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Exercising when you travel is key to maintaining your health.

Of course exercising when we are not traveling is crucial too….that goes without saying, even though I just said it! Anyway, traveling can be brutal on the body and can wreak havoc on maintaining your idea weight. By nature when we travel we eat out more and eat richer foods. Our calorie count tends to go way up, and for most people their exercise level goes way down! This is not a good combination!

Everyone knows I am a maniac about maintaining my exercise routine when I travel. What this means is that I find a way to work out pretty much every day. I just came off a stretch where I was away from home for all but nine days in a five week stretch. Given all the places I was, I had to be creative in getting a good workout in. The aerobic part is not so hard…worst case, I go for a brisk walk, if I don’t have access to any equipment. The resistance training aspect is a little more challenging.

Of course at worst, push-ups and crunches in general, can keep your tone level maintained. But I like to do more than this if possible, so the first thing I look for is a playground nearby (that I can walk to within 2-3 miles). Then I do my 1-2-3 workout. So here it is in case you want to use it or modify it based on your fitness level.

10 pull-ups/chin-ups, immediately followed by 20 dips, immediately followed by 30 crunches. Rest 1-2 minutes and repeat until you do 10 sets.

This will take about 30 minutes in total and when you are done you will have done 100 chins/pulls(vary the grips), 200 dips, and 300 crunches. You will be worked to the max for the day. If your fitness level is higher than mine, than just up the reps you do…maybe do 15-25-40….if your level is a little below, set your reps at a level that you can do but will push you.

Try it. It is an excellent way to keep your fitness level up away from home.


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