Keeping fit and looking fantastic while on a weekend away or a long vacation is simple if you take your gym with you.
1. Be creative
Think outside the box of your normal exercise routine. Try to remember exercises, stretches and routines that you do each week in a class or with your trainer and do these on your own. Learn from your current routine at home so you can take it away and mix and match while you are travelling. Try new things!
2. Pack light
For a weekend away, it’s running shoes and an outfit or two, depending on the location. The Leaf Jimbaran will provide all these equipment upon arrival, among them yoga mat, skipping rope and yoga ball. Put on your shoes and head out the door to explore Jimbaran areas or the beach. Hire equipment, like a surfboard, bike or stand-up paddle board. You’ll be working out without knowing it!
3. Discover the area on foot or by bike
Swap heels for trainers and look around Jimbaran. Even if you’re on a shopping weekend, you can get up a bit earlier or take time during the afternoon to walk the beach. Explore the shops before they open to know your way around. The best way to get a feel for the place you are staying is to discover it on foot or by bicycle.
4. Use core workouts
Or express sessions if you have limited time. If you have very limited time to train or do longer, more regular exercise sessions, counterbalance this with daily express sessions; for example:
» 15-minute Express Session: Quick walk or jog followed by a superset of 25 push-ups, 25 crunches, 25 tricep dips and 25 prisoner squats. Finish with three yoga poses to stretch; for example, downward dog, triangle pose and a classic forward bend.
» Island Fit Express Session: Jetty run or skip, ocean swim, sunrise stretch, water sports for most of the day then a sunset stretch or core session.
The Leaf Jimbaran has a special program for jogging by the beach followed by a picnic style breakfast. Or opt to have a sunset yoga on our Cilantro Roof Top and Lounge area.
5. Use nature as your gym
Embrace the surroundings. As you are on an island holiday, head to the water for your workouts. Head out and explore by hiking, running, walking, or biking for a more adventurous twist. Try surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, snorkelling, windsurfing or kite surfing to get some fresh air and wake up some muscles you may never have known you had.
6. Use the Leaf Jimbaran gym and private pool
Research where you are staying and what facilities they have on site. Pack your swim goggles and squeeze in a few laps between meals and other activities. Swimming is a refreshing way to get fit if you are not into running and great if you are dealing with niggling injuries, to provide rehab and toning.
7. Save articles and workouts
All articles that feature body weight exercises are perfect takeaway fitness solutions. The Leaf Jimbaran will provide a FIT Kit booklet with all the tips on doing workouts and a variety of exercises. Our in house trainer will also be available for more consultation.
Finally, listen to your body. If you are tired, rest, relax and eat healthily to recharge and rejuvenate. Find exercise while you are away that seamlessly fits into your day, creates a moment to switch off and helps you to explore your new environment – whether it’s cityscapes, seascapes or stunning landscapes!
Remember: regular short, quality exercise sessions also create lasting change. Health and fitness is a lifestyle and a daily practice no matter where you may be.