Posted: Aug 3, 2012 11:11 AM by KSBY News, Carina Corral
Updated: Aug 3, 2012 11:16 AM
August is when a lot of people take vacations, but just because you are in some tropical paradise it does not mean exercise has to take a back seat to mai tais.
So we asked some of the Central Coast's top fitness trainers to weigh in on keeping fit while on vacation.
"Band workouts are very easy and effective. You can throw these guys in your suitcase and get a whole full body workout," said Lou Ferreira who trains at Kennedy Fitness and created the "Lose it for Life" weight loss program.
She sends her clients on their getaways with a quick band workout.
"You can actually hit almost everything with this band," she said as she demonstrated exercises for biceps, triceps, legs and chest.
Click here to see a full band workout.
Mike Robinson of MZR Fitness, who was named one of the top three trainers in the world by IDEA Health and Fitness Association, gives his clients full body workouts moves that can be done in a hotel room with no equipment.
One of his clients demonstrated a 'push-up with a leg lift', as he went down in the push up, he lifted one leg in the air and alternated each leg lift during the set. "You should feel this in the shoulders, the triceps, the chest, the stomach, the glutes, and the hamstrings," said Robinson.
Another one of Robinson's go-to-moves that works the whole body is called the 'woodchuck,' in which you hold an item above your head off to the side and move it down in a sweeping, diagonal motion to the floor. The item can be anything you find in your hotel room. "Water bottles, any kind of a book, anything that weighs between three and ten pounds," said Robinson.
The co-owner of Equilibrium Fitness for Women, who is also one of the coordinators of community health project HEAL-SLO, has another approach.
"Go kayaking, go on a hike, go bicycling down a volcano in Hawaii, go on a nice walk or a jog around the islands," said Julian Varela, whose point is that you do not have to be stuck in a routine or a gym to stay fit while on vacation.
"Scuba diving, snorkeling, jet skiing.. all of these things are physical activities and require a lot of energy and will help you to maintain your level of fitness even while you're on vacation," he said.
WebMD also has five simple steps to avoid weight gain during vacation.