We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Pic is my medicine ball on our Cape Cod driveway. Garbage cans out - a decorative touch.
If you have invested time, money, sweat, and tears into a fitness regimen, it is depressing to learn that your level of conditioning will deteriorate measurably within 7-10 days if all you do is walk around for hours. Many people go for morning jogs but there are plenty of other morning calisthenics that can be done anywhere.
I have done it all, in hotel gyms, in the sandy driveway on Cape Cod, and elsewhere all over the place. Even in Maine. A light protein and banana shake after. There is no more invigorating way to begin an active day outdoors.
One observation: We Americans are fitness nuts by comparison to the rest of the world. It's cultural and, to some extent, class-related We (frequently) overweight Americans try to stay fit and vigorous until something strikes us down. In Europe, not much. In Asia, very little. How often do you see gyms or street runners in those places? An exception might be Switzerland, where I am told gyms are sprouting up on every corner in every town. Especially in Zurich, or course, because Zurich is like a mini-NYC but without the charm.
For a business meeting, a business speech, or a job interview, there is nothing like an hour of calis to prepare.
A few ideas below the fold -
- Jump rope - Jumping jacks - burpees - Lunges - Push-ups - medicine ball slams - medicine ball squat and press - crunches - band walks
I'd predict that an hour of those sorts of calis, alternating with run days with sprint intervals, will help minimize vacation strength and endurance loss. Another consideration is that it's not a bad idea to take a week off from heavy weights every several months, so calis are just the thing.
As my wife and I rolled our suitcases down the hall of our hotel in Glasgow last Thursday we passed the "Fitness Center" which had 3 or 4 people running on treadmills. We both laughed out loud. I guess if you go on vacation and sit on your ass at a resort stuffing your face at the buffet working out might be a good idea. On the other hand we had just spent 3 weeks hiking and climbing hills from one end of the country to the other. The last thing we needed was a gym.
Regular exercise is important, however, if you compare two people; one who has been sedentary all their life, who drank more beer than milk, with a high fat content and little muscular development; the other who has been physically active all their life, who drank more milk than beer, with lean and strong muscular development; a few days or even weeks will make little difference to the comparison.
This is a difference between people who exercise to stay in general, reasonable shape and people who exercise for hobby or flagellation. The former has no problem taking a vacation not only from work but from exercise.