So a few weeks ago I was visiting the tundra…or I mean Minneapolis, Minnesota…for Christmas.
This was close to a two week trip which I knew would end up including delicious treats and potential inactivity, in addition to a lack of free time.
I must say that the idea of potentially messing up my hard work was definitely not appealing, nor an option really, so I made the choice to not let this happen.
Therefore, I didn’t let it happen!
I feel like you shouldn’t have to let your hard work get messed up while visiting home either, so down below I have outlined a few of the traditional, and not so traditional, ways in which I stayed active and continued to workout while in Minneapolis!
But first, let’s talk a bit about the resources I had available to me and the ones I didn’t…
A lack of resources…wah wah
I must say, I didn’t have many resources available to me while visiting…
This is what I didn’t have:
- a gym membership in the area
- cardio equipment or weights available to use at home
- warm weather to run in
But I DID have the following:
- friends and family who wanted to schedule our time around fitness related dates
- a dog who needed to get some form of exercise (yes, Callie did fly home to MN with us!)
- a desire to not let almost two weeks away from my normal routine ruin my progress in the gym
How to stay fit when you don’t have a gym….or time really
So, here’s the moment you’ve been waiting for! The five ways I managed to fit in activity when I didn’t have a gym available, and really had very little time in between seeing friends and family to fit in exercise.
1. Baby it’s cold outside
So, as you can imagine, it’s really cold in Minnesota during the month of December!
We’re talking 15 degrees fahrenheit on a good day. So it probably won’t surprise you when I say that I hate being outside, and definitely refused to run outside during these conditions.
I guess this is where having a dog who is use to going on daily runs in addition to staying at a house without fenced in back yard comes in handy. I was forced to run in the cold with Callie. MY. WORST. NIGHTMARE.
Well, it wasn’t that bad actually. I ended up taking Callie out for her run/play in the snow eight times, and each excursion was a minimum of half an hour!
Think about how many more calories were burned because we brought Callie with us to MN. If it wasn’t for Cal I probably would have spent that 30-60 minutes sitting on the couch instead of being active outside.
2. Hitting the barre with my bestie
Next up was a good old fashioned barre class with my gal pal Sara. I was so happy when she suggested that we take a class before or planned dinner date.
On average you can expect to burn somewhere between 400-500 calories during a barre class which made this the perfect activity before downing some Noodles and Co mac and cheese!
3. Shop until you drop
Being that we were visiting during Christmas, hitting up the mall was inevitable…especially since I hadn’t done any Christmas shopping before arriving in MN.
In fact, I managed to make it to the Mall of America twice in addition to three more trips to other local malls.
I’m not sure how many miles I logged walking around the mall, but I do know that I spent about 12 hours walking around malls while visiting. That’s impressive in my opinion.
4. A family that sweats together stays together
Next we have a little family hangout with my mom and brother. I was hoping to fit in a good round of weight lifting during our stay, and man did I do just that!
For a little bonding time we went to one of my favorite Minneapolis gyms, Discover Strength! Now, if you’ve never heard of them, they focus on lifting until your muscles reach failure. This type of workout only lasts 30-45 minutes, but it’s good!
A typical session includes and all over body workout, and you can expect to perform one set of each workout until failure. I must say that I always feel this workout in the morning!
5. Running away with the circus
Last, but not least and definitely not to be expected, was my friend date with my bestie (everyone is my bestie I guess) Brittany. We got to spend an entire weekend hanging out, shopping, making amazing and healthy baked goods, and going to circus class!
Brittany has been attending trapeze class for a few months now, and is quite amazing in my opinion. I must say that I was ecstatic when she got us trapeze classes for my Christmas present.
I’m not even going to pretend like I know how many calories I burned during this class, but I can say that my arms were so sore the next day! I managed to work some muscles I never knew I had. Plus we had so much fun! I got to learn some tricks I never thought I would learn, and got to see some of B’s awesome skills!
When it comes to staying fit while visiting home it can be done! You don’t need access to a specific gym or tons of free time to make it happen.
All it takes is a little planning with friends and family, and in my case, getting over spending more than five minutes outside in the cold.
Until next time,
P.S. What are you favorite ways to stay fit while visiting home??
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