By: Samantha Bingaman ’17, University Recreation & Wellness Group Fitness Instructor
Summer often brings with it the opportunity to rest and relax — and you should certainly indulge in some R&R to recharge your batteries. Even if you’re headed on a vacation or perhaps preparing to study abroad, you’ll have more energy to enjoy all that those experiences have to offer if you can find a way to be physically active. This may be more challenging than usual as you’re away from the resources campus has to offer, but it’s not impossible.
So even if you can’t exactly pack a set of dumbbells in your carry-on, packing some creativity and a sense of adventure should do the trick. Follow the tips below and watch your experience transform!
- Hit the gym…online! If you have access to Wi-Fi, then you have access to a gym. Log on to YouTube and type in any form of workout imaginable – boxing exercises, abdominal sets, cardio circuits, yoga sessions, even how-to dance classes. You will find an endless assortment of exercise videos that suit your fancy. And the best part — you can work out on your own time and at your own pace. There are also websites like yogaglo that specialize in a specific type of online exercise videos.
- Get back to basics. Don’t underestimate the power of good old-fashioned push-ups and sit-ups. You really can get a great workout using nothing but your own bodyweight. Create a circuit for yourself using traditional exercises that we grew up learning in gym class: incorporate lunges, mountain climbers, jumping jacks, squats – and remember the crab walk? A few sets of those can get your blood pumping substantially. Greatist offers a great resource center for bodyweight exercises and workouts.
- Take a hike (or bike, or run!). Pack a pair of sneakers, and your options are limitless. Lace up and go explore. Increase the intensity of the workout by varying speeds and terrains, adding agilities, and wearing a backpack for resistance training. Interested in knowing the distance you covered? Try mapmyrun.com for distance calculations and more. You’ll be getting a workout while also experiencing your surroundings in a whole new way — not through a lens, screen, or car window.
Traveling and being active don’t have to be at odds with one another. Combine exercise with your R&R to make the most of your summer!