Been on the road for months? Finding out the “get all the exercise you need by walking” plan isn’t exactly cutting it? Nationally known fitness expert Kathy Kaehler has a few exercise tips for travelers and professional nomads alike.
One of the biggest precision fitness challenges for long term travelers doing the backpack circuit is the lack of equipment. That, and those of us in a hurry are often stuck with food choices we might not otherwise deem appropriate for staying in shape. I recently had the opportunity to chat with first lady of fitness, Kathy Kaehler about strategies travelers can use to keep things toned up during long term travel excursions. Wish I’d known these before I let everything backslide when we were on the road for six months. Oh well, next time I’ll have a shot at being prepared.
Grab a sturdy wall.
While reviewing your guide book book, map or travel brochure in the morning. Grab a sturdy wall and put your back flat against it while you slide down into a sit with your thighs parallel to the floor. This is great for strengthening your legs and tush, and doesn’t cut into your fun time at all. Since you have to set your agenda every day anyway, working in these wall sits is a seamless and equipment free way to multitask when it comes to fitness.
Use your own body as a weight.
Doing push ups on the floor, or against a wall or chair uses the natural weight of your body to maintain muscle tone while on the road without equipment.
Find a chair.
This one’s actually two tips in one. Chair are available in even the most humble of hostels. Simply squeezing in some stand up / sit down repetitions is a way to get some lower body work done with minimal gear. For those wanting to take it to the next level, using the chair to do tricep dips by gripping the edge of the seat and pushing your body weight up and down provides great intensity for travelers who are gym deprived, says Kaehler.
Don’t forget the stairs.
This tip is also a two-fer. The first (and simplest) tip is to simply take them whenever possible, avoiding elevators. The other is to use the stairs as a free piece of gym equipment while on the road. Alternate descending the steps as normal, with climbing up them sideways. Do two sets, and alternate the lead climbing leg each time to provide balance in your workout.
Do you have any tips or tricks to staying fit on the road? Let us know in the comment section!
Kathy Kaehler is a celebrity fitness trainer, busy mom of three and passionate about involving children in the process of healthy eating and cooking. You can find more of her tips and advice at KathyKaehlerFitness.Com.
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