Summer Circuit
By Paul Bunting

Well it seems as though summer is here again in full force. For some of us that means the kids are home with not enough to do, and it is time for a vacation. Vacations are relaxing as well as rejuvenating, but for most of us this means a vacation from your exercise program. Granted taking a week off every three to four months is healthy, while looking for reasons to not exercise is not.

If you are an exercise junkie who is going on a vacation and cannot afford to not exercise please read on! Not having access to a gym or free weights can be a deterrent for exercise but there are always ways around road blocks such as that. To begin with walking can be a lifesaver.

Eating habits usually tend to be a lot more relaxed (best way to put it) during vacations and the best way to get over this is to walk it off. Take that extra walk in the evening on the beach, or walk to the other side of the amusement park instead of taking the trolley. This is one of the easiest ways to burn the calories that you may acquire from those tasty meals, and you'll enjoy the scenery at the same time.

Next step is to go through a basic NO WEIGHT (sounds fun right?) exercise routine. A great way to get this kicked off is with the legs. Standing squats is a great way to get a nice burn on the legs and maintain tone and definition. For this exercise all you need to do is stand with your feet at a shoulder width apart, knees slightly bent, and all the pressure on your heels. Make sure that your shoulder blades are kept together and you chest is sticking out. Leading with your hips lower your body just as you would to sit down. Make sure not to elevate your upper body more than a 30-degree angle forward and proceed down until a 90-degree angle is achieved with your legs. As for your berating make sure to breath in on the way down and out on the way up. Repeat this until you feel a nice burn in the legs.

Working calves is about the easiest thing you can do. Simply find a flat platform where you can support your hands on a wall. Putting your hands on the wall for balance raise your body up to your tiptoes. Repeat this movement until you reach failure. This is a great way to tone the calves and maintain shape.

Chest is also simple. Ever hear of good old-fashioned pushups? Well pushups are a great way to get a great chest workout. Make sure that your body position is as follows, back flat, and butt down shoulder blades together and chest sticking out. Always remember to breath in on the way down, and out on the way back up. If you are not that great at pushups you can get on your knees to do this exercise. If you have no problem doing pushups you may want to do them with your feet elevated. The higher your feet are elevated the more of the upper chest the pushup works. Starting with your feet on a chair is a great way to begin. You can also work the triceps with pushups as well.
Holding the hands close together will produce a great triceps burn. This is going to be a lot more difficult to get a high number of repetitions this way so you may want to get on your knees to get a good amount of repetitions in.

As for biceps this is also an cinch. Ever hear of suitcase free weights? The bags that you packed to travel make great weights. Another way of looking at your luggage is as your very own personal gym. Maybe this is not the most pleasant thought, but luggage can be a great exercise tool. Simple pack or unpack the luggage to the point where you feel comfortable lifting it and you an do one arm biceps curls with your suitcase. This also works great for one arm bent rows!

So no matter where you are you can exercise. All that is needed so a bit of creativity and the will to work out. You may even surprise yourself at the quality of workout you can get with virtually no equipment. With this in mind have a great exercise filled vacation!

About the Author
I am a Fort Lauderdale, Florida based personal fitness trainer.
For the last 12 years of my life physical fitness has helped me
Overcome a great number of obstacles and excel at sports.
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