I just returned home from several days of travel with my family. This time of year it seems a lot of us are out and about on the roadways and flying in the sky, traveling to visit family and take our summer vacations. When I am out of my normal workout routine, I have to try extra hard to find ways to fit fitness into my day. So here are some of the silly, but totally effective things I did to keep myself on track during this road trip... At every rest stop, I ran three laps around the service center and did a series of three minute plyometric jumps on the curb. I also did 30 squats every time I had to take my three-year-old daughter into a public restroom. While my husband pumped gas, I did push-ups on the bumper of the Jeep, and every morning I did about half an hour of Pilates in my hotel room, including the Side Leg Lift Series and two sets of Hundreds (my favorites). I also threw in about 10 minutes of standing ballet barre work at the bathroom counter every morning while I did my makeup and my hair. Last but not least, I planked and I planked and I planked everywhere and anywhere I could get away with it. I found that keeping myself on a "normal" fitness routine really helped me keep my food choices on track as well. I made a conscious effort to eat healthy foods, which can be hard to do when you're traveling. I didn't want to waste all the hard work I was putting in. I figured if I'm gonna make a fool of myself all day, I want to see some results! I'm happy to say that it did pay off. I was able to keep myself right on track all the way through the trip. But getting back into my studio this morning, and getting back onto a Pilates Reformer machine sure did feel good. It's nice to know that the next time we take a trip I'll be able to do the same thing and maybe even spice it up a little more. I have to put my thinking cap on. Suggestions?
AUTHOR: Cara Krupa