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After a very long day of appointments, phone calls, presentations and emails yesterday, I finished my last meeting at 8pm only to be met with a 90 minute drive home. Now, I’m not complaining since my work is devoted to veterans especially the Travis Mills Foundation. A long day worth every minute when it positively impacts veteran families. Even with purpose and passion, full schedules can still take their toll on our health. If you find yourself overworked and overloaded, your best Rx may be a prescription for rest.
A couple of days ago there was word that solar flares might disrupt the precious electronics that we rely upon to survive on a daily basis. Solar flare, which are basically explosions on the Sun’s surface, happen all the time yet most don’t carry enough electromagnetically charged particles to do much harm. Although I never lost any connectivity or found my car inoperable, I did marvel at how powerful and potentially dangerous our Sun can be. With the summer solstice fast approaching it seems fitting to take on that fiery ball of gas and determine once and for all how to tame its rays while still enjoying a short sleeve summer.
I’ve been going a bit stir crazy the past few weeks and just recently figured out why. The long winter and a late spring have left me with a prolonged case of cabin fever. I partially blame my restlessness on my ethnic roots. My ancestors rarely ever stayed in one place for an extended period of time which may be why I’m genetically predisposed to being a perpetual travel bug. Much like military families, I learned a lot about travel early in my life. My parents were always loading us kids into the station wagon to destinations unknown, well, at least it felt that way to four kids in sweatshirts, jeans and hushpuppy shoes. So, while I scope out travel brochures and exotic destinations, I thought it might be fun to figure out if travel is good for you after all!
We hit traffic more than we hit the gym sometimes, so why not get a little workout with these 6 moves while sitting still behind the wheel? Whether on your way to work, or heading on vacation, this traffic workout will at least get your blood flowing, provide a stretch, and burn a few calories instead of wasting time.
Trainer’s tip: for safety, do these only in stand-still traffic, not while moving at a slow rate. You need to pay attention to the road first and foremost! You can also do this while waiting for your family to finish up at the rest stop! You can also do many of these moves as a passenger or on a flight using your tray. For a more intense travel workout, download the NikkiFitness Fit Travel Workout video (Amazon.)
Summer can be a nice break from every-day life, but that also means traveling, which can hurt your workout. I recently did a sample routine for the June issue (on stands now, pg 72) of Women’s Health Magazine. It’s a “No-equipment-needed 15 Minute Body-Weight-Shape-Up” for when you are staying in a hotel, flying through airports, sitting in traffic, and trying to stay on track with your fitness routine this summer. Summer fitness is especially important with beach season and bathing suits that show so much skin!
Editor Caitlin Carlson wrote about my book and DVD called The Slimnastics Workout , “This equipment-free body-weight routine, created by Glor, combines plyometric and cardio moves (think jumping and kicking) with ones that improve your balance. You’ll burn calories while building strength, flexibility and stamina.”
Ever take a few days off from the gym that turned into a week, then two weeks, then a month? By the time you mustered up the motivation to go back, your body had to start from scratch. You felt sore muscles and fire in your lungs from lack of endurance, and it had you cursing your workout instead of enjoying it. The only reason you pushed through was the pounds packed on around your middle and the giggle in your arms that you just couldn’t live with.
Avoid this scenario and don’t take a vacation from your workout just because you are going on vacation. On my last trip, I ran four miles, took a spin class the next day, did yoga outside the next, worked out to a DVD the day after, and so on.
My Fit Travel Workout DVD was shot around the world to prove you can get a workout anywhere, and my tips include wearing your sneakers on the trip to save packing room, and doubling your pajamas as workout clothes (sleep in your leggings and tank top then work out in them the next morning.) Once you have the gear, do these three things…
Tysen Ober is a 23 year old soldier who recently returned from an overseas deployment to Kuwait. With no job, no school, and no relationship awaiting his return, Tysen knew this was his moment to do something big. And boy is it big! Tysen will be running 3,500 miles from California to Maine to raise money for wounded warriors. His hope is to inspire others to “get out, get active and get involved in giving back to this country.” His drive and vision inspired me to talk about how far we can all go with the right attitude (see the bottom of this article for ways to support Tysen’s quest).
Photo courtesy of The New York Times
The cold winter weather might be keeping you home, away from the gym, or sending you out of town, packing for warmer climates. I was recently reviewed by the New York Times about moves for the busy business traveler, but you can do them anywhere, for any travel reason, or just at home in your living room.
The two they featured are (photo attached, curtesy, NY Times):
1) The Incline push-up. When feet are higher than the hands, you get a different challenge for those pectorals. Do 5 sets of 20 reps, for 100 a day. View photo.
2) The reverse fly with hydrant. This works the upper back (trapezius and rhomboids), which is the opposing muscle group to the pecs, so they are perfect to do together. Don’t have a weight? Fill a hotel iron with water and that will do for 20 or more reps! The move also targets your abs because you are off balance, and your outer thighs as you lift your opposite leg out to the side. View photo.
It’s time again to pack up your festive clothes and hit the road for the holidays. I want to make sure your suitcase is the only thing that comes back a little heavier — with gifts for you — and that you’re not packing the pounds on yourself.
Start with a plan to avoid the Heavy Holidays and plan for fit travel. I created a Fit Travel DVD workout — shot around the world with no equipment required — prove that you can work out wherever your trip takes you. I also have packing tips for ways to save room and be healthier during the holidays. Here is a video from my recent segment on WCBS/WLNY TV in New York City to get you inspired.
Trying to figure away to avoid the Heavy Holidays and stay in shape while traveling to see family and attend parties? My husband’s family lives in Buffalo, and when we visit during the holidays, it snows 6 inches every hour, so the gym is not an option, nor is an outside run.
If you have a problem finding time or equipment to work out over the holidays, I created a Fit Travel Workout DVD just for you. It is a no-equipment-needed workout that hits your entire body for toning, plus includes plyometric cardio intervals to give you a challenging workout in just 30 minutes.
Want a preview? Here is a fitness segment I did on WCBS and WLNY called The Couch. Two moves you can do for your abs in a Fit Minute!
It’s a new year. We are back to work, with resolutions in mind. But what happens when work and life takes us somewhere where there are no gyms? If traveling is part of your job, don’t let it derail your health. I recently did an interview with AOL Small Business about staying fit on the road. Here are my tricks and tips for bringing your workout with you. You can also visit NikkiFitness.com for no-equipment needed moves, and my 30-minute Fit Travel DVD.
The weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day can be the most damaging and unhealthy time of the whole year. While Thanksgiving is behind us, Christmas and New Year’s weeks are upon us, and it’s never too late to get on top of your nutritional game! There is no better time than right now to make yourself and your health a priority. Since so many people will be traveling over the next couple of weeks, I wanted to provide you with a toolkit to take with you on the road, plane, or train (or even to use at home) during this challenging time of year.
We are in the thick of it! Holiday shopping, parties, traveling and stress take a toll on our bodies and calendars. Studies show that the average person gains between 1–5 pounds during the holidays. That means 15–75 pounds since 1995 if you didn’t work it off!
I teamed up with Fox and Friends to show some holiday fitness moves that you can do anywhere - a hotel room, your grandmother’s basement, or an airport. Check out these moves and my Fit Travel Workout DVD for full body toning and cardio moves that require no equipment. It only takes 30 minutes to be in the thin of it this year, and boost your mood while lowering stress by fitting in your fitness this holiday season.
Each year I make my list and check it twice, and take out anything that does not support a fit lifestyle . Sometimes, I find something I like so much I get on for myself and 10 for my friends and family! Here are the top four gifts that I have already made staples in my fit life, and recommend to you as well. They include a way to stay fit on the road and have fun at the same time, exercise shoes guaranteed to last, mini-treats to entertain at home without ruining your diet, and something personalized to carry it all in!
Rubberbanditz — $39.95. Work out Anywhere, Anytime! You all know I am a fan of “Fitting in your fitness” and I myself traveled around the world shooting my Fit Travel Workout. So I fell in love with the exercise bands (not tubing) and video of the creator working out in crazy locations in Guatemala. (You must check out his video on the RubberBanditz home page.) His story: After enduring the rigors of a Division 1 collegiate basketball career, Ari Zandman-Zeman followed his dreams by joining the U.S. Peace Corps, where he was posted in Union Island of St. Vincent and the Grenadines in the Eastern Caribbean. He created an inexpensive, sustainable, portable and fun way to work out in the developing nations. Ari is a certified personal trainer and native Alaskan who enjoys working out in out-of-the-ordinary places. The gym is no longer far away or too expensive, because these bands, handles, how-to video, booklet, and accessories let you exercises your freedom to go anywhere and stay in shape. If facing a deployment in a geographically isolated place, these pack light and take up very little space and stay “army strong.” A portion of the proceeds go to set up small exercise band gyms in the developing world and help promote personal health and hygiene on a grassroots level.
All week I have been teaching my fitness classes without using equipment, so that my class members can take these moves along with them for Thanksgiving and other holiday travel. It’s easy as pie to work off those desert calories without needing to get to a gym or pack a suitcase full of dumbbells. All you need is my Fit Travel Workout DVD shot in China, Mexico, Italy, Chicago, NYC and Tampa that proves you can work out wherever life takes you. If you don’t have the DVD, you can also print out my three Military.com fit travel columns for free.
Lots of people want to know how to squeeze in a workout on a day when they just don’t have time to designate a half hour or 45 minutes to a sweat session. Here are some of my tricks to multitask!
On an average day you can also fit toning moves into your daily routine by doing calf raises while brushing your teeth, push-ups on the counter while packing our lunch, walking or biking to work, doing triceps dips off the couch during commercials, always taking the stairs, doing squats back onto your desk chair while on the phone, cleaning your house and yard yourself, making your cocktail hour with friends into yoga-or-dance-class-hour with friends, and doing 30 crunches in bed at the beginning and end of every day.
Photo: Gold Medal Moment, courtesy of Tom Hoff
Being a professional volleyball player, it’s challenging to get a work out while traveling.
According to US Olympic Gold Medalist and professional volleyball player Tom Hoff, “keeping your fitness level up while traveling helps me maintain the performance edge that I am always in search of on the volleyball court.”
Try this quick and dynamic volleyball work out sent to us by Tom. It will hit your legs and upper body, while keeping your heart rate up for short intense bursts — exactly what you need for the sport of volleyball.
An effective workout for travel or at home when you are short on time!
By SSG Ken Weichert (a.k.a. “SGT Ken”), Master Fitness and Master Resilience Trainer
Former NFL rushing leader, Emmitt Smith, was known for performing quick and explosive workouts that required little or no use of exercise equipment. A lot can be learned from Emmitt Smith and his workouts. His physical strength and endurance helped him lead the Dallas Cowboys to three Super Bowl victories (1993, 1994 and 1996) and he is ranked #1 in the all-time rushing leader list.
Q: What did you do on your Summer Vacation? A: Slimmed, Sculpted!
What did you do on your summer vacation? Did you sip pina coladas on the beach? Go fishing on a lake? Eat ice cream on a cruise?
Or did you take your workout with you?
It’s not too late to learn how to work out anywhere you go, without equipment, for the rest of the warm months. With Labor Day around the corner this is the perfect time to practice packing your fitness routine so you don’t put off your workouts until Thanksgiving and winter holidays!
New Fitness DVD for Travelers from the Creator of the Military Wife Workout!
Ever traveled home to grandmom’s for the holidays and have to go the whole trip without a workout because of bad weather outdoors, there was not equipment, DVDs or a way to get to the gym? Ever go on vacation and want to work out, but just couldn’t get it done? Ever wake up early on a business trip to hit the hotel gym, just to find bad equipment or all the treadmills were full?