My Travel Workout

TravelWorkout-1-2Traveling over the last eight months, especially after leaving Australia, left very little room for working out since days basically consisted of planning, site-seeing, and eating out while staying in small one-bedroom apartments or hotel rooms. Believe me that is not a complaint. I will happily not work out in lieu of traveling any day. However, those delicious local beers and homemade delicacies were starting to find a permanent home on my hips and butt so Justin and I crafted this do-absolutely-anywhere workout that is perfect for traveling or whenever you need a quick heart pumping 20-30 minute workout.

Bonus: I’m showing you how absolutely cool I look while doing some of these moves (yes, I apparently make that face while doing jumping jacks) and linking to a few of my favorite workout products. What is your favorite in-a-pinch-quick workout? I would love to hear as I’m always looking for a new way to spice up my routine! Also, I’m looking for a new workout watch since I lost mine while traveling. I’m loving this Timex or this Lacoste one on Chrono24 (homepage here), but wanted to see if you had any favorites to suggest! Let me know if you try my travel workout below and what you thought! 🙂 Happy Thursday everyone!

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TravelWorkout-1Target Burnout Tee (last seen here) | Old Navy Sports Bra | Under Armour Compression Capris (just bought these) | Nike Pullover (stole this from my mom a month ago, it’s sooo soft) | Brooks Shoes

TravelWorkout-2-2HERE WE GO!!!! WHO’S EXCITED?!

MyTravelWorkout2**Disclaimer:  I am not a health professional by any means. I’m just forwarding along my personal travel workout. Check with a physician before starting any new workout regimen.**

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Workout: Ab Challenges

Who wants to partake in this 11 week Boot Camp Challenge with me (aka keep me motivated and accountable) and work on keeping their New Year’s Resolutions to get fit?!?!  Don’t everyone jump at once! 🙂
(via Katie at Hungry Runner)

Boot_Camp_ChallengeBelow are two of my favorite ab circuits at the moment, just wish I would actually do them consistently so I could see the results!  Would love to hear if you try or have tried either of them and what you thought OR if you have suggestions for other workouts I should try!

PlankWorkoutLove this seriously fast yet super effective ab-busting 3-minute plank circuit that includes great pictures and instructions for each and every move via Nicole from Pumps & Iron

300_Ab_ChallengeThis 300 Ultimate Ab and Core Challenge from Random Antics will have your abs screaming (in a good way).  She too provides specific photos and details for each move which I found super helpful!

Hill Hell

Living in an apartment in a foreign country for only three months means no convenient gym membership or motivating bootcamp classes so we’ve gotten creative with our workouts.  One block away and across the street from our apartment is a hill overlooking the ocean and one of the beaches of Mooloolaba.

hill, workout, fitness outsidestairs, hill, workout, fitness, outsideWhat does that hill and it’s scenic view have to do with our creative conditioning?  That hill kicks our butts at least twice a week as we try to sprint up it and roll jog down, while the breathtaking (literally) view allows us to still enjoy living by the ocean and reminds me of wearing a swimsuit in public which makes me work even harder.

Maybe you don’t have the pleasure of a hill overlooking the ocean, but we all can think of one miserable hill in our town/city that would kick our butts and be perfect for this workout.  I know I can still picture one from every place I’ve lived (Bettendorf – by Mark Twain Elementary, Iowa City – by McBride, Chicago – by Lincoln Park Zoo).

What You Need:  A Hill or Stairs or Both

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The Workout:  Run up a hill at full speed, jog down, do a strength move, and repeat.

Personally:  I try to complete this workout of 10 hills and 10 strength moves twice a week.  I choose 10 strength moves from the list below prior to starting the workout to mix it up every time and to not waste time deciding what to do next during the workout.  I also time myself to see how quickly I get through the workout and to see any improvements (time and strength wise, can I do more reps/hills).

The KEY to this workout is to do it CONTINUOUSLY.  As soon as you reach the bottom of the hill – you are starting the strength move, as soon as you do the reps for the strength move – you are immediately running up the hill.  I mentally always think:  The quicker I do it, the sooner it’s over!

Favorite Strength Moves:  no weights required, the reps stated are what I strive to do

How I Feel After (Bright Red Tomato Face and All):

My Favorite Fitness Gear:  Old Navy Active Capris | Lorna Jane Excel Tank (cute here too) | Columbia Hat | Brooks Brothers Running Shoes

**Disclaimer:  I am not a health professional, just forwarding along my new fav workout**