As the summer season approaches, many of us are finding ourselves getting ready to gear up to celebrate a well-deserved summer vacation. Many times we approach the vacation with reckless abandon, giving up on our traditional diet routines and exercise workouts. Vacation time is often considered to be the best way to relax, and rejuvenate before needing to head back to the office. But exactly how can an individual maintain their fitness while on vacation? Vacationing in Moderation Who does not enjoy a quality vacation? Vacationing is the ideal way to kick back, and spent a relaxing time with family and friends.
It is very easy to eat tons of barbecues, and enjoy drinks without the need of wondering what will happen to our bodies when we get back home. However, it is important to take vacationing in stride, and do everything in moderation, especially eating. It is important to avoid any type of over eating, or consuming foods that are of poor nutritional value. Typically, it is easy to understand why we become so lethargic while on a vacation or trip. The same type of principle needs to be fully applied on the amount of alcohol consumed. While you have certainly earned the right to enjoy adult beverages while on vacation, getting loaded every night will not only hurt your waistline, but your liver.
Staying Active Most people look at vacation time is a time to veg out, and not consider exercise. However, taking an entire week off from daily routines, especially those involving high activity, can cause significant issues to your health. Even if there is no gym in sight, you can still produce a meaningful workout, by hiking the beach, going kayaking, and taking long walks to enjoy the great outdoors. Imagine substituting a daily session on the treadmill by incorporating other activities that produce the same results. Consider taking the entire family along to exercise, to enjoy the vacation in the outdoor environment. While it does not have to happen every day, staying active is an important part of maintaining routine, even while on vacation. By being more active, you will maintain your fitness and be able to get back to the routine, once you arrive back home.
Use the Surroundings It does not matter of your vacationing on the beaches of Hawaii, or getting lost on the Las Vegas strip. There is activity around every vacation spot that might include learning how to surf, taking to the golf course, or finding an exercise class at a local gym. While all of these activities work well in the summertime, what about taking your vacation in winter. There are just as many things to do during the wintertime, as in the summer. Consider making a small gymnasium on the inside of your hotel room, and perform calisthenics, push-ups and other exercise routines. No matter where you vacation, stay away from high cuisine every night of the week. Minimize the amount of food you consume, and increase the level of exercise, and you will fit better into your clothing, while getting back to your normal routine once the vacation has ended.
Stay fit and healthy. Here is a 20 minute work out schedule for you which you can easily perform in the comfort of your own home.
If you are busy, not able to get up early morning or have no time for gym just follow this 20 minute home work out to stay healthy and fit.
1) Jog : in one place for 3 minutes
2) Jumping jacks: 25 repeats
When landing, bend your knees slightly to reduce the impact on knee joints.
3) Crunches : 15 repeats
Lie flat on your back with your knees bent. Place your hands behind your head with elbows pointing outwards. Support your neck with your hands. Keep your neck in a straight line with your spine. Flex your waist to raise the upper torso from the mat. Lower yourself until the back of your shoulders touches the mat.
Muscle worked: rectus abdominis
4) Hip Bridges : 10 repeats
Lie on your back. With your hands at a 90 degree angle to the floor, lift your body off the floor to form a straight line, a sort of a bridge, from the shoulders to the knee. The position should resemble a table … your hands and legs as the legs of the table and your upper body to your knees as the surface. Hold this position for two seconds. Squeeze your gluteus (butt muscles) and then lower yourself.
Muscle worked: Lower back, hamstrings and gluteus.
5) Step – up’s : 1 minute
You will need a stepper for this.
Muscle worked: hamstrings, gluteus, quards.
6) Reverse crunches: 15 repeats
Lie on your back with your hands on your sides. Keep you knees bent. Bring your knees towards your head, till your hips come slightly off the floor. Hold this position for a second, and then lower your knees.
Muscle worked: lower abs and obliques
7) Mountain climbers : 1 minute
Get your hands and knees and raise your knees like a starting block sprinter. Run in that position, supporting your upper body with the palms of your hands. Keep your back straight.
Muscle worked: triceps, deltoid muscle, gluteus, quards, hamstrings, calves.
8) Push – ups : 15 repeats
Muscle worked: triceps, deltoids, pectorals.
9) Squat thrusts: 1 minute
Stand straight. Now, drop to a crouch position. Immediately thrust your legs out straight behind on your toes, in push up position, now jump to pull legs back to the chest, in crouching position , then stand up straight,
Muscle worked: arms, legs, chest, and lower back.
Cool down by walking around, till your heart rate starts getting back to normal, stretch.
A minutes rest is needed in between exercise. Proper form is important. Do not hold breath. Sip water during the workout. This workout targets the whole body, improves cardiovascular efficiency and tones and strengthens the body.
Whether coming from our jobs, personal life, incompetent drivers, or the soaring gas prices stress seems to be all around us, bombarding us with an over load that has us over worked, cranky, and restless.
The effects oprolonged stress on the human body can be devastating to our health resulting in migraines, muscle f aches, insomnia, digestive problems, high blood pressure, diabetes, weight gain, asthma, and heart disease along with a wide range of other health problems. Learning to effectively manage stress and adding regular exercise to your routine is a valuable part of stress relief which is vital to good health.
But do not worry, you do not have to make time to go to the gym or worry if your fitness level is not up for that aerobic work out, here are three of the best exercises for stress relief than can be done by just about any one at any fitness level, of course as always, before beginning any new exercise program you want to be sure that your health care provider has cleared you for exercise if you have any recent injuries or health care concerns.
Tai Chi is an ancient martial art form. This Chinese art has been practiced for centuries and is a perfect exercise for stress relief. Tai Chi uses very fluid and graceful movements that are slow and precise, focusing the mind and strengthening the body. It can be done just about anywhere by people of all ages and is fairly simple to learn. People who practice Tai Chi experience a better sense of balance, over all improvement in health, sleep better, and feel a since of clarity and improved mental focus along with the stress relief.
Pilates was originally developed as a method of rehabilitation for injured dancers and soldiers. Incorporating simple moves similar to yoga in parts, pilates stretches and lengthens your muscles, improves the strength and stability of your core (the torso), and is also very calming and soothing making it a great choice for stress relief. Stress relief is not the only benefit of pilates, you also get a longer, stronger spine, better posture, more graceful muscle tone, and stronger abs. And because a large portion of pilates can be done as a mat work out, it is great for people with special needs to consider that may make traditional exercise more difficult
If you would like something to get your heart beat going and improve your over all tone and health, along with giving you stress relief, water aerobics is another great choice. Unlike traditional aerobic classes, being in the water lessens the impact of the movements on your joints, legs, and spine. Being in the water makes your motions effortless, yet the resistance of the water provides a better, stronger work out. The calming sensation of being in the water offers great stress relief and gives you a wonderful work out for your muscles, weight loss, and cardio building along with the stress relief.
Whichever routine you choose, or perhaps some combination of the three, you will find great stress relief from starting a regular routine and the stress relief will only enhance the other great health benefits you will obtain.
I personally know what it is to struggle with weight and fighting to keep a healthy lifestyle. Knowledge with action will overcome those obstacles.