Happy Friday babes!! How was everyone's week?! Mine was busy and I can't believe I leave for my beach vacay tomorrow and haven't even begun to pack! I'm totally procrastinating! Ahh!!
I am so excited to see my family and relax on the beach. However, I will admit I did have a moment of panic when I realized I wouldn't be going to the gym every morning. (Yes, I could find a gym and workout, but I don't really want to pay a hefty price). So I decided to share some tips on staying fit while on vacation!
There are plenty of movements that you can do with just your bodyweight and still burn calories and break into a sweat! HIIT workouts (High Intensity Interval Training) and I have a love hate relationship. I hate doing them because they kick my ass and I'm left gasping for air, buuuttttt, you feel great afterwards! (Once you peel yourself off the floor. Just kidding...)
| JUMP SQUATS |
Stand shoulder-width apart with your feet slightly turned out. Place your hands by your sides. Squat down, sitting back and spreading your knees apart. Keep your weight on your heels. Once you descend below parallel, explode up and jump as high as you can. Use your arms and swing them for momentum.
| SPLIT LUNGE JUMPS |
Start in a standing split / lunge position. Squat down and explode into the air, switching legs, and landing in the opposite stance. Alternate quickly, and jump as high as you can each time.
| BURPEES |
Start in a pushup position. As you rise, explosively pull your knees toward your chest and place your feet underneath your chest. (Think a hop) Then, jump as high as you can. Once you land, put your hands on the ground and kick your legs behind to return to a pushup position. Repeat as fast as you can. If you want an extra challenge, when you are on the ground do a pushup before exploding upwards.
| PUSH-UPS |
Get into a push-up position. Lower yourself down to the ground (careful to not have your elbows go flying out) and then push yourself back up. Your arms should be fully straight when you're up.
| PLANK |
Start in a push-up position or on your forearms. Your body should be in a straight line, parallel to the ground. Make sure your butt isn't sticking up in the air or that your back isn't arched. Hold the plank for time.
| SHOULDER TAPS |
Start in a push-up position. Then bring your right hand to your left shoulder and tap. Keep your abs tight and try not to let your body move with the tap. Put your hand back on the ground and then do the other side. Bring your left hand to your right shoulder and tap.
| SPIDER MAN |
Start in a push-up position. As you lower yourself to the ground, bring your right leg, in a bent position, to your right elbow. As you push yourself up, your leg goes back behind you. Then, the other side. Push yourself down, bring your left leg (bent) to your left elbow. Push up and return your leg to starting point.
| JOG / SPRINT / JOG |
Running intervals are great. You can do these outside or on a treadmill. Find a comfortable jogging pace and when you're warmed up, sprint for a set distance or time, then go back to a jog. Think of it as a ladder. Jog for a minute, sprint for 30 seconds, jog for a minute. Continue this ladder for a set amount of time.
There are so many other workouts you can do, but these are some of my favorites!! Always make sure you are warmed up prior to any extensive movements.
Do you have a favorite HIIT exercise? I'd love to hear it!