually good for your body to take a more thorough break from activity and exercise. As long as your days don’t go from hard workouts to complete inactivity, resting your body with cross-training movements and still practicing eating well can help your body heal, recover, and gain strength so that your workouts from then on are more enjoyable, fresh, and motivating. On the flip side, you always feel better when you’re active and moving and eating well (even with indulgences and fun treats!) rather than feeling too-full, bloated, and lazy. (As an aside, the food at our retreat center was unbelievable: organic, natural, options for gluten/wheat/dairy-free at every meal! It’s hard to watch your portion sizes when everything is so tasty and healthy! haha…and last night, straight from the airport, I went and took my Nutrition & Wellness Specialist exam…and passed! Wahoo! More on that accomplishment and what it means later) So, once again, it comes down to that happy medium in life and the word that we all strive for in every area: balance.
So…if you’re trying to stay active while on holidays, especially as the summer approaches, what are some things you can do? First off, visit my Fun Fitness page to see an example of a great “no props” workout that will have you moving and sweating without any equipment!
Another suggestion is just to enjoy using your body in the simple ways for fitness – rather than hit the gym like usual back at home, head outside for a run! I enjoyed several beautiful runs out in Abbotsford this weekend, some even in the damp drizzle that is the Lower Mainland. 😉 It felt great to take a break from the weights and the TRX and just enjoy running past green fields, noticing the cows, blooming flowers, and fresh air. I also loved the variety of activities this weekend that I might not otherwise do: yoga, making up games (like “Blockhead!”), and even using my voice, working on my posture, singing, and dancing!
Yet another activity to do while traveling or on vacation is something I challenge you all to do during the month of June:
- Hop on a treadmill or exercise bike and ride/run intervals for 10 minutes. Remember this is intense…not slow-read-a-magazine exercise! Try going fast for 1 minute, then slowing down to a recovery pace for 2 minutes. Hard for 1 minute, slower for 2 minutes. Or, try 3o seconds “on” and 1 minute “off;” then repeat for 10 minutes (and always remember to incorporate an easy warm-up!). If you’re walking on the treadmill, then crank up the hill factor every now and then – that’s what will contribute to making your 10 minutes really count!
- Do Burpees for 10 minutes! Killer!!
- Make up your own quick bursts of movement: side-to-side hops, stair runs, squat jumps, etc! Be creative, have fun with it, and watch the changes. Remember that those 10 minutes of vigorous exercise will get fit a lot faster and burn more calories!