Friday, July 22, 2011

Whether Business or Pleasure, These Tips will Keep You FIT While You’re Away!

Leaving town? It’s summertime, and that means trips to Aunt Becky’s for her 50th birthday, destination weddings, your company’s mandatory annual networking convention, or even a much needed vacation to palm springs.  Wherever your travels take you, these trips always have health and fitness “road-blocks”.  Below are a few much-needed tips on how to stay active and fit whilst you travel.
Besides being away from your home gym, trips away usually come with some indulgent eating and thus it is even more important to stay active.  In addition to fitness, traveling is a great passion of mine, so I am no stranger to the difficulties that traveling can present, but the one thing I can tell you is that where there is a will there is a way!  I always pack resistance bands, jump ropes and plan ahead!  The same way you wake up every morning to brush your teeth, wash your face, and make a pot of coffee, you should incorporate being active as part of your daily routine.

Whereever your travels take you, plan ahead. 
*This is easier than you think - as you check-in for your flight or before you pack up the car, do a quick Internet search on your destination and discover your fitness options.

1)    Find out if your hotel has a gym and also the facility’s hours
2)    There is no gym!! Find one nearby where you can get a day/week pass.
3)    Still No Gym?!!
a.     What about a park?
b.     Recreation center?
c.     Highschool or College? – Many schools have outdoor areas with tracks, pull ups bars, etc.
4)    Pick a realistic time to workout, when you know you will not be busy with family, in a meeting, or sightseeing.
5)    Set your alarm!
6)    Stick to the plan!
1)    Check online to find local gyms with the best deals.
2)    No gym!! Take it to the field! Find a nearby park, highschool, or college with any open space.
3)    Set a “you time slot” and let your friends and family know that at least one hour a day you will be working out/hiking/running.
4)    Set your alarm!
5)    Stick to the plan!
*What you will need: Resistance bands. Jump rope. Towel. Open area I.E. park, track, or even your hotel room ;)
1)    1 min of jumping rope
2)    15 push-ups
3)    15 resistance band squats
4)    12-15 resistance band bicep curls
5)    20 sit-ups

We have all taken a trip and let our fitness take the back seat, but so much about being healthy and active has to do with having a plan. So next time you are booking your flights to Imastayfit, Somewhere put some extra thought and time into finding out where your next workout will take you. 

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Manage life’s challenges with focus, planning, and strength, and you will surely come out on top!

It’s the beginning of a new week and boy oh’ boy are we in for a long one! We all look forward to Friday but all too soon Sunday comes, and before you know it Monday is at your doorstep with a bag of no mercy and a big smile. The iPhone alarm rings and you’re off!! Like a racehorse out the gate, you sprint towards that finish line only to do it again, week after week.
The week gets ahead of us and, in the blink of an eye your health starts to suffer while your favorite jeans feel a little bit tighter. Whatever our week looks like, we should all aim to make it as productive and stress free as possible. I cannot give you tips on how to make your job easier or your boss less demanding, but I can give you some fitness tips that will help you feel and look better and hopefully, in an indirect way, make your workweek a good one!


  1. Designate at least 3 days to be active for 45 minutes.
* Make sure the times/days that you plan on being active are least likely to have any sort of conflicts.

  1. Set challenging, but achievable goals for yourself.
* Run a total of 10 miles this week. Take a group fitness class you’ve been meaning to try. 20 pushups. 10 pullups. Take a trainer up on a complimentary session. Bottom line, Challenge Yourself!

  1. Diversify your workouts to burn fat.


  1. Don’t overexert yourself in a single workout.
*Punishing yourself on a Monday for indulging too much over the weekend doesn’t accomplish anything.

  1. Eliminate the excuses for not working out. Sometimes finding a workout buddy can help keep you accountable.


  1. Drink a glass of water with each meal/snack.

  1. Curb your sweettooth Monday through Friday. Avoid unnecessary sugars.

  1. Find what greens and veggies are in season where you live and incorporate them into your meals.

  1. Lighten up on the salt and try alternative spices and herbs to help add some flavor to your food.

    Tuesday, July 5, 2011

    Looking to do Something with the Little Ones?

    Summer is officially here! What a great time to be active!

    Did you know that the American Heart Association recommends that kids spend at least 60 minutes a day being physically active? I.E. Swimming, after school programs, team sports, and even some time on the playground.

    Fitness is something that is beneficial not only for adults but children as well. An active child is less likely to have weight issues later in life or develop illnesses brought upon by poor nutrition or a sedentary lifestyle. That is why it is extremely important to establish healthy, fun, and safe habits at a young age.

    Interested in learning more? Here is a great resource for kids and adults alike provided by the AHA. This site provides great ideas on activities, food, and so much more!

    Activities for Kids

    Fitness in the Making!

    Some photos of me as a baby. Active, even at a young age!