Being away from home and a normal routine shouldn’t mean your activity level suffers. This is especially the case if you’re traveling for leisure rather than work. For me, exercise is about a healthy mind, not just a healthy body. It balances my mood, keeps any anxiety down, and while traveling gives me peace in maintaining some type of routine. While I am on vacation right now, I wanted to share a circuit you can do while traveling for business (or other reasons) too, with hotel equipment.
Right now we are vacationing in Jamaica for my in-laws 50th Wedding Anniversary! Kind of a big deal. We are here with my brother and sisters-in-law, their spouses and our nieces and it’s the first time we’ve all been together since Tim and I got married about 4 years ago! With everyone living in different areas on the east coast with busy schedules, it’s hard to get together so it’s quite a big event right now! There’s plenty of flexibility going on – we are getting plenty of fresh and healthy food prepared for each meal but I’m choosing to be flexible with some margaritas made freshly w/ mangos on the property and local lines and oranges. I don’t mind skipping dessert so I’m choosing my splurges wisely!
On Sunday, our first full day, Tim and I did a short ocean swim in his gorgeousness past the buoys:
We’re lucky enough at Harmony Hill to have a very adequate gym with lots of brand new equipment. You can find similar equipment in many hotels and resorts now though – this year on trips to Austin and Portland, they even had TRX in the hotel gyms! After our swim warm up I did a modified “six zone” training. Six zone is the 35 minute circuit training offered at the Newtown Athletic Club. You spend 5 minutes at 6 different stations with a minute in between to recover. Everytime you come there are different exercises at each station (usually rowing, agility, bosu/kettle bells, something with box jumps or dumb bells, and trx). Based on the equipment in our gym, here’s the six zone circuit I did on day 1. The extreme humidity kept my intensity a little lower than normal but it was still a great way to move in the middle of a relaxing day! At each zone, you repeat the exercises until the 5 min are up.
Zone 2: 1 arm dumb bell bent over row X 15, 20 squat jumps, 1 arm up right row to overhead press
Zone 3: 15 Bosu squats squats, 10 Bosu push-ups, 20 Bosu rotating obliques, 10 Bosu side plank dips each side
Zone 4: 12 “box jumps” on bench, 15 Kettlebell swings, Explosive alternating step ups, 15 KB Up right row
Zone 5: 20 v ups with weight, 30 Bicycles, 10 long Jumps
Zone 6: 15 cable biceps, 15 cable flys, 20 supermans
No matter the exercise, you get what you give but I always say, 5 minutes is better than zero so do what you can and enjoy the benefits! If the above is too much, check out the short “morning yoga circuit” in this post!