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A perfect workout regime anywhere you travel

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It can be a challenge sticking to an exercise routine when travelling — especially with Christmas only one day away! However slacking off on your fitness programme will only leave you with extra pounds and stress to worry about when you return.

The holidays can affect your exercise programme but try and make adjustments to help you stay fit. An easy way to incorporate fitness is to book a ski trip, wilderness adventure or other fitness-related activities. One thing I like to do prior to travelling is search for local gyms and classes available in the area. If that is not an option, I will set aside some time in the morning and do several laps of the stairs, use the hotel gym or do a workout inside my room.

Exercise can be an enjoyable part of your trip and may actually add to the fun! To avoid feelings of regret and guilt here is a workout that can be done anywhere you travel and without equipment.

Set your timer between 20 and 30 minutes. Begin by completing six to 12 reps of each exercise. Complete as many rounds as possible also known as “AMRAP”.

1. Jumping Jacks: A great way to start as jacks increase your heart rate and stimulate blood flow

• High Impact: Spread your legs apart arcing your arms overhead. Bring them back together on alternating jumps

• Low Impact: Instead of jumping and putting your feet out, keep one foot on the ground and extend one out fully with each jumping jack, alternating between left and right feet

2. Mountain Climbers: This exercise is great at engaging the core and getting your heart rate up.

Place your hands and toes on the floor in a plank position like a push-up. Bring one knee up to your chest, then quickly switch legs or go slowly for lower impact.

3. Squats or Tuck Jumps: Squats are phenomenal for increasing leg strength and core stabilising muscles.

• Low Impact: Squat with knees behind your toes

• High Impact: Tuck Jumps. Start in squat position, jump as high as you can pulling your knees to your chest, landing in a squat position.

Stretch — Stretching can help improve flexibility and range of motion in your joints and decrease your risk of injuries.

After your workout enjoy your vacation by taking in the sights! Have a lovely Christmas, stay healthy and B-Active For Life!

Jumping jacks: Betty Doyling shares her workout regime while on the road. (Photo by Nicola Muirhead)
Stretch: Betty Doyling shares her workout regime while on the road. (Photo by Nicola Muirhead)
Relax and enjoy: Betty Doyling shares her workout regime while on the road. (Photo by Nicola Muirhead)
Mountain climbers: Betty Doyling shares her workout regime while on the road. (Photo by Nicola Muirhead)
Squats or tuck jumps: Betty Doyling shares her workout regime while on the road. (Photo by Nicola Muirhead)

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Published December 24, 2014 at 8:00 am (Updated December 23, 2014 at 11:44 pm)

A perfect workout regime anywhere you travel

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