• Amy

Long-Weekend Cottage Sweat: Killer workout to take on your travels this summer

Hola friends. Happy Wednesday! Does anyone else have a hard time getting back into the swing of things after a long-weekend? Of course you do. If you don’t, then you’re a robot and I don’t like you.

The three pieces of equipment I took with me this weekend: skipping rope, 35lb KB & some resistance bands.

I spent the August long weekend at my family’s place in Bayfield, Ontario. If you’ve never been to Bayfield, then shame on you. It’s the cutest little beach town with the best restaurants, cute little shops, cafés, ice cream (ugh, yes) and of course, beach. Do yourself a favour and go check it out before the end of the season.

So usually I try to squeeze in at least one long run during my time in Bayfield, ideally sometime in the morning before the weather gets too hot. But considering I’m taking some time away from running since my marathon in May, I thought it would be the perfect time to get in a good sweat another way. I took with me some equipment I had access to and also what was easy to travel with - my skipping rope, a 35lb kettlebell and some resistance bands - and put together a killer WOD that gave me an awesome Sunday morning sweat.

I know the summer can be extra-challenging to stay on track – either with your workouts or with your eating – but it can be a lot easier than you think, especially when you are travelling. Make that little extra effort to set yourself up for success – if that means packing some prepared meals or healthy snacks with you to avoid all the tempting foods, or committing to getting in some workouts while you are away. Staying on track while you're travelling or when your schedule is busier than usual will not only make you feel so good, but it will also prevent that "ugh, I really should get back-on-track" feeling. It's so, so, so much harder to start something again, then it is to continue do to it!

Here is my workout I put together this past long weekend and I challenge you to try next time you're looking for an at-home or travel workout. For those of you without access to any equipment, you can definitely make some minor tweaks to still provide an awesome workout. (Don’t think you’re getting off easy.)

And here’s a little tip for you as well: before my workout I quickly downloaded a free app called IntervalTimer to let me know when to change exercises. It was a bit tricky to figure out at first, but once I got the hang of it, it worked out great. I could pre-set my warm-up time, interval cycles and rest time, and then it just beeped every time I needed to rest or move onto my next exercise. It took the thought process right out of it and stopped me from having to check the timer or watch every 10 seconds.

So, when you’re off at the cottage next weekend or away travelling and don’t have access to a gym, here is a super effective workout to get your heart-rate up and your body moving in less than 40 minutes. Enjoy!

How do you stay on-track while you travel or during the busy summer months? Share with me your go-to tricks!