Here's a workout you can do in your office, hotel room, park, gym - just about anywhere!
Watch the video, then print out the exercises (with pictures to remind you how to do each one) to take with you.
The Pros & Cons of Camping
Pros: I walked almost 10 miles last Saturday, and burned almost as many calories just pitching a tent in the dark as I do in 30 minutes on the treadmill! On average, I burned almost 1000 calories a day more than I do on a workday with a visit to the gym.
Cons: Despite drinking plenty of water and staying well-hydrated, deep-fried, heavily salted food and an assortment of cookies, cakes, and candies left me at 218 lbs., a record high. How do you log smoked, homemade deer sausage? How do you track the calories in a Dutch oven dessert cooked by six thirteen year olds?
The good news? It was a wake-up call. I could make excuses and claim a too-heavy workload, but the fact is, I need to get to 24 Hour Fitness at least three times a week, just to stay in the habit. Even if it's just to spend 20-30 minutes on the treadmill. That's 300-400 calories burned, right there. So K. and I have made the effort this week, going after work if lunch was too shortened by meetings.
And the weight gain was largely water; already, I'm down to 213. But that's not acceptable! The goal is 150-160, and I will be there by next summer! Care to join me?
- Eat nothing that cannot be accurately measured and tracked. Opt out of the general camp cooking - bring the camp stove and learn how to cook healthy, tasty meals at the camp site.
- Drink plenty of water and don't skip the multivitamins!
- Exercise daily and step up the general activity level. The bodybugg™ graph, above, shows clearly that standing, walking, moving - not necessarily "working out" - are hugely beneficial. You can see that "calories per minute" never exceeded 8, and yet, the total burned is 1000 more than on any ordinary, sedentary day that includes a moderate workout at the gym.