I haven’t done a workout post in a while, and I especially love sharing fitness updates while I’m traveling because it means I am usually having to be creative and not relying on my yoga and sculpt classes at home. So I thought I’d take today’s post to give you a glimpse into the workouts I’ve been doing in England this month.
I have been very lucky to have a gym in the basement of the abbey. It’s fully stocked with treadmills, weight machines, and free weights.
Running outside has been near impossible with the condition my left knee is in, but for whatever reason, doing 25 minutes on the treadmill about four-five times a week has been fine for me since I’ve been here. I find it to be a great warm-up to strength-focused HIIT work and/or yoga. I like doing interval running the most. I usually start at level 5, and then increase by .5 every minute until I’m up to level 8, then go back down to 5 and do it all over again. This kind of running appeals to me more than one steady pace both because it does more for your heart and also it’s less boring. :)
When I’m done running, I generally spend some time with the free weights, or follow along to an exercise video on YouTube. If you’ve been reading for a while, you know some of my favorite YouTube trainers include Zuzana, Melissa Bender, and the PurelyTwins. But my new most favorite addition has been Christine Salus. I absolutely love her workouts (and her personality too!—which is sometimes a hard combination to find). This month I’ve enjoyed this tabata workout, this arm workout, and this 30 minute HIIT. When I have more time, I love her 45-60 minute long workouts.
I try to end my workouts with at least 15 minutes of yoga. I usually do my own routines with some pretty music in the background, but sometimes I watch yoga Youtube videos, like this one.
Being able to stick to a near-daily workout routine has been really helpful for my mental health. I had been struggling with feeling grounded even before coming here, so having that familiar consistency has been very helpful for me.
There are some days, however, that I don’t get to fit in a workout, which is something I struggle with both at home and while traveling. Taking rest days is a challenge for me. But I’m happy to say that I’ve made a lot more peace with it this past month. The days I haven’t been able to go to the gym have been the days that we leave early for big day trips to awesome places, like London, Stonehenge, and Bath. The idea of getting bent out of shape for not working out as I’m en route to supercool spots has, fortunately, seemed pretty foolish to me. My plan is to practice this kind of attitude toward rest days back at home as well!
What workouts have you been doing lately? What do you like to do when you travel? xoxo