Health & fitness: Holiday workouts

Health & fitness: Holiday workouts

Next in our  series of blogs designed to help improve your lifestyle by James Davis, co-owner of Ibiza gym, health club and spa M Wellness plus an all-round guru when it comes to health,  fitness and wellbeing!

While many of us enjoy using our well-earned holiday time to do nothing more than relax and let our hair down, there are still some of us who like to find time for a workout while on vacation. Then there are also those times (usually mid-holiday) when you start to get a sneaking suspicion that those multiple nightly mojitos and extra helpings of alioli are beginning to show on the waistband… j-u-s-t a little more than they should.

Here in Ibiza there’s always the option of a good long swim or a run to burn up some calories, but there also are some great ways you can exercise and tone your whole body if you can’t get to the gym (though if you’re craving your health club fix, drop-ins are always welcome at M Wellness of course!).

At the very basic end there are the good old bodyweight exercises that many of us are familiar with, press-ups, sit-ups and squats. Building a circuit of these to do first thing in the morning is a great way to start the day and get your exercise out of the way. You shouldn’t neglect the things that you have to hand either. With any toning regime it’s really important to balance out the body parts you’re exercising – so if you’re doing press ups for the chest, you should be doing something for the back  – easy if you have a chin-up bar to hand, but a sturdy tree branch could do the trick (but be sure to check it’s weight bearing capacity first though).

Even in your hotel room there are a load of things you can use to give yourself a good workout – large water bottles filled with water can give you a decent set of free-weights and your suitcase or bag could be used as a weight for bent over rows, presses – anything really! If you’re finding a regular squat too easy, then how about a one-legged squat while holding a water bottle in each hand?

For the ultimate in portable bodyweight conditioning though look no further than the TRX. Proving that necessity is the mother of invention, a member of the US Navy SEALs came up with the TRX suspension system as a way for SEAL teams to keep in shape when deployed with little in the way of gym training equipment.

Essentially, it’s a set of cables with handles that attach to any fixed point, and there are literally hundreds of exercises that can be performed to hit every muscle group. If you thought bodyweight training was easy, then you haven’t tried TRX! It can really challenge you and is a great way to build functional strength and tone the entire body.

If you haven’t packed a TRX on this trip, then drop in and see us at M Wellness – we’d be happy to take you through a session!