It’s Travel Tip Tuesday! The next installment of our Travel Fitness Series is all about body weight workouts. It’s important to stay strong when traveling, and exercising not only keeps you strong, it releases endorphins for stress-relief and signals a jet-lagged body that it’s time to get up and start your day!
I teamed up again with my friend and personal trainer, Cassie, of cassiecoxfitness.com. Choose a few of the exercises below and do three sets of 8-12 each. Your body will feel awake and able before you know it, no matter how many time zones you’ve crossed!
***Always consult a doctor and fitness professional before beginning a new physical activity.
Proper form will work your upper body most effectively. If you can’t quite do a full-body push-up just yet, start out on your knees first.
2. Tricep Dips
All you need for this one is a chair, ottoman, or bed. Keep your core tight and push through the heel of your hand!
These are fun! You’re already a super traveler. Now pretend you’re Superman! This is a good one for your upper back and arms.Squeeze all your parts!
Your core is very important, so don’t forget about it! I find that if I can tighten my core, my whole body feels stronger.
1. Toe Touches
Keep your abs tight and reach for your feet!
This will work all your abs and more! Start by holding this position for 30 seconds, rest for 30 seconds, and repeat two more times. Keep your hips slightly up and your back straight.
3. Russian Twists
This one will work your whole core, but especially those obliques on your sides. Do them without weight, or grab a heavy book or knick knack from around your room to make it a little harder! Lift your feet off the ground to make it harder. Twist to one side, then the other.
1. Step Ups
These are just what they sound like! Use stairs, a stable chair, or ottoman to step up on.
Bridges really work your booty and your hamstrings. Start lying down with your knees bent so that your feet are on the floor or propped up on a chair or ottoman. Squeeze your booty and lift your body up. You can also do one leg at a time to make it harder!
Squats are so versatile, and there are so many variations! Be sure to keep your back straight and don’t let your knees buckle in. This will work your whole leg, but especially your thighs!
What are some of your favorite on-the-go, anywhere exercises?