Exercise on the Road … No Excuses!

I’m in Las Vegas for my full-time job this week, and it got me thinking about how easy it is to just take a few days off of exercise when you’re on the road. It’s an unfamiliar place, you are probably not eating as well as you should be … so why not just skip it and start next week?

No! If there is a gym in your hotel – and even if there isn’t – there are still plenty of opportunities to keep up with your normal lifestyle. Granted, my body thinks it’s three hours later than it is, so that treadmill wasn’t too bad at 5 a.m., but I still faced machines much different than those I’m accustomed to. I’m recovering from a stress reaction in my foot, so I’m a little limited in my cardio options, but I was still able to walk on the treadmill with up to a 15% incline. Was it ideal? No. But I guarantee when I’m sampling the local gourmet Vegas fare later, I’ll be glad that I didn’t take the easy way out and skip it.

So, how can you still keep up with your workout when you’re on the road? There are a number of ways.

  • Research it! Find out if there will be a gym in your hotel, local walking/jogging trails, etc.
  • Don’t forget your shoes/gym clothes. Yes, it’s one more thing to pack. But it will also hold you accountable when you see them come out of the suitcase!
  •  Invest in a couple of DVDs. There are some great options out there, and if you’re traveling for work, you most likely have a  laptop with you on which you can play the DVD.
  • Find opportunities to be active! Can you walk to your meeting from the hotel? Are there stairs you can climb? Remember that every little bit makes a difference.

Working out on the road will never be as ideal as when you have a full health club at your disposal, but you have to make the best of what you have at your disposal. Pack your shoes and clothes, search for ways to get active, and stay healthy as you enjoy your trip!

Spinning Playlist – February 26, 2012

Fresh off the bike … here’s the playlist from this morning’s class.

Note that resistance is based on a 10-point resistance scale

3-4 =Flat Road

5 = Light Resistance (“Beach Sand”)

6-7 = Medium Resistance

8-9 = Heavy Resistance

Warm-up: Flat road

Life on a Chain – Pete Yorn

Build #1: Starting light resistance, building up to heavy resistance

Hot ‘N Cold – Katy Perry

Night of Your Life – David Guettaft.Jennifer Hudson

Hello – Martin Solveigft.Dragonette

Funhouse – Pink

Build #2: Starting light resistance, building up to heavy resistance

Bombs OverBaghdad– OutKast

Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) – Kelly Clarkson

Forever – Chris Brown

Give Me More – Britney Spears

S&M – Rihanna

Build #3: Starting flat road, building up to heavy resistance

Tonight – Enrique Iglasias

I Can Only Imagine – David Guettaft.ChrisBrown and Lil Wayne

If We Ever Meet Again – Timbalandft.Katy Perry

Lighters – Bad Meets Evil

Cooldown: Very light resistance

Not Over You – Gavin DeGraw

Someone Like You – Adele

Introducing Strong-Fit-Beautiful

Welcome to Strong-Fit-Beautiful!

For more than 10 years, fitness has been an incredibly important part of my life. I’ll admit that it wasn’t easy at first – I vividly remember those first couple of jogs around the track my junior year of college at Clemson University. I thought it was a miracle when I finished an entire two miles without walking … and didn’t die.

It almost seems like a lifetime ago. I joke that running was my “gateway drug” – once I discovered how good that runner’s high could feel, I found myself running almost every day. Things seemed to snowball from there: once I graduated from college, I joined my first “real” gym, and started lifting weights. And Pilates. And eventually kickboxing. Eventually, working out had become my true love.

Probably four years after I started my fitness journey, I was given an amazing opportunity, and began teaching Pilates and PiYo classes. Shortly thereafter, I began working with a personal trainer, and suddenly things started to really click for me: in the gym was really where I felt I could be my best self.

Within the last two years, I’ve added Spinning and Piloxing to my teaching repertoire, and the sheer volume of health, fitness and nutrition books and articles I’ve consumed have only helped me to learn even more. Sharing my knowledge with others, whether it’s teaching a class, giving workout suggestions, or just answering questions, has become one of the most rewarding things in my life. It’s my passion. As a former group fitness manager of mine once told me, I’ve found my true calling in life.

Which bring us here today … to the beginning of Strong-Fit-Beautiful. My goal here is to share ideas, suggestions, and my thoughts on the world of fitness. Strong truly is the new skinny … and I have to say, strong is pretty sexy! I invite you to let me know what you want to see here, and how I can help you to not only commit yourself to a healthier life, but also to become stronger, fitter, and the best version of yourself.

So here’s to being strong, fit, and beautiful!