Travel Fitness. Stay strong without a gym

Outdoor Workouts Have you experienced poor results when you work out after an extended break from your fitness routine? Unfortunately, our bodies become de-conditioned surprisingly quickly. Frequent travellers can avoid the disappointing “welcome back” workout and preserve training effects by doing maintenance workouts while on vacation.

Research shows that one to two days per week appear to be an effective maintenance frequency for those already engaged in resistance training.

All you need is a park bench and a resistance tube…The park workout

This workout combines classic strength training exercises with intensity training to challenge you without bulky training equipment. The circuit style will take your muscles to a high level of fatigue and will keep the heart rate elevated for cardiovascular benefits.

After a light warmup complete the sets in each workout two to three times before moving on to the next set, and take minimal rest in between. Finish each workout with gentle stretching and plenty of water.

Equipment required

A park bench, a grassy field, a medium-strength resistance tube, and a water bottle.

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Source: alive #332, June 2010

Author: Shari Zisk

Shari Zisk B.A., has been a fitness professional for over 20 years. She was born, raised and spent most of her fitness career in British Columbia, Canada. She now lives in the United States splitting time between Los Angeles and Atlanta. Shari writes full time about how to sweat, nourish and glow!

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