Zionsville Times Sentinel

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July 9, 2014

Vacation workout can be simple, convenient

It's vacation time, so many of my customers are requesting workouts they can do while on vacation to stay in shape.

The tricky part is 1.) knowing what kind of equipment they will have, and 2.) if it's too complicated, they won't do it. So I like to keep it as simple as possible to minimize both of those barriers.

Below is a workout that only requires 30 minutes of your time, a sturdy picnic table or park bench, a beach towel, and a buddy. Try it out!

Some notes before you start:

1. Please check with your doctor before you begin a rigorous exercise program.

2. During the workout, you can always choose an easier position or do fewer repetitions if you feel you are working too hard. Keep going if there is "burning." Stop if there is sharp pain.

3. Check the integrity of the picnic table or bench you are about to put weight on. Make sure it is safe and not occupied. (FYI: if you're home, Elm Street Green has huge, strong tables and benches.)

Here is your workout, with recommended reps and cues, for safe and productive body position and motion.

Three- to five-minute brisk walk or jog: Make sure to move your arms to add to your warm-up.

Twenty squats: Back up to the seat of the table until backs of legs touch, feet set shoulder width apart. Bend knees and reach your hips back to sit on the seat while keeping heels down and posture up. Reach arms forward to counter-balance if needed. If too easy, add a jump at the top of the squat.

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