Exercising While Away From Home
Hello! My name is Courtney and I’m the author behind the blog Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life. I’m a 28-year old personal trainer and former elementary school teacher (you can read a bit more about that here if you’d like). I live up in Upstate, NY with my husband and high school sweetheart, Jay, and have lived here all of my life. When I’m not training, I’m most likely blogging, in the kitchen, or spending time with some of my favorite friends and family.
With the summer months upon us, many of you are probably planning to spend a little more time away from home. Maybe you’re visiting friends or family out of town, or maybe you’re packing up the beach gear and are heading to the ocean. Either way, your daily routine is most likely going to change, which means that something else will probably change…your workout routine.
For some people, going away on vacation means taking a vacation from everything – exercise included. While there’s certainly nothing wrong with that, I usually try to find a way to somehow keep moving while away from home. I know that it not only makes me feel better while I’m away, but it also makes it that much easier to get back to my regular routine once I get home.
Depending on where you’re headed, you may not have much equipment available. If you’re lucky enough to be staying somewhere like a hotel with a gym, then by all means, take advantage!
If you don’t have a gym within your reach, then take a little bit of time to scope out your surroundings. Are you staying by the beach? Then take a walk (or a jog) in the sand.
Sand offers more resistance than a regular hard surface, which takes more effort and will burn more calories.
Don’t have a beach nearby? Try checking out a website such as Map My Run. By simply plugging in your location, you can search for various routes nearby to follow, thus taking out all the guesswork!
If you’re anything like me though, I always do what I can to squeeze in some strength training while I’m away from home. I may not have my usual dumbbells with me, but I still get in a great workout with some bodyweight exercises.
These types of exercise are my favorite for a number of reasons: they not only tend to be a bit easier on the joints, but they also allow for a more natural range of motion, thus effectively improving your overall fitness.
Here’s one of my favorite “do anywhere” workouts. It’s super effective, requires no equipment, and works the entire body.
The Do Anywhere Workout
Complete all of the exercises in a circuit, working quickly from one exercise to the next. Repeat the circuit 2-3 times.
- Backward lunges, 12 reps each leg
- Mountain climbers, 40 reps
- Forward lunges, 12 reps each leg, focus on lower half
- Pushups (you can place your feet on top of a bench or chair with your hands on the floor to add an incline), 10-12 reps
- Jumping jacks, 50 reps
- Tricep dips, 12 reps
- Squats with oblique twist, 24 reps
- Standing knee crunches, 30 reps
Be sure to give this one a try the next time you’re away from home, and if nothing else, just take advantage of what you have around you!