It's hard getting in a good workout when you're on the go, especially around the holidays. Recently I traveled to Florida for Christmas and I tried to do whatever I could to keep moving in my free time. I biked around town, hit the local YMCA and attempted to do some Yoga. Holiday hours prevented me from getting my zen on, so I created my own boot camp on the fly. Luckily, I drove through Dunedin which has a beautiful causeway off the water with benches and grassy areas, perfect for an impromptu boot camp. After purchasing some killer gas station aviator sunglasses, here's how I rolled up my yoga pants and got moving:
Run .25 miles
Superset: Burpees and Box jumps (on a bench), 3 rounds of 15 reps each
Run .25 miles
Superset: Jump squats and v-sits, 3 rounds of 15 reps each
Run .25 miles Superset: Skaters and planks, 3 rounds of 15 reps and hold plank for 45 seconds
Now that I worked my way down the causeway, I had to head back to the car. To keep the HIIT (high intensity interval training) going, I decided to do some sprints. There were quite a few benches so I used those as my markers. I'd walk from one to another, and then sprint between the next two. I also messed around and had fun with karaoke, butt kicks and side lunges. I may have squeezed in a cartwheel or two, too.
Not only did I attempt to create an innovative, healthy workout, but I was able to enjoy an absolutely gorgeous day outside, all while having fun with it. I love working out in the weight room but sometimes there's more to a workout than the gym. Laughing, getting Vitamin D and a breathe of fresh salty air are also essential for a long healthy life. Do what you love and find ways to integrate your mental and physical health so neither one suffers.