Ever take a few days off from the gym that turned into a week, then two weeks, then a month? By the time you mustered up the motivation to go back, your body had to start from scratch. You felt sore muscles and fire in your lungs from lack of endurance, and it had you cursing your workout instead of enjoying it. The only reason you pushed through was the pounds packed on around your middle and the giggle in your arms that you just couldn’t live with.
Avoid this scenario and don’t take a vacation from your workout just because you are going on vacation. On my last trip, I ran four miles, took a spin class the next day, did yoga outside the next, worked out to a DVD the day after, and so on.
My Fit Travel Workout DVD was shot around the world to prove you can get a workout anywhere, and my tips include wearing your sneakers on the trip to save packing room, and doubling your pajamas as workout clothes (sleep in your leggings and tank top then work out in them the next morning.) Once you have the gear, do these three things…
1) Motivate: Vacation mode can leave you lazy. I addressed this last week in an interview I gave to Woman’s Day http://www.womansday.com/health-fitness/diet-weight-loss/vacation-weight-gain where I gave advice on beating the lazy days of vacation. “Getting motivated to move may be your biggest travel challenge. So give yourself something to look forward to, like new music and audiobooks you can listen to as you sweat, says Nikki Glor, personal trainer in New York City and creator of the Fit Travel Workout DVD www.nikkifitness.com. And if you’re torn between exercising or reading that book you haven’t had time to open, listening to an audiobook while moving can address both desires.”
2) Print out some moves: I provided some moves from my DVD in this recent article for Bottom Line Health, http://www.bottomlinepublications.com/content/article/diet-a-exercise/get-a-full-body-workout-without-going-to-a-gym with photos and step-by-step instructions. Print and pack your clock lunges, tall squats, dip and rise, spinal extensions, triceps dips, and standing abs!
3) Need a workout buddy or instructor to take you through your sweat session? Bring a laptop, ipad or iphone and my 30 minute DVD or this short free sample video demo (no weights or gym equipment required) that I shot recently for KnowMore.tv Watch the demo: http://www.knowmore.tv/food-fitness/exercise/travel-friendly-workout-moves/
Nicole Glor is the founder and president of NikkiFItness. She is a 35-year-old fitness expert, author of The Slimnastics Workout, and the star of 8 fitness DVDs including Hard Core Abs DVD, Fit Travel Workout DVD, Booty Camp, The Slimnastics DVD, Red Carpet Runway Workout, Military Wife Workout, Baby Bootie Camp, and the Beach Bride Destination Wedding Workout (Amazon). Nikki’s workouts have been featured in over 100 national media outlets including the New York Times, Live! With Kelly and Michael, Fox & Friends, GMA Health, Shape, Self, Fitness, and Women’s Health. She is also an AFAA certified NYC personal trainer, group fitness instructor at Crunch in Manhattan, and a 200hr RYT YogaFit/Yoga Alliance trained yoga instructor. Her “Slimnastics” workouts focus on multitasking toning and plyomentric cardio intervals (HIIT- High Intensity Interval Training) to cut workout time in half and boost metabolism. Search for “NikkiFitness” on Facebook and Twitter, and get the free newsletters, music playlists, video demos and DVDs at www.nikkifitness.com