Traveling doesn't always have to be straightforward. You don't have only to sightsee. The joy of traveling comes from the prospect of trying to do everything possible, especially things that you can't do at home. Every time I went on a trip when I was younger, I gave my best to experience things that are new and interesting.At one point, I stumbled upon an article which stated that physical activity, mainly exercises, while traveling are a great idea. It made me second-guess the claim, considering people usually go on trips to relax and recharge their batteries, not exercise. So, in the beginning, I was doubtful. However, after some time had passed and I started exercising while traveling, my opinion changed. Suddenly, I couldn't imagine myself without exercising on a trip anymore, and this train of thought has enriched almost all of my recent trips.
You don't have to get yourself all pumped and huge, but you can if you want. The point is to keep yourself physically active almost at all times so that your body doesn't let itself go too much. I've even taken on the responsibility of chopping wood when I visit my family. Not only does it let them have one less thing to think about, but it also helps me stay in great shape. For those of you that don't have the possibility of working on a farm or in a village, doing similar chores, basic exercising will be completely fine. Although these exercises are less known than some others and can be somewhat complicated, I trust that all of you should have no issues following the instructions. All in all, we think that everyone should exercise for at least a little bit every day in order to keep themselves fit and healthy. It's your personal choice whether it will last 2 hours or 20 minutes. You decide on everything, we're here to provide you with certain pointers that will ease everything.
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Here are some simple exercises that you can do when traveling.
#1. Plank Press into mountain climbers
This is a relatively easy exercise, but you do need some extra space around you since there are movements that require space. Set yourself up in a push-up position and start with a basic plank. Be sure to straighten your head, toes, and back, so there's a straight line from the head to the toes. The pelvis needs to be tucked, neck and spine neutral. Relax your shoulders and keep them away from your neck. Bend your elbows and lift (reach with) your knee towards the elbow which is on the same side. Repeat on the other side. Ten touches should be enough per side with quick switches.
#2. Prisoner backwards lunge
This exercise is perfect for strengthening your legs. Start by standing tall in the perfect posture. Place your hands behind your head and pull your shoulders and elbows back. With one leg, step backwards into a lunge position. Bend the front leg knee and put your back leg knee above the ground slightly. Return to original position by pushing with your front leg. Repeat on the other side as well. This exercise doesn't have a limit on how many times you should do it but remember not to overdo it.
#3. Seated crunch twists
These twists will help develop your abs. Sit on a flat surfaced bench. You'll need great balance as well. Slowly and slightly lean back, while lifting your legs off the ground. Once your legs are bent, position your arms on one side while straightening them. Rotate from side to side. It's important to keep your arms straight. If possible, touch the bench with your hands.
#4. Star jump
This exercise is known to almost all people due to it being used in PE quite often. Start by being in a relaxed stance. Your feet must be shoulder width apart from one another. Hold your arms close to your body. Squat down and jump up as high as you can. While in the air, extend your body by spreading your legs and arms. Once you land back on the ground, bring your arms and legs back in and absorb the force through your legs.
#5. Pike Push-up
One of the most difficult exercises on this list, the pike push-up will strengthen your shoulders and chest. Start by being in a Push-up position on the floor. Keep your arms straight and your hands shoulder-width apart. Place your body in an upside down V by lifting your hips. The arms and legs need to stay straight. Bend the elbows while lowering your upper body up to the point where your head almost touches the floor. Pause for a short time and push up, so your arms are straight again. Repeat.
#6. Seated heart circles
While this exercise isn't directly related to physical well-being, it's still important in improving yourself. Sit on the floor, cross your legs and place your hands on your knees. Take a couple of small breaths. Lengthen your spine. Lean to the left, then to the front, then to the right and finish by leaning backward. While leaning forward, straighten the spine and while leaning backward, relax it and let it curve. Relax the neck and let the head follow the movement of the body. Breathe slowly while doing this and repeat around 6-8 times. Switch how your legs are crossed and circle in the other direction.