On the Road to Exercise

Health is important to all of us and when we are sick or just do not feel good it can affect every part of our lives. Whether we take action to live healthy lives is up to each individual’s commitment level. The number one suggestion made by health professionals on the path to good health, or to lose weight, is to exercise. Here are some simple suggestions for getting some exercise while on the road.

Commit to exercising 5 to 6 days a week for 20 minutes a day. Pick a time each day that works for you, but be a little flexible. I like to exercise when I get home from work, but sometimes I have to alter this and that may mean a 9:00pm jog. Are you committed?
If you travel be sure to pack your tennis shoes, shorts/sweats, Versastick and of course your MP3 player. Stay hydrated by drinking 2 to 3 8oz cups of water during the course of the day. Take a few minutes to stretch before and after you exercise. This can eliminate possible injury or soreness the next day.
If you are staying in a hotel that has a fitness center and you like to treadmill, great. I normally ask the hotel clerk at check-in if there are any parks or jogging trails in the area. Plan on exercising for at least 20 minutes.

I found this neat, easy to pack, strength exercise kit this week called Versastick.  It only weighs three pounds and looks like it can provide a nice strength or cardio workout. It’s not practical to carry dumbbells around when I travel and this looks like it might be a good alternative. If you have tried this out please let me know what you think of it.

Here is an in-room workout you can do in 20 minutes that uses a good combination of muscles.
Do 3 sets of 10 each Squats/Push Ups/Knee Raises.
To get the most out of this I recommend doing 10 squats, then 10 push up and then 10 knee raises one right after the other. Rest for one minute, then repeat the cycle 2 more times. You are not going to make any big gains with this workout, but it could be a good alternative to missing your commitment.

All you need is 20 minutes a day and a commitment. If you have not exercised for a while or have not had an annual physical please consult your doctor and let them know you are committing to an exercise program.
Down the Road – Mike


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