How to Keep Exercising While Traveling

Consistent exercise is fantastic for the body and mind. There is no reasonable debate about this because numerous peer reviewed scientific studies lay out the facts for us; exercising wherever you are is a good. But even though we know how healthy exercising is, we often have a difficult time staying consistent. There are many reasons for this inconsistency, and the advent of store-bought, ready-made cookie dough is just one of these reasons. Let’s take a look at a few things you can do to ensure you are able to exercise no matter where you are at.

Travel is something that throws off our exercise routines quite easily. Frequent business travelers have a very difficult time with this. Running or walking is one of the simplest forms of exercise and is one we should all be able to do. Running only requires a good pair of running shoes and the space to do it. Even a fifteen minute jog is better than nothing and will often give you just enough to feel more alert and ready to go. If you are staying in an unfamiliar area, running or walking is a great way to get to know the place while getting some exercise. Make your run adventurous and learn about your new surroundings.

Remember to pack your running or walking shoes and clothing that will be appropriate for the weather. If you find yourself in an extreme environment, remember to hydrate properly. This goes for cold as well as hot. Also, make sure you listen to your body and do not overdo it.

Many of us like to weight train, but we often find ourselves at a hotel with no gym. This is not a problem if you do a little learning beforehand. Bodyweight exercises are a great way to get in a good workout while away from your home base. I suggest getting to know some of the basic exercises that require no equipment. Exercises such as lunges, air squats, push-ups, dips, sit-ups, planks, jumping jacks, burpees and mountain climbers are just a handful of exercises that can be part of a great workout. Learn how to do these exercises properly while you are at home. This will get your form in order and allow you to develop your own on-the-road routine.

If you want to take bodyweight exercises one step further I would suggest looking into the TRX suspension trainer. I review the TRX on my TRX suspension trainer review page. This product is great for those that travel because it is extremely mobile and can be set up easily in a variety of places. This tool also lets you perform hundreds of bodyweight exercises while controlling how much of your bodyweight you are using. It is a great tool for beginners to advanced athletes. Hit that link above if you want to learn more about the TRX.

One final way to get a good workout in on the road is to hit the pool. If you are lucky enough to be able to access a swimming pool, you can do laps or water aerobics. Swimming is a wonderful full body, low impact exercise. Water aerobics is also low impact and great. These water exercises can help you work on your mobility, get that workout in and relieve some stress.

Remember that the key to keeping up your exercise routine while you are on the road is planning and commitment. Figure out how you will exercise before you go and pack your workout necessities. It is always a nice feeling to keep up your commitment to exercise even when your life get a little hectic with travel.

How to Stop Being Lame and Start Exercising

You know, in all honesty, I can only advise you on how to stop being lame when it comes to exercising. If you like to kick puppies, make children cry or traffic humans, you will have to go elsewhere to find out how to stop that lameness.

This post is going to give you some possibly much needed advice on how to start exercising. I personally don’t think it is possible that there is a human in American with an IQ over 70 that doesn’t understand that exercise is good for you. I don’t need to sell you on that.

What I may need to sell you on, is the fact that exercise will make you more productive, give you more energy and make you feel better about yourself. This is truth. Ask people that have made exercise a regular part of their lives. Better yet, ask someone who was once sedentary to a crazy, awful degree. They will set you straight.

So how do you integrate exercise into your life for the long term? First, do understand that it is not incredibly easy. It is also not incredibly hard. “That’s a stupid thing to say,” you’re probably thinking. Well life is gray. It is rarely black and white. You will understand and agree with this statement after you have gone from not exercising to exercising and feeling silly, fantastic on a regular basis.]

Starting the process requires inspiration and motivation. People who have known for years that their sedentary ways are killing them often point to one inspirational moment where it really clicked. That’s what it takes. Unfortunately it can be hard to falsely manufacture a moment like this. You can try though. Think about it.

Once you have the inspiration to start, you need the motivation to continue. Once you have continued for a period of 1 to 3 months, you have entered the zone of making it a habit. You are not home free though. Things like injury or travel can knock you off your routine. You’ll have to be conscious of this.

So once you’ve got that inspiration and motivation, how do you start? First, visit your doctor to make sure you’re ready for a change in exercise habits. It is also a wonderful idea to get a baseline reading of where your body is at. Get the major health tests done, cholesterol and such, and get your body fat percentage taken. This will give you a baseline to compare with and can provide another point of motivation down the line.

Once you know you are safe to begin a new routine, figure out what kind of exercise you will like doing. This is an important aspect in keeping you motivated. A lot of fit people love the activities and exercises they engage in. This keeps them motivated and they often don’t even think of it as exercise. If you think you might like bodyweight exercise, you should check out the TRX suspension trainer review from our site.

When you figured out what you like doing, you should learn to do it properly. Yes, this is extremely important. You do not want to get injured straight away. Get yourself a personal trainer or coach to teach you the right way to engage in your chosen activity or activities. You can use them for just a few sessions if you budget won’t allow keeping them around long term. May people find that a consistent appointment with a personal trainer is great motivation and a bit easier mentally.

You can also keep your motivation up by joining exercise classes or exercising with a friend. Nothing helps you give it your all like the motivation of another person. For inexpensive classes you can always check out what your community’s recreation center, YMCA or similar organization has to offer.

Finally, you must schedule time to exercise consistently. Schedule it like it is an appointment with your most important client. I mean really, who is more important than you and your health? Exercising has to be a priority. Making it a priority goes a long way in making it a habit and realizing all of the benefits it has to offer.

And one final note on injury and sickness. If you get sick, you should obviously take time to heal. But once you are better, keep your appointment to exercise. If you should suffer an injury that prevents you from engaging in your chosen exercise activity, try to find some way to stay active during your healing. Staying active during your healing time (if okay with your doctor) can actually help you heal faster.

So there it is. Find your inspiration and motivation. From there you can make exercise a part of life. Even if you don’t always love the exercise, you will love the benefits.

Exercise on Demand – A Review

by Claire

I recently found the Exercise TV channel On Demand. If you have got On Demand, go to On Demand TV, then to Free On Demand and find the Exercise TV Channel.

I have been doing at home video workouts for years. I have often combined them with exercises at the gym or in a live class. However, when living out of the country in a non-gym culture, I learned to rely on my ever growing collection of at home DVD workouts. Now, I am hooked! I learned to edit my at home workout experience by combining different portions of different workouts. For example I might use only the half hour cardio portion of a dance workout and pair it with a half hour sculpting series or even half of a Jillian Michaels circuit training workout. Or I might start with a half hour kickboxing workout and end with a half hour at home yoga session. And when I just need to get away from the TV, I have even memorized some circuits that I can do in my own backyard.

With this new cut and paste, create your own workout system, I have found myself much more motivated, stimulated and excited about my workout routines. So finding Exercise TV On Demand was like striking gold for me! With Exercise TV On Demand you can watch many of the most contemporary fitness gurus like Jillian Michaels, Jackie Warner, Chris Freytag, Billy Banks Jr., Leslie Sansone, Denise Austin, the trainers at Crunch and many, many more. There are also plenty of new series that have been recorded for Exercise TV exclusively—my favorites including the Burn series by Enviga and the 10lb Slimdown workouts. Most videos are only 20 to 30 minutes and perfect for mixing and matching. For me the best way to stay motivated and get the ultimate workout is to start with a pure cardio routine for 30 minutes and end with a sculpting strength training or yoga/Pilates workout. I am strengthening my heart and muscles for optimum health and metabolic boost.

If you do not have On Demand TV, you can go to the Exercise TV website and watch plenty of full length videos as well as purchase DVDs and downloads for as little as two dollars. You do not have to become an at home only exercise fanatic, but I do recommend checking out what this channel has to offer. I have found their short workouts especially useful after a relaxing weekend walk when I want to add a 15 minute weight routine to complete my day’s fitness or even on a hectic workday when I only have 25 minutes to fit in a heart pumping circuit training routine. The more ways you can diversify your workout routine, the better and Exercise TV can give you a lot of that diversification right at home.

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