Keeping Fit on Vacation

Many people believe that just because they are planning to go on vacation their exercise routines have to come to a screeching halt. However, many places you travel to today has a least some form of workout facility to keep you fit during your vacation. Quite often many hotels and resort destinations have a fitness center and pools available for guests and usually for no additional charge. But, what if you’re staying in a motel, condo, B&B or some other type of lodging that doesn’t provide a fitness center? Don’t despair; usually finding an alternative type of exercise routine to keep you in shape until you return home is easier than you may think.

A few months ago I was in this exact situation. An associate of mine, Bill, provided me the opportunity to spend a week in his beach front condo located in a fantastic little island in the southeastern part of Georgia. Bill is semi retired and began a hobby as real estate investors a couple of years back. He spends his free time traveling the country to attend county held tax sales and focuses his effort on tax lien investing. Last year he took a vacation to Savannah, Georgia and while he was there he attended the counties monthly tax sale. He was able to purchase the tax deed to a great condo on Tybee Island, one of Georgia’s barrier islands. Tybee Island is a vacation destination for beach lovers and it was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.

Bill’s condo was perfect, a great view of the beach and ocean from the balcony, it is located in a quite spot on the island and the property sat directly on the beach. However, I was a little concerned since the resort did not have any type of fitness center and I felt I wouldn’t be able to exercise while on vacation.

As I began to look around the charming community of Tybee, my worries quickly vanished. I quickly discovered the island has two public parks (one directly across the street from Bill’s condo) with tennis and basketball courts, a volleyball area and hiking and biking trails throughout the island. In addition, there were tons of activities on the island to provide plenty of exercise. Some of my choices included swimming in the pools or ocean, paddle boarding, wind surfing, surfing, kayaking and several more plus, I found a YMCA on the island were I could purchase a one week pass for only five dollars a day if I wanted to hit the weights. Needless to say there were far more activities available that I had time to enjoy. I enjoyed daily jogs on the beach; biking around the island, a few visits to the YMCA and now I found a new activity that I thoroughly enjoy, paddle boarding. Thanks to Bill I discovered a new vacation destination that I plan to return to as often as time will permit.

Taking a vacation doesn’t mean that you have to put exercise on the back burner. Just a little exploration in your new surroundings can quickly reveal many ways for Keeping Fit on Vacation. Even if the place you’re staying doesn’t have a fitness area, you can always take a walk around the area and enjoy sights.

Are You Too Tired for Exercise?

Are there some days when you just dread the though of exercise? Do you approach your daily workout with fatigue and lack of motivation? Maybe you just need to alter your routine to get back on track.

Too tired to exercise: Try exercising first thing in the morning

If you feel too tired and lack motivation for exercise in the evening, set your alarm about a half hour early and get your exercise routine out of the way first thing in the morning. An early morning exercise routine will help energize and motivate you to keep you going the rest of the day. In addition, you will look forward to a relaxing evening knowing that you have accomplished your daily goal. This can be a very easy solution to the issue of being too tired to perform your work out.

Too tired to exercise: Just Do it Anyway

Many times the ideal cure for fatigue and stress is a vigorous session of exercise. Did you ever notice that you can visit the gym exhausted but after a half hour of exercise you feel energized and revitalized? There’s nothing like good hard exercise to get your blood pumping and eliminate fatigue. If it’s too difficult to get motivated to make that visit to the gym, promise yourself a little reward after you’ve completed your session. However, refrain from making that reward a jelly donut!

Too tired to exercise: Ease upon your workout

On the days you’re just too tired to exercise, use a lighter, less rigorous routine. To get motivated to reach that first step, tell yourself that you will only exercise for short amount of time, say fifteen minutes. After the fifteen minutes have passed chances are you’ll feel invigorated and you’ll want to keep exercising.

Too tired to exercise: Change up your exercise program

If you feel fatigued and lack motivation for exercise on a particular day, change up your workout completely and do something fun. Rather than spend a half hour on the treadmill at the gym, take your dog for a brisk walk or jog, or do a half hour of stretches while watching a T.V. show. You can get back to your schedule the next time you work out besides; the change will have a positive impact both physically and mentally.

Next time you’re too tired to exercise or just lack the motivation give these tips a try. Before long you’ll no longer use the old excuse I’m too tired to work out. In addition, you’ll look and feel like a million dollars.

Skiing is Great Exercise

You’ve been there. You know you need more exercise and you are going to do it this time. You will have no more failed attempts to get yourself in shape. But you still must choose the form of exercise to do. You think to yourself that it would be nice to have a program that can be done inside or outside and year-round. Besides that, you would like a program that does not wear you out but will still work all muscles the in your body.

But wait! This sounds just like skiing! Not only that, there are also many types of skiing. You’ve seen it: folks riding a chairlift, hopping off, turning and gliding downhill. They’re all bundled up in their ski outfits. Some crash and tumble one or more times before they reach the bottom. Their skis are raised cockeyed and their face is blasted by a freezing wind.

The downhill skier is the one that mostly comes to mind when someone mentions skiing. The most popular places we hear of where the world travelers and famous people ski are The Alps, Aspen, Telluride and my Favorite Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico.

We all are excited that skiing has become a wide open sport that many folks can enjoy all year and benefit from it physically too. It is a beautiful sport to keep your heart healthy.

These ski areas usually have chairlifts that lift you to the top to descend down extreme and not too extreme slopes. Snow can either be actual or man-made. No need to worry about getting cold as you will get warm as your activity increases.

The sport is rather easy once you get used to it. However day one is no walk in the park. Do not be surprised if you tumble quite often. It would be wise to take ski lessons and do not be surprised if you find downhill skiing to be rather expensive. When estimating the cost of a ski trip, one must consider the price of lift tickets, costs for ski site trips, renting or buying the skis, and the ski clothing costs along with sunglasses. However you probably won’t mind the cost once you experience the thrills and fun of skiing – all after you learn to ski of course.

Maybe you would prefer cross-country skiing. This is much more strenuous then with downhill skiing. You have no assistance outside of your own in this type of skiing. You cannot get uphill by a chairlift because there are none. However you probably will not tumble down mountains as steep as with downhill skiing. The cost is much lower compared to downhill skiing. You can obtain trail passes and rent the skis at much lower prices. More than likely you will not need any lessons and if you do they will not cost as much as downhill skiing lessons either.

A type of cross-country skiing that needs a different sort of skis is known as “skate.” While skis make this type of skiing much easier, you can also “skate” with traditional skates. You gain speed by doing the same actual movements as those of ice skating. The learning curve is not too steep however you must realize that it is tougher than with traditional cross-country skiing and much more physically challenging. You also need trails broader than with cross-country in order to really enjoy this type of skiing.

Then for those who like thrills, there is a type of skiing in which you can fly into the air from jump slopes prepared exactly for doing just that. Your endurance and flexibility will be tested on this one. This type of skiing will definitely put a pinch on your finances just as will alpine skiing. Alpine skiing is a type of skiing that allows much faster runs with fewer twisted courses.

Snowboarding is known by the skier having one wide ski without poles and it reminds us of surfing. There is also a type known as ski boarding which has skis used without poles that are shorter and broader. The ski boarder experiences some of the same thrills as with in-line roller skating or ice skating. It is much easer to pick up this type of skiing than the traditional types because of a ski board’s maneuverability.

It is apparent that there is a type of skiing for everyone to enjoy. If you do not like to be in the cold then cross-country skiing is probably for you. If you like leaping into the air and hitting the slope with great impact and speed then ski jumping is probably for you. But be smart about it: invest in some lessons.

The Essentials for Health and Fitness

To accomplish a good cardio-vascular workout all you really need is a good pair of running shoes. Most cardio-vascular exercise needs little or no third party apparatus to help you accomplish your routine. Running, dancing, walking can all be done with no equipment (well, if dancing, then maybe some music would help). Other forms of cardio are step, circuit training, bike riding, swimming, aerobics and more. Some individuals want to burn a few extra calories during their workouts, the addition of a weight vest, hand weights or ankle weights will help to burn some extra calories.

With most exercise you should always remember to warm up first and cool down afterwards. This means gently stretching and moving your muscles to start off with. Suddenly moving into full exercise without building up first will cause problems such as stiffness and cramps. Ease yourself into it. Then after exercise, the cool down is basically gently moving the muscles and joints to stretch and relax, as your body returns to its normal pace.

Running:

Make sure you have a good pair of running shoes. The technology put into these shoes nowadays is highly researched and designed to reduce shock to the feet, ankles, legs and back. So don’t skimp on these – you get what you pay for.

Before you start your run, be sure to warm up first. Start with a brisk walk ensuring you move your arms vigorously gradually breaking into a slow jog. It is better to run at a speed to which you can still converse. If you find yourself losing breath, slow your pace down until you’ve recovered. If you are a novice runner try running and walking, until you can hold your run for 15 minutes.

Now increase the length and time of your run by a couple of minutes every other time you hit the road or treadmill, until you can run for 30 minutes without stopping. Try to increase your run time by 10% each week, remember not to over do it and don’t forget to warm down at the end of each by slowing down gradually. When your run is complete stretch your legs for 30 seconds per muscle, hamstring, calf and thigh.

Cycling:

Cycling is one of the best ways to get a good cardio-vascular workout.

First of all, if you are riding on the roads safety is paramount, always use the appropriate safety equipment when road riding. You can stay fit by riding a bike to work, most people work within a five mile radius of there place of work, which is a perfect distance for a bike ride.

Exercise bikes can be used in a variety of ways, general riding for specified length of time, this is like going for a bike ride with out the dangers of road riding and the weather. Warm up riding you can use an exercise bike for warming up the legs before a leg workout. Also exercise bike classes, these classes are taken by an instructor, who will put you through various levels of pace, quite like a circuit training exercise with a bike.

You may find it surprising to find that riding a bike five miles 3 times per week will improve your heart rate, your posture, skin and weight control. Some even say that riding and running are great ways of relieving stress.

Swimming:

One of the best ways to firm up and trim your body down. Due to the resistance the water has on the body swimming involves all the major muscle groups this allows the body to burn up to 20% more calories than swimming through air. Swimming a few lengths per day will keep you fit and give you an excellent workout. Swimming also has less impact on the joints than say, running.

If you wish to take your swim a little further try picking up the pace of your swim, you can work up to a great aerobic exercise and give your body an excellent workout.

Start off by swimming 1-2 lengths at a time resting between sets if necessary, after you have swam ten lengths call it a day. The next day repeat the process until you can swim five lengths without a break. Progress to ten lengths in by adding an extra length each time you return.

You can put together your own cardio raining routing in the gym, if you have a problem with this then the staff on hand will write one for you and show you how to achieve your goal. Try to make your cardio last between an hour and an hour and a half. A good start point for cardio is always a run.

This cardio workout will work for a person of medium fitness, however adjust the times and pace according to your fitness levels.

1. Run at a light pace for 20 minutes, start off at a walking pace and gradually move to a run, this helps you get warmed up and the blood pumping.

2. Rowing machine- set the rowing machine for a countdown time of 15 minutes or keep a check on your watch or the clock. Start off with a slow rowing motion to get the pace up, maintain this steady pace throughout the full 13 minutes and use the 2 minutes to slow the pace down.

3. Move immediately on to exercise bike take a stead paced ride for 12 minutes with a sprint finish for the remaining 3 minutes.

4. After the exercise bike move directly on to the step climber for a period of 15 minutes climbing on a light level to get the legs going. Try to move at a swift pace for the full 15 minutes as this is the last of the leg work you will be doing.

5. When you have completed the step climber, move onto the abs bench for some crunches. 4 sets of crunches to failure is your target for this exercise. Try twisting your body and touching your left knee with your right elbow and vice versa.

6. The last exercise in this quick cardio workout is the leg raise apparatus. Bring your knees up to your chest for 3-4 sets for as many reps as possible (failure)

After the completion of this cardio workout, remember to do a full warm down by stretching the muscles. The full workout should take you around 1 hour 20 minutes.