It’s back to school time but I’m still thinking about our amazing August family road trip! From Toronto to Philadelphia, Virginia Bean, Charleston, Pensacola, Dallas, Kansas City to Chicago and back home again! There was no particular destination; the journey was the destination. And isn’t that a perfect metaphor for how we should include fitness in our lives? The point is not in any particular workout, its in making sure that we’re still moving and having exercise as part of our lives for the long haul. For me (and I hope for you too) fitness and exercise is part of my life’s journey. I’m not thinking about trying to attain a certain dress size or body fat percentage or number on the scale. I love teaching my classes and my clients – I have fun working out with them and I want to be able to do this work that I love for a really long time! Running around with my kids, long family bike rides and hikes with the dog – these are the things that make up my life and I want to have the strength and mobility to do them pain-free for as long as possible. I’m not interested in working out until I feel like I’m going to puke or pass out. I’ve been there and I don’t enjoy it so I don’t see the point in it.
So it probably won’t surprise you that I didn’t work out too much while I was away. I did fit in some hotel gym workouts and we did some family workouts in our hotel rooms along the way. They were mostly 30 minute workouts focused on getting my heart rate up and getting my body humming – a little glute wake-up before a long car ride too! Just feel good, sweaty workouts! Like this one:
DB Front Squat x 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
Double Bent-Over Row x8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
DB Reverse Lunge x8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 (per side)
Mountain Climber Push-up x8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 (always perform one push-up – the number indicates how many mountain climbers per leg)
Rest 1 minute between sets
DB Snatch x10 on left
DB Front-loaded Step-ups x10 on left
Repeat on right
But what about food? Well I can tell you that we definitely ate a good share of BBQ in Dallas and Kansas City! But while we were on those long interstate stretches, we completely avoided the usual fast food chains. Honestly – not one meal at a burger and fries pit stop. Instead we got off the highways to enter the small towns along the way to find a restaurant or fruit stand. We filled our cooler bag with fruits, nuts and yoghurt and when we needed to stop we’d take a longer break somewhere that we could eat freshly cooked meals. Lots of salads with a variety of protein sources. Our kids fell in love with tacos on our trip as we enjoyed as many Mexican restaurants as possible! We knew that eating greasy fast food would make us feel groggy and make the long stretches of driving near impossible. So we focused on foods that would fuel and energize us. We kept a football and our baseball gloves in the car to burn off some extra energy during our breaks. Sometimes we just ran sprints! We had fun, we enjoyed the journey.