When we were in Winnipeg recently, we tried out a new lower body circuit workout. When we are travelling, we make a conscious effort to keep active, through walking and regular workouts. It helps make the trip more enjoyable, keeps us on track for our fitness, and helps offset any extra calories that we might consume!
In our lower body circuit workout, we completed 6 exercises, for 3 circuits (i.e. a total of 18 sets). In between each circuit we took a brief rest period. Here's what we did:
- Swiss-ball rollouts (if you don't have access to a swiss ball, perform a Jungle Gym hamstring curl or a hip bridge instead)
- Pistol squats
- Jumping lunges
- Foot-up lunges
- Speed squats
Even though this was (mostly) a bodyweight workout, it was still challenging. The trick to maintaining the intensity is in pushing yourself to complete a sufficient number of reps, moving at a purposeful fast pace throughout, and minimizing your rest periods. We were pleased to have brought our Jungle Gym XT on the trip with us. It easily fits in our luggage and really expands the number (and complexity) of exercises that we can perform. Even without one, you can do a great bodyweight workout while travelling. Give it a try - it's worth the effort and your body will thank you for it!
- Tannys & Alex