Fitness on the Go In Lynchburg, VA

Do you feel like your fitness routine has to stay at home when you travel? The answer is no! With a little planning, you can explore a city and stay fit in the process. In September, my hubby and I attended the wedding of our friend’s son in Lynchburg, VA. We left on Friday after a half day of work. I got four workouts in for the week before we left. My goal is to get 5 to 6 workouts in each week. A few days before we left, hubby did some research online and found there was a Rails to Trails river walking/biking path right behind our hotel. Yay. Our hotel, rented bikes for only $5 per hour, double yay. Since the wedding wasn’t taking place until 5:30 pm, we had all morning to explore Lynchburg and take a ride on the river walk.

Our hotel. It used to be a shoe factory. It was very unique!
Our hotel. It used to be a shoe factory. It was very unique!

 

Lynchburg is called “the city on the hill”.  Even though it’s a small city, we got a lot of exercise just walking around and exploring first thing in the morning.  Bring a good pair of sneakers with you so you can enjoy your walk.  We found a cool place to eat lunch called Jefe.  It was a taco place.  They had all kinds of tacos and tequila to sample.

After our walk we rented our bikes and headed out for our ride on the river walk.  We had an absolutely gorgeous day.  The six mile ride we took followed the James River and crossed a bridge to an island where people enjoy camping.  The river walk was paved.  There are plans to extend the trail to stretch for 22 miles and stretch all the way to Appomattox Courthouse, where General Lee surrendered to General Grant.  Fun fact:  It’s a town, not an actual courthouse!

Here’s a video I shot live for Periscope while we stopped on the bridge over the river.  Hopefully, this will give you the nudge to try this ride if you visit Lynchburg.

After lunch, some more walking, a little rest and a refreshing shower at our hotel, it was time to head for the wedding.  It was on the 17th hole of a beautiful golf course where the couple met while working together one summer.  The reception was on the lawn of the club house, which looked like it was once a plantation house.  It was the perfect southern reception, and we didn’t have to feel guilty about the food and drink because we got our exercise!

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How to Stay Fit on Vacation

Recently I was invited by Jennifer Whitehair (she promotes vacationing in Las Vegas and it sounds like there is tons to do there besides gambling and going to see shows on the strip) to blog about staying fit on vacation. It’s a part of #TravelFit2014. She contacted me right before I was headed to South Bethany Beach Delaware.

We have been going to Sunset Beach, NC (and loved it) for years. This year all of our young adult kids have jobs that don’t mesh too well with traveling 12 hours away so we decided to bring the party North.

This is a perfect time for me to explore what kinds of fun things I can do to stay in shape while I enjoy the shores of South Bethany for two weeks.

June 15 was our first full day here. I decided to try some Yoga on the beach. I have my P90X Yoga X pretty well memorized so I just walked down the beach access and gave it a shot. It was great gazing at the ocean while doing my sun salutations. I felt very relaxed after about an hour doing Yoga in the wind and salt air. Sure beats my basement home gym!


Today my sister and I took a two mile bike ride up highway 1 to Bethany Beach. There is a bike path that runs parallel to the road. We were able to park the bikes and walk around, check out the shops and restaurants, and walk the boardwalk a bit. It was a beautiful day for it! On the way back DelDot had a bike safety station and installed free lights on our bikes. Thanks 🙂

When we got back to the beach house, I decided to use my 12 Minute Athlete app on my smartphone to get some resistance exercise. This app is great for traveling and it only costs about a dollar so the price is right. You just put in how long you want to work out (12 or 16 minutes) and what equipment you have and it creates a workout for you. If you don’t like it, you just shake it and it creates another one. Since it didn’t have resistance bands as an option for equipment, I had it create a bodyweight workout and substituted 2 band exercises for two bodyweight exercises. I just went under the beach house in the shade. Who needs to spend extra money to go to the gym?

Fitness for Health-Conscious Travelers

Welcome Mike Manning, guest poster!  Mike has written some great tips for those of us who are travelling and don’t want to throw our exercise routine out the (airplane) window. Lame joke, I know. He recommends doing some research to plan ahead for your workouts. The internet can make it easy and fun to plan your next trip with fitness in mind.

 

Fitness for Health-Conscious Travelers

People travel for many different reasons and in several different ways. Whether your travels are for business or pleasure, you may find that the stress of changing schedules and unfamiliar surroundings make getting enough exercise difficult. Even if you exercise regularly at home, staying fit during your travels requires a little planning and awareness.

Learn about your destination before you leave. You might be able to select your own accommodations, and if so, you can book at a hotel that provides fitness amenities that suit your lifestyle. On my most recent trip to California, I researched my hotel beforehand. I found a list of the top San Francisco hotels on a travel review site. I was able to choose a hotel based on amenities. I chose a hotel that had a 24-hour fitness facility so that I could get a workout in at any time of day.

In other circumstances, you might be required to stay at facilities reserved by your company or another party. Either way, learning about the area will help. If you belong to a fitness organization, find out if a nearby gym is available for you to use during your stay. If you enjoy running or walking, learn about local trails or tracks that you might be able to use. Some hotels actually have such amenities on their property for the use of guests.

During your flight or drive to your destination, be sure to stretch and do a few simple exercises in you chair. This will help eliminate stiffness; pain and swelling that can be associated with sitting in a cramped space for extended periods of time.

During layovers or breaks, take time to walk around. Some airports now provide Zen rooms or walking paths for travelers to use.

At your hotel, locate the fitness facilities and learn about amenities such as in-room yoga or aerobic videos that you can use. Before engaging in any activities, take the time to go to your room and stretch or move through a few basic yoga poses to become centered in your new surroundings.

Throughout your stay, be realistic about your fitness goals. You probably won’t be able to keep up the exercise regime that you do at home, but you will be able to spend some time exercising each day. If possible, get up a little early to spend time running, doing yoga or participating in a fitness class at the hotel’s fitness center. If you have a demanding schedule, take advantage of breaks to get your blood flowing. Even five minutes is long enough to stretch and do a few crunches, pushups or leg lifts in a restroom or other secluded area.

 

 

Online Fitness Coaching: A (Healthy) Trip to Pittsburgh

This past weekend we combined a trip to see our daughter in Pittsburgh with a trip to the Apple store in Shadyside to get an iPad 3 (yippee!) Since hubby and I are trying to keep it on the healthy side we combined (kind of) skinny dining out, exercise and walking. We didn’t leave until early Saturday morning so I got my ChaLean Extreme weightlifting in on Friday night.  I took my water bottle in the car and made sure I packed two Pure Protein bars to ward off those nasty Sheetz convenience store snacks.

We were at at my daughter Marla’s house in about three hours and from there we walked to the Apple store. It was close to her house in a funky little neighborhood filled with boutiques, shops and restaurants.  I sat in on an iPad basics workshop while hubby talked business with an Apple “genius”. If you have never shopped at an Apple store, it’s a pretty positive experience. Within about an hour we had purchased an iPad 3, had it all set up to use and knew the basics on how to operate it. (Stay tuned for reviews on health and fitness apps for you to try.)

After our big purchase, we all headed for Mercurio’s, a cute little restaurant just around the corner. They serve salads, sandwiches and pizza cooked in a wood fired oven. I ordered a “fungi”. It had mushrooms, marinara, fresh mozzarella and a tasty thin crust. We treated ourselves to some gelato, a Mercurios special. It had half the butter fat of ice cream and was delicious.

Now it was time to check in to our hotel and hit the gym for a workout. The kids decided to hang out in the room and relax. Hubby brought a circuit workout from his trainer. I decided to take advantage of the really nice gym and did 40 minutes on the elliptical and 20 minutes on the recumbent bike. Now we were ready for our complimentary free drink!

Next we headed for an old school restaurant in Greentree Marla found on the Internet. It was decorated in warm wood and featured Italian food. I had pasta in vodka sauce (ok not real healthy but definitely delicious). After dinner we hung out together in our room. Since I rarely sit still at work or home, this was heavenly.

Sunday was brunch at the Cheesecake Factory with my college roomie, Wanda. She and I both opted for the energy breakfast: egg whites, chicken breasts and mushrooms. Yum.  After some relaxing and lots of great conversation, it was time to head back home.  Hubby and I had a (mostly) healthy weekend, a great visit with our daughter and my roomie and a new tech toy to play with.  What could be better?