There are a lot of questions here on what to eat on a long road trip, but I am wondering if there is a way to stay productive and do some small exercises while on the road. We will be leaving friday to drive across the country with 2 small children 18 months and 3 years old. I would like to use this time to get in some exercises, and stretching to make the time go by and to keep from turning into mush on the road. Bonus points for any things the kids can do too to keep them occupied and from going stir crazy.
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on September 09, 2012
at 07:37 PM
That is all.
on September 10, 2012
at 11:40 AM
Depends on how much you want to push your body during break periods.
Yoga is an excellent way to stretch out and can also be a good strength trainer if done correctly (I've heard that P90X's yoga session is brutal -- perhaps look into strength training yoga?)
As HappyNow mentioned, body weight exercises are king when traveling. Pushups, squats, pullups, etc. If you want to get the kids involved and add some weight to the exercises, put them on your back when doing pushups or hold them while doing squats - kids love being able to ride around on other people and seeing you grunt and sweat will make them laugh to no end.
If you're really looking to punish your body during the drive, consider the Turkish Getup. Consider by many to be the best commonly ignored exercise, the TGU is a whole-body exercise that will leave you panting in the dust after just a couple sets. It's not an easy exercise to master, but practice will help get the form down. You can find a link to a detailed tutorial here: http://www.t-nation.com/free_online_article/sports_body_training_performance/the_best_exercise_youre_not_doing or google the exercise for any other tutorial. The best part about TGUs is that you don't need a lot of weight when you start them: for most people, somewhere between 7 and 15lbs is plenty for a beginning TGU, provided you go for at least 2 sets of 5 reps; this means you can bring along a couple of small weights (or make some improvised ones) and be fine for most of the trip.
on September 10, 2012
at 04:57 AM
I suspect you are might be stopping a lot for pee breaks with a 3-year-old, and boredom breaks for the 18 mo. old. You could do wall pushups against the car and make faces at the kids either at the beginning or end of each rest stop.
I usually get out of the car and do a bunch of jumping jacks every few hours to keep the blood flowing.
You could do curls with full water bottles, and small pullups if your car has ceiling handles.
To keep the kids entertained, I highly recommend a portable DVD player.