August 29, 2011

motivation on the road

Over the weekend we were in Omaha visiting family.  That of course was lots of fun, but gave me a good 'ol excuse to skip a strength workout on Saturday.  I thought about working out, honest I did.  Friday night (around 10pm, nothing like waiting until the last minute) I got on the crossfit website to see if there were any good workouts I could do in the hotel fitness center quickly.  I saw things like 15 foot rope climb, toes to bar, double unders, and muscle ups.  Yeah, none of those were going to be happening.

If I had planned ahead, I might have been more motivated to actually put in some work.  There are plenty of exercises I could have done, even in the comfort of my own room (that requires it's own kind of motivation), but I didn't really have a plan before going to bed, so when I got up in the morning it was much too easy to decide another half hour in my pjs and eating breakfast with the fam was much more fun.

Don't get me wrong, sometimes you should definitely allow yourself to skip a workout in favor of family time or a special occasion.  Life can't be all work and no play.  But really, I had the opportunity to workout, I just didn't take it.


Thankfully Friday we spent just under three hours walking around the Omaha Zoo, and there was a great trail behind our hotel, so I was able to get in a five mile run on Sunday.  So the weekend definitely wasn't a bust in terms of exercise.  It is so much easier for me to be motivated for my runs, than for strength workouts.  That is something I need to work on, considering I only have one session left with my trainer!!  Which do you prefer, cardio or strength?

Do you workout while traveling?  What kind of workouts do you do?  Any tips for staying motivated to exercise while on vacation?

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7 comments:

amy@agoodlife said...

it is SO hard to work out on a different schedule! don't beat yourself up too much for missing that work out. in the grand scheme of things it's not gonna matter. just keep going! :)

Kelly said...

I am the worst about working out on vacation. I always try and find someone to do it with me to help stay accountable!

Ashley said...

Bring a jump rope!

The Bignon Family said...

I love youtube for 10 minute pilates videos!

Rebecca said...

I've been struggling to stick to my calorie budget and work out. During the week I do ok, but weekends are killer! Also I used to LOVE the classes at my gym but I quit my membership after my daughter was born because it was $$$ and I couldn't find the time to go. I think I may need to get back there because I really loved it and it got me to push myself. Wish I was a runner, but I'm totally intimidated!

Dee said...

I've been doing CrossFit for three and a half years and LOVE it! Try the CrossFit Travel iPhone app. It's full of workouts that you can do from home or a hotel room. Good luck!

Sharstin said...

Oh I definitely prefer cardio, but of course have to do the strength as well. I love going on runs on vacation, you get to see a place in a whole new way! This week we are in san Diego, and I can't wait to trade in the tights for shorts for a while:) There are great interval workouts you can do while on vacation with the burpees,knee highs, etc. that are really great. Hope you had a wonderful thanksgiving girly!!!