Flow

I just got back from one of my favorite trips of all time. My family and I went to Barbados with about 25 of our friends. It was one of those trips that you just can’t believe came together. How did 25 of our friends end up on the same island, at the same time? And, why do we only have 7 days together?  You know when you’re a kid, and you wake up at 6am cause it’s Christmas morning, and you just can’t calm the F down all day? That’s what this trip felt like. Everyday was a sprint that went by in a flash. I was incapable of just chilling out because it was finally here. 

Anyway, when you have all this energy, you need to find something to do with it right? I was all about the morning workouts and filling my day with activities. Every morning, the sun would wake me up, and my heart would start racing. Partly, because I would start getting anxious about wasting time on sleep and partly, because that’s your body’s physiological reaction when you consume way too many Banks beers and prosecco the night before. I didn’t want the anxiety nor did I want the hangover, so I jumped out of bed and tried to deal with them the best way I know: moving. It worked like a charm; by the end of it I felt fresh AF. I didn’t think I would workout so much on my trip but I got so lost in my morning workouts, that I just loved starting my day this way. I rarely smile when I’m working out but when you’re literally barefoot on sand, have the ocean on your right, Ririin your ears, and endorphins running through your veins, it’s pretty hard not to. 

Lucky for me, my friends were just as antsy as me, so in the afternoon we got after them activities. We spent one day surfing, one day sailing, boogie boarding, golfing, playing football, playing tennis, snorkelling, and generally just being in the ocean, battling waves whenever possible. The trip reminded me of what it was like being a kid - when you would just get lost playing. In the recreation and leisure world, they refer to this as “flow” a time where you are so consumed by the activity you’re doing, it is the only thing on your mind – basically a form of meditation. So no, I didn’t have your typical R&R vacay, but I rediscovered just how powerful activity can be in helping to escape our never ending thoughts. I felt fully present on my trip and I think movement had a big part in that. 

Anyway, since it is March break season I thought I’d share a few of my favorite travel workouts. I know some of you are thinking “f that I’m not waking up early on my vacation to workout” and I respect that. I would just challenge you to try it one morning and see where that takes you. It just might make you fall in love with fitness or remind you why you fell in love with fitness in the first place ;).


Workout 1 - 30 minutes: as many rounds as possible of:  
  • 1 length of the beach (run - the beach should ideally be .5 – 1k) 
  • 50 squats
  • 1 length of the beach
  • 50 pushups
  • 1 length of the beach
  • 50 lunges
  • 1 length of the beach
  • 50 sit ups
  • 1 length of the beach

*push yourself on the run, a quicker pace that your average 5K pace

*once you’re done, repeat until the clock hits 30 mins, or go grab that pina colada breakfast


Workout 2: Crouching Tiger
  • 50 squats 
  • 25 pushups 
  • 50 pistols 
  • 25 fingertip pushups 
  • 50 side lunges 
  • 25 knuckle pushups 
  • 50 walking lunges 
  • 25 diamond pushups 

*if you kinda suck at push-ups (like me), forget the fingertips, just make sure you’re varying the hand position, I alternated between close and wide hands


Workout 3
  • 4 Rounds
  • 500m run
  • 30 burpees
  • 30 leg raises
  • 30 jumping squats 

*If you have a bench or a rock, you can sub “box jumps” for the jump squats


Workout 4:
  • Sprint 200m, walk back, repeat 10 times.

Then...

  • 4 rounds
  • 15 side plank raises
  • 15 V-ups
  • 15 toe touches