Posts Tagged ‘the fit traveler’

Into the country…into the wild.

June 10, 2011

Travel can wreak havoc on anyone’s diet and exercise program.  I flew to Minnesota yesterday with the best of intentions to stay on-track despite family gatherings, work events and play-dates with friends. 

First off, getting to the airport, going through the hour-long security line and resisting crappy airport food is an experience on it’s own (I ate yogurt in my cab).  During the flight, the flight attendants walked around offering a smorgasboard of sugary, caffeinated or alcoholic drinks…and tried to sell an array of greasy, nutrition-lacking ‘food’ (pizza and burgers??  gross!).  Finally, after touchdown and renting my car, I still had a 2-hour drive ahead of me.  I was ravenous. Nevermind that I didn’t get much sleep the night before, so I’ve already set myself up for a giant gut bomb of cravings.

I paid a visit Whole Foods, where I stocked up on some favorite staples:  yogurt, organic berries, oats and hormone-free meat.  Not only do my parents find it curious, but they get to try something new when I bring my smattering of goods home.  They’re so accustomed to my neurotic ways that no offense is taken.

Then the temptations set in.  My mom bakes the most delicious breads and cookies and she’s got treats stashed in every nook & cranny.  It’s a house of delicious horrors.  As soon as I announce my trip, the baking frenzy sets in.  I literally walk into the most nose-pleasing house on earth.  It’s a tough life.

Luckily there’s a gym nearby, country roads to run on and my healthy stash calling my name.

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’tis the season for bikes!

April 12, 2011

I spent most of the past week in my home-state of Minnesota.  For several years, the city of Minneapolis has been amping up their bicycle trails, putting them in the number one spot for bicycle enthusiasts around the country.  In the dead of winter, during brutal stormy conditions, die-hard bikers commute distances further than 20 miles to work.

I’m impressed.

I’m a fair weather fan.  The forecast decides whether I dig my bike out or leave it for another week gathering dust downstairs in storage.  I just don’t see the point in biking on slippery roads or extremely windy conditions.  It’s not that serious.

Except for mornings like today.  I waited for 11 minutes on the street corner at 4:55 a.m. trying to catch a cab to work.  Not only was I late to my client, but I put myself in harm’s way with the late-night revelers just getting in from last night’s partying.

Time to tune up the bike and start logging the miles!

Book it! Get outta dodge!

January 11, 2011

With weekly predictions of a major snowstorm, high winds and below-freezing temperatures, it’s challenging to plan outdoor workouts in advance. I love running in the park, walking around town or biking to-and-from my clients. But this weather makes it tough to stay in bikini shape! For that reason, my husband and I will focus on fitness during our winter getaway.  I crave workouts in shorts, the hot wind drying my sweat leaving white salt on my brow and the sun daring to peek past my SPF!

There are several ideas that come to mind as great alternatives to lazing on a beach (not that there’s anything wrong with that):

For sanity’s sake, budget a little adventure into your life!  If you’re considering a trip but still haven’t booked, be sure to plan fitness into the equation.