If you are planning to hit the road (excitement building) or are already travelling (lucky buggers) you might already know it can be physically demanding as well as wonderfully relaxing all at the same time. There are the activities of setting up camp frequently, packing up camp when you want a new destination and a different view when you wake up tomorrow, there is also the driving which can be very exhausting and demanding on all the muscles in the body. Then lets add in the adventures you want to have like the walk to the lighthouse, or through the rainforest or up that hill to capture the beautiful view.
So, you might be following my drift a bit here, when I say that exercise is the key to achieving all those things. Not only that, but exercise has shown to reduce the risk of many chronic disease such as Type 2 Diabetes, osteoarthritis and cardiovascular disease. We’ve all been told we need to eat well and exercise to live a healthier and longer life, but where do we start.
Commencing an exercise program can be very daunting and overwhelming. What exercise is best, how much should I do, which ones are safe for any pre-existing conditions I have, how do I avoid getting injured. These are all questions that might go through your mind.
Here are 5 simple tips to consider if you are carrying a bit of extra weight or have not exercised in a while and want to get or stay…. Fit 4 the Road.
I recommend low impact aerobic exercise when you first commence, start walking on flat ground. This will get the muscles and your cardio vascular system working.
Start by increasing the time and then the distance. Slowly building up your tolerance to exercise ensures you reduce the risk of injuries.
ADD SOME RESISTANCE TRAINING
You knew I was going to say that…didn’t you! But the research shows that resistance training 2-3 times per week combined with aerobic exercise is optimal for weight management. Start slow, using some of my body weight programs I have posted as well as the modifications I have posted at times (message me if you missed them).
REACH THE PHYSICAL ACTIVITY GUILDELINES RECOMMENDATIONS
We need to aim for 150-300 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week (As recommended by Australia’s Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviours Guidelines).
DISCOVER THE JOY OF MOVEMENT
Exercise should become part of your daily routine. With all the beautiful sites to see while we are travelling this great country, it would be a shame to just sit in the van or see them from the car. Get out and explore. Make it fun, make it social, you never know who you will meet while you are out walking or at the park.
If you have any questions about where to start, then drop me a message or join me for a workout. Hope to see you in your travels staying Fit 4 the Road. Kerri