Jen from Cross Conditioning Training here!
Coming straight to you from Isle of Palms. The fam has decided to take an entire week to relax. it has been almost two years since this family of five has traveled solo on a vacation without visiting someone, taking grandparents, or made a quick 2-3 day trip. It is the vacation we have all looked forward to. I have had many people ask me if I will work out while I am out of town. I will tell you my plan and then I will share a few thoughts on deciding what you want to do when you travel.
I did not bring any exercise equipment with me other than a pair of running shoes and some workout clothes. I am training for a marathon, so I will run three times this week. None of my runs should take much longer than an hour. I had a hard training week last week, so this week I get to deload. There has been some thought in looking at a potential location in Mt. Pleasant, so yes, I am looking at what other fitness is down here and potentially taking a class somewhere. Other than that, I’ll let my NEAT time suffice.
What’s NEAT? Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis. If you are new to CCT, I have talked about this before. (NEAT) is the energy expended for everything we do that does not include sleeping, eating, or exercise; and ranges from simple things like standing and fidgeting to moving about. While exercise is important, NEAT time can be a game changer for maintaining a healthy active lifestyle.
Here’s my thought. Almost everyone who works out at CCT has a pretty consistent pattern of movement – spending 2-4 days a week at CCT and typically walking, golfing, playing tennis, riding a bike, playing with kids, you get my drift on the other days. Taking a week to go on vacation and not feel like you have to be so consistent can be super important to avoid burnout and injury. Most of you know you will get back at it when you get home. There is no need to feel guilty about not getting up to be on a virtual class or checking in to the fitness center on the road. My hope is that you can find joy in exploring a new place (by foot or bike), try a new activity that may be harder or easier than you expect based on you current activity level, and find ways to stay active without having to call it a “workout.”
I’ll be back Sunday. In the meantime, have a great week!
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