WritersButt Wednesday – Workouts on the road and a recipe!
Happy WritersButt Wednesday! How have you all been this past week?
You all know that I’m away from home at my summer lake retreat on the lake. Because I’ll be away from home for over a month, I have to think about what sort of workouts I’ll be doing. In years past, I’ve brought a lot of equipment with me. I’ve even dragged my Olympic barbell and weights out here. But you can do a lot of working out with very little to no equipment.
This summer, I decided to go old school and bring just two pieces of workout equipment.
A kettlebell and my jump rope
You can do a ton of things with a kettlebell – swings, cleans, snatches, weighted squats and lunges. It’s an awesome piece of equipment. Also, where I stay has a very steep private road that goes down to the house. While I’m here, I do a lot of hill sprints. Nothing will kick your butt (literally) like some steep hill sprints.
People ask me all the time what they can do while traveling. You can get a great workout in anywhere, even in a hotel room, EVEN if they don’t have a gym! Think of all the different bodyweight exercises you can do. Can’t think of any? Well … let me help!
Pushups – Squats – Burpees – Lunges – tuck jumps – situps – pike pushups – jumping jacks – jumping lunges – mountain climbers … just to name a few! You can mix up various things with different reps and see how much you can get done. You are only limited by your creativity.
10 push ups, 15 situps, 20 squats – repeat for 10-15 minutes and see how many rounds you can get it. Or – choose to do a set number of rounds, like 5 for example.
5 rounds of: 10 burpees followed by 25 jumping jacks
Or count down from a starting set of 10 reps down to 1 rep of Burpees and jumping lunges. So you’d do 10 of each, then 9, 8, 7 … all the way down to 1.
Make it hard so you will be winded fast. You shouldn’t have to workout longer than 15-20 minutes max, as long as you’re pushing really hard. Then go and relax in the hotel’s hot tub. I encourage you not to get stuck into thinking you need a gym with a treadmill or an elliptical to get a workout in.
Use your body as your machine! It’s an awesome thing.
Now that we’ve worked up a sweat and an appetite talking about all those burpees, how about I share a recent dinner I made. Salmon packets alongside grilled asparagus with a fresh salad topped with crisp bell peppers and creamy goat cheese.
I love the beauty of fresh colorful food. It’s like heart-healthy art!
This salad could not be simpler. Just fresh romaine, sliced bell peppers and crumbled goat cheese. Dressing is my usual of extra virgin olive oil, splash of vinegar, kosher salt, cracked pepper and a generous sprinkle of dried minced garlic. You can use any spices you want. A tip for you — try to use the same spices/flavoring in all the components of your meal so that it marries well. For instance, in this dinner I used lemon zest and juice on the fish and on the asparagus and even squeezed a little on my salad. It was so fresh and smelled divine!
I know a lot of people are nervous about cooking fish. I was too. Lately our favorite way to eat fish is what we call ‘fish packets’. For this dinner I used salmon, but you can use tilapia, halibut, whatever. Cut a piece of heavy tin foil large enough for your fish and some cut up veggies. Put your fish in, season with olive oil and spices. I like to put in sliced lemon and often I’ll put in cut up veggies like zucinni, squash, onion, carrots … whatever you like. You can cook these in your oven by placing them on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes. The timing will depend on how thick your fish it, etc. You can also cook these right on the grill. YUM-FACTOR overload. Trust me!!
So, tell me some your creative workout ideas you can while on the road. I know you all can think up some great ideas! Have a great week my friends!
Posted on July 25, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged blogging, fitness, Ginger Calem, health, recipe, workouts, workouts on the road, WritersButt, WritersButt Wednesday. Bookmark the permalink. 20 Comments.