When traveling, or not, it is important to plan for things. Things like how many pairs of jeans you are going to need, or what kind of snacks you want for the airport, or where you want to go out to eat while you’re out of town.
All of these components are important and I always remember to do them. I also think it’s important to plan out how I’m going to stay active. Now, before I dive into this post, I want to say that I NEVER used to plan workouts into trips away from home. Leaving home meant vacation and vacation meant a bi-week for me and the gym. But, listen, the tides have changed. This whole “lifestyle thing” means that I plan workout while away. It’s not always easy and I certainly don’t always stick to the workouts I set, but mostly I try to go with the flow. It’s all according to the plan.
In my suitcase, I packed my Garmin running watch, my Ipod, a resistance band, p90x plyometrics dvd. See? All the tools I need to stay on track.
Today, I decided to give my upper body some attention, so I followed a resistance band superset that I created before my trip! See, jot it down and just do it!
I always thought resistance bands were for wimpy rehab people who weren’t allowed to lift weights. Well, these little guys may look wimpy, but they pack some power!
My arms were screaming!!! I guess my red band was either medium or hard level because after one set of tricep pull-downs (using my boyfriend’s chin-up bar thing) I was amazed. They really worked! I loved the ease of packing the little band in my suitcase. I felt like I got a pretty good little workout in even if I am “on vacation.”
Resistance Band SuperSet
Set 1: Tricep Pulldown/Lateral Raise
Set 2: Bicep Curl/ Bent Over Row with a wide grip
Set 3: Standing upright row/ 3 minutes of planks and crunches (without band)
Do each move in each set back to back performing 3 sets of 12-15 repetitions. When you have completed one set, move on to the next.
I have spent a day at Michael’s apartment by myself so now I’m going to plan for our trip to the store when he gets home from work!
At least I can tell him I wasn’t completely lazy today 🙂