No gear, no time, no space? No problem! Try these simple, yet effective, exercises
On a recent trip to Mexico, my plan was to hit the hotel gym so that I could keep up with my exercise regimen. Turns out, the hotel didn’t have one! But if there’s one thing I’ve learned on this journey, it’s that there’s always a way to squeeze in a workout, no matter what your situation. So I took my workout to the beach.
People may have been staring, but I didn’t care. I felt strong, confident, and toned. Plus, I was enjoying the gorgeous setting and the warm, Mexican sun. Here’s my beachside resistance routine I’m so happy I did while I was away:
Planks: Get into pushup position on hands and toes, or elbows and toes. Contract your abdominal muscles to prevent your back from arching or your butt from sticking up in the air. Keep your back straight and hold the position for one minute.
Hip raises: Lying down on your back, bend your knees and plant your feet on the floor. Relax your arms placing hands by your sides. While looking straight up at the sky, lift your hips and buttocks off the ground making a bridge with your pelvis. Slowly lower down. Repeat 15 times.
Squats: Stand with your feet shoulder width apart, hands on your hips. Lower your hips to the ground while keeping your back flat. Make sure your knees do not go out past your toes. Return to start. Do 15 reps.
How do you fit in working out when you are on vacation? Please share your stay-fit tips in the comments below.
Our 2012 Weight Loss Diary writer, Yasmin, is a 33-year-old web content producer who is looking to get healthy and love her body! Follow along on her year-long weight loss journey!