It's vacation time. Don't forget to exercise!

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Cornerstone Business Group Inc 0225086119
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It's almost vacation time for a lot of us, and I want to encourage you to find creative ways to exercise while you're vacationing.  The most obvious and simple way to exercise is to walk.  I watched a young woman walk herself thin two times over a 4-5 year period. 

When I first saw her, she was pretty heavy.  Everyday, she was on the Don't forget to exercise while on vacation.same street taking a walk.  Months went by and she got smaller and smaller and smaller.  Finally, she was within her weight range and she stopped the daily trek. 

About eighteen months later, I saw her again.  She was about the same size as the initial time I saw her.  The process started all over.  Everyday she was out there, rain or shine.  Over a couple months, she walked the weight off and was gone again.  I can only imagine she had been pregnant and was walking off her pregnancy weight both times.  I might be off on that.

The bottom line is, you can find simple ways to exercise while traveling.  I try to stay in tall buildings when vacationing.  I use the stairs in those buildings for my personal workout.  One building I stay in the most has 12 floors.  I go up and down those stairs on average 250 times as my workout. 

ExerciseI use a heart-rate monitor to make sure I stay between 65% - 75% of my max heart-rate.  That's a calorie burn of 8 calories of fat and 8 calories of glycogen per minute.  It takes me about 35 minutes to go up and down 250-280 floors.  It's a good workout.

Last year, I added a resistance workout on the stairs.  I drop off a set of elastic bands about every three floors.  After I've done my warm-up, I stop and do resistance exercises on those floors each time I get to them.  I don't worry about the number of floors.  I make sure I get both upper and lower body exercises in during that workout.  The workout lasts about 45 - 60 minutes.  Again, I wear my heart-rate monitor to make sure I stay aerobic during the whole time. 

So, when you head out to the beach, mountains or wherever this year, make sure to exercise in whatever way you can.  Your body will appreciate it, and you'll feel better for it.  Have fun, and make sure to blog about your experience so we can all be inspired.

 

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Cindy Jones
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The great thing is my beach vacation always includes long walks on the beach or riding a bike.  But that barely keeps up with all of the good food our group makes during the week.

Apr 23, 2012 12:04 PM #6
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Mike Cooper
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I can relate to that, Cindy.  I had to stop going with so many friends.  We were not good for each other.  8-)

Apr 23, 2012 12:13 PM #7
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Andrea Bedard
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Hi Mike, I had to stop and think for a minute what that word means you are talking about ... v-a-c-a-t-i-o-n? It sounds familiar but ... :-) We love going for walks and hikes .. probably the reason I got rid of my pregnancy weight fast (well that and b/c my personal chef deployed). It's hard to make it to the gym regularly nowadays so walking it is for me.

Apr 23, 2012 12:55 PM #8
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Mike Cooper
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You were pregnant?  I thought you adopted those beautiful ladies.  You didn't look like you could ever have been pregnant.  8-)  Speaking of vacation, the chalet is still yours when you want it.  

Apr 23, 2012 01:04 PM #9
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Mona Gersky
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Mike, great advice.  When people go on vacation they tend to overeat or eat not so healthy.  The best way to combat that behavior is staying active.  It's also important to take breaks from sitting in the car.  Even at rest areas there are usually places where you can take a walk.  Have a good week.

Apr 23, 2012 01:31 PM #10
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Mike Cooper
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Thank you, Mona.  You too!

Apr 23, 2012 01:37 PM #11
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Cal Yoder
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It is one of the things I enjoy about vacation. I find it easier to walk while on vacation. When we were in San Francisco earlier this year, we rode bike and walked several miles on several days. I am still figuring out how I am going to rediscipline myself to make exercise a regular part of my reunion.

Cal

Apr 23, 2012 01:55 PM #12
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DeeDee Riley
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Mike,

I walk with my little dog every other morning - a little rain or shine.  It always makes me feel good to have got it done. 

You are truly inspiring to carry on your routine on vacation.  That's hard to do!

Apr 23, 2012 05:22 PM #13
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What? I have to continue exercising to maintain the gains? Blast!  :)

I enjoyed the post Mike, exercise is so important for so many reasons. Thanks for the reminder.

Apr 23, 2012 06:08 PM #14
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I always try to hit the beach every summer, Cal.  That's a great place to walk.  

Dee Dee, I bet your dog loves it too. 

Absolutely, Tom.  Have fun maintaining your goals.  

Apr 23, 2012 08:35 PM #15
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They should ban me from my own group "Take It Off In The Rain"..............exercise is something I need to do more of at home, let alone while on vacation.  Great advice Mike.

Apr 23, 2012 08:59 PM #16
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Mike Cooper
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I totally understand that, Roger.  I love the beach, and there is something about reclining in a nice chair all day that calls my name every time I go.  It can be a fight to get moving.  

Apr 23, 2012 09:23 PM #17
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You know what they say, "Use it or loose it!"

Apr 23, 2012 10:07 PM #18
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Sheila Anderson
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Good morning Mike. This is soooooo important. Stairs are great, walking is a great way to see more in different places and I try and eat a lot of small meals to. You are clearly fit and a great example of your post.

Apr 23, 2012 10:57 PM #19
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Margie Kopp Sorrell
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Mike- Just another example of how getting healthy can't be a temporary fix. It has to be a life style change. That's why I never fell for the Atkins Diet. You lose all that weight but the minute you start eating carbs again you're right back where you started. Once you've reached your goal weight, that's just half of it. Maintaining from then on is the real challenge! Vacation is a time where I definitely slack off. Thanks for the kick in the keister to remind me that I need to pay attention then too.

Apr 23, 2012 11:27 PM #20
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Mike Cooper
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I know that well, Captain.  8-)

Sheila, the small meals are a great way to fit the bulge.  

Oh, me too, Margie.  I'm a real vacation slob.  So, I use the stairs, carry a bike along when it's feasible and try to do things that require a little energy.  

Apr 24, 2012 12:55 AM #21
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Mike for me when I am on vacation is the time I don't exercice, that's my time to chill, however, I never go over board, I exercise at least 5 days out of the week. That's a must for me. Not getting any younger:)

Apr 24, 2012 03:48 AM #22
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Mike Cooper
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I hear you, Cheryl.  I have to exercise while traveling because I am getting older.  8-)

Apr 24, 2012 05:00 AM #23
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Conrad Allen
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Hi Mike.  Exercising is so important.  As I get older stretching is almost as important.

Apr 25, 2012 08:21 PM #24
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Conrad, I'm with you on that.  I discovered yoga about a decade ago, and it is a great way to exercise as you get older.  

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