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The Gray Iron Fitness Newsletter, Issue #358. Autumn Getaways
October 15, 2023
Fall is great for senior getaways or vacations. Kids are back in school, there are fewer crowds at popular vacation spots, and hotel/motel rates are usually lower. It’s our time.
Patty and I like road trips. In years past, we’d often find local gyms along the way and pay a drop-in fee to workout. As we’ve gotten older, heavy iron is no longer a prerequisite and we use other means. Parks and open space areas are always there for brisk walks. And most motels today have exercise rooms.
Usually, they are small spaces with a treadmill or stationary bike for cardio, and some sort of universal type weights machine for resistance work. Only a couple of times in our travels anywhere have we even had to share an exercise room with others. They seem to be the least used spaces in motels or hotels, a sad commentary, generally, but a big plus for the few of us who use them.
Setting up a 30-minute circuit workout in a motel exercise room is simple. Combine treadmill or bike work with lat pull-downs, overhead presses, crunches, body-weight squats and push-ups of some kind. Keep moving from one movement to the next, and repeat the sequence until time is up. Breakneck speed is not required, but keep moving. Half-an-hour and you’re finished. Have a nice shower, breakfast, and enjoy guilt-free driving to your next stopover.
What if your motel doesn’t have an exercise room? I carry a set of resistance bands, just in case. The bands are really convenient and a great value, even as stand alone workout equipment at home. But on a road trip they are invaluable.
Mine are from the Bodylastics company. They fit into a 12” x 12” satchel. It's compact and even the strongest person can get in a workout with the bands. Learn more here.
But what if there's no motel exercise room and you've forgotten to bring your resistance bands? You can still get a workout using body-weight only calisthenics.
There really aren't any good reasons to lose overall fitness while traveling. With just a smidgen of planning, it’s easy to fit in a thirty-minute exercise habit while on the road, and it only adds to the enjoyment when you return home not having gained unwanted pounds.
Stay healthy. Stay fit.
Photographs: Subscribers have asked when the newsletter photo at the top of the page and my website pictures were taken. Well, I was a mere 70 then. I’m almost 87 years old now. Though I remain active, I am no longer nearly as strong or muscular as I was 17 years ago. —LF
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