Hawaii has been nice as always.
There are a lot of things that I appreciate my life, and one of them is being able to do most of my work tasks from anywhere. Outside of personal and group fitness training, all I need for my other jobs is my laptop.
Even though I wasn't truly happy with my work when I wrote my dissertation and as a linguist, it gave me something very important. I'm glad that I can translate, write and even teach from whenever I am (thanks, Skype!).
This freedom means that I can also workout in great places.
Yesterday morning, I was up bright and early for a beach workout.
My Workouts Thus Far
I've worked out 3 days out of 4 when we've been here. It's been a good balance, and even though I want to workout more, I have to learn from my experience, if I don't want to get extremely exhausted.
So, here goes: My workouts on this trip thus far…
The first workout happened on the day when we arrived and was actually unplanned. I was walking at the beach, with no intention to workout at all, when I stumbled upon this cute little fitness park.
Of course I wanted to test it out and do a few pistols and chin ups! Well, that turned into a 30-40 minute practice, during which I did some Toes to Bars, Triceps Dips, Chin Ups and assisted Pistol Squats.
First beach workout in the books!
The next day was off to make up for the day before that was initially meant to be a rest day. Instead of working out, I rented a stand up paddle board and spent a few hours cruising with that.
I really like how chill and simple stand up paddle boarding is–while it may seem boring for some, I absolutely enjoy doing something at a lower pace and letting my mind wander any direction.
If you're afraid that it's hard to balance on the board, you may be surprised that it's actually quite a bit easier than it looks.
As much as I love high intensity workouts, I don't want to do them every day, because I simply get really exhausted and burn out. So, rest days like that have an important place in my workout schedule.
Besides, when on a vacation, I want to try different things–things that I normally don't do. Not every activity has to be a workout when on a vacation, finding ways to stay active is important.
On day three of my trip I did a high intensity workout, followed by a run.
First, I headed to the beach for a HIIT workout. Here's what I did:
3 rounds of
- 50 Sit Ups
- 40 Mountain Climbers
- 30 Plank Jumps
- 20 Box Jumps
- 10 Burpees
Unfortunately, I didn't get to film this video. If you give it a try, remember that that's a HIIT workout: Do al exercises as fast as possible, while maintaining a good form.
And the run after that was awesome! I don't do as long runs as 10K all that often nowadays, but there's something so special in running here that the time passed by really quickly.
Which is not surprising. Here are some views and places that I saw on my run:
The 10K run felt pretty effortless and just what I needed after the workout. It was truly enjoyable!
Yesterday morning, I was up bright and early to get in a beach workout before heading to a conference (which is the main reason that we're here for).
Because the conference venue is about an hour drive away, we had to head out really early to be there on time. That meant that my alarm went of before 6am and my workout couldn't take me more than 15 minutes.
I wanted to keep it really simple and quick, so I didn't even bring any equipment at all. You can do the same workout pretty much anywhere, but if you're doing it in the sand, throw your shoes off to make it even more challenging.
Interested in the workout? Here it is:
Lower Body Beach Workout
This workout is put together in a ladder fashion.
It consists of six bodyweight exercises. The great thing about this workout is that you can do this everywhere, and you don't need absolutely anything–not even shoes!
This workout is
- Doable for anyone.
You'll be doing 3-5 rounds of the following exercises. The number of rounds depends on how much time you have or how much you want to use. I completed three rounds.
- 50 Squat Jumps
- 40 Jumping Mountain Climbers
- 30 Air Squats
- 20 Front + Back Lunges
- 10 Squats + Tuck Jumps
- BONUS: 100 High Heels
Here's the video:
I hope you give this workout a try!
If you tried this workout, please let me know if and how you liked it. It should be simple to do, because it requires minimal time, and no equipment at all.
If you're still struggling with getting the workout done, even if it's super short and doesn't require any equipment, even shoes, there's ONE thing that I strongly recommend–Get the workout done first thing in the morning.
It may be hard, it may be uncomfortable, but if you know that there's no way you have time for it later (like I was my case yesterday), just get it done early. Then you don't have to think about it anymore.
There are more travel workouts coming your way, as we're staying for few more days. Come back to check them out!
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