by Carolyn Forte
Summer travel can easily disrupt your health and fitness routine. Being on the road, often moving between two or three places over the course of one summer, presents a variety of challenges when it comes to staying fit. You have limited space, you may not have access to a gym, and you're probably living and working on a totally different schedule than what you're used to. But you don't need to throw your healthy lifestyle out the window during the summer months!
My advice: set simple health goals, allow for flexibility in your routine, and bookmark the following resources for inspiration and motivation. Most importantly: have fun and don't be afraid to mix it up a little bit!
1. Jenny, from the healthy living blog, Peanut Butter Fingers, has tons of workouts listed by category on her site. She even has a separate Travel Workout section for awesome, no-equipment-needed sweat sessions! Go to pbfingers.com to try them out!
2. The Blogilates YouTube channel is a treasure trove of fun, quick, Pilates fusion videos. You can mix and match 3-4 videos to create your own workout -- search by category (Pilates, HIIT, cardio) or by body part (arms and back, abs, legs, etc..).
BONUS: Sign up for the free e-newsletter and Cassie will send you a password that lets you access a month-long fitness calendar. That way, you don't even have to think about what to do. Just follow the playlist for the day and know you're getting a good workout in!
3. Daniel and Kelli, from Fitness Blender, have over 500 workout videos, with a focus on HIIT and cardio. Go to fitnessblender.com for customizable workout programs, or visit their YouTube channel whenever you're looking to get sweaty!
4. BeFit and PopSugar FITNESS are two of my other favorites on YouTube. Try the dancer's bodyweight workout or the Jillian Michaels 30-day shred on BeFit. PopSugar FITNESS has playlists of 40, 30, and 20-minute videos - so even when you're running frantically between rehearsals you can still fit in a quickie workout.
5. The Nike Training Club app (for iPhone only - sorry Droiddroid users) is free and gives you access to tons of audio workouts, even featuring some from celebrity athletes like Hope Solo. You have to create an account, but from there you can personalize your options by selecting your fitness level and goals ("get strong", "get lean", etc...) or browse through workouts by type. Some require equipment and some don't, so check the description box before getting started.
BONUS: The app lets you synch your own music from your phone, so you can study your roles while you do your burpees!
6. If you're all about basics, check out the 7-minute workout. Modeled on a study that was reported in the New York Times a few years ago, there are now multiple apps that mimic this workout formula. These apps guide you through basic bodyweight moves that, when done together, target all your major muscle groups. Some are free, some cost a few bucks. Just search "7-minute workout" in your app store! Do these exercises on their own, or add them on to your cardio workout -- run 7 minutes, follow the app exercises, run 7 minutes, repeat the app workout, and run 7 more minutes, for a super simple and effective cardio interval workout.
There you have it. Try and recruit your roommate or scene partners for motivation and accountability, and have a fit and fun summer!