I always struggle when travelling, having a near fixation of not losing the routine of early morning exercise, with the accompanying benefits of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). Most hotels, even those high end ones with incredible facilities, protect their equipment to the schedules of ‘supervisors’ and ‘gym instructors’ being around. Accordingly the early start is often not early…and shutdown late evening is hardly that. It all begs the question of getting Optimum Exercise When Travelling.
Our main focus here is a shortened, but more frequent exercise routine, repeated three times a day, for optimum Mitochondrial health! Research has shown that among older persons, almost 400 genes work differently after High Intensity Interval Training! Much more than younger persons. It drives home the ‘never too late’ for Exercise…With Seniors taking in an added Mitochondrial advantage…remarkably!…Keeping with the absolutely overriding message of this Web site….Mitochondrial health is paramount for arresting the devastation of Insulin Resistant Disease. But more about all this another time.
This article, with much thanks to a Mercola YouTube video, also provides practical, modified solution for Optimum Exercise When Travelling!
In the past I have been driven to using Hotel Rooms…and for weights even used books! If that weight room is available then go for it but if not…less or no weight provides the same benefit for all intents and purposes. Also try to switch up horizontal positioning, taking a maximum advantage of gravity…thus longitudinal press ups and trunk curls…concept is that blood ‘physically’ crosses the proverbial brain barrier! Practical conditioning problem, as a last resort one can jog and throw in ‘wind’ sprints as a substitute…but find that unless this is part of your normal routine, results can include rapid stiffness and soreness… which is annoying on vacation! Maybe intersperse every four days, but easy on sprints…keep horizontal push ups outside hotel…they frown on their lobbies used! Try the following for indoor or outdoors:
- Warm up for three minutes
- Exercise as hard and fast as you can for 30 seconds. You should feel like you couldn’t possibly go a further few seconds
- Recover for 90 seconds
- Repeat the high-intensity exercise and recovery seven more times…eventually, but start with just two or three repetitions.