5-Minute Fitness for Backpackers

Here’s a super-quick post about my workout routine while backpacking.  As much as I miss going to the gym and have a really good hard workout, that’s simply not a reality while backpacking.  Instead I came up with a routine that I find hits all the major areas I want it to–arms, core and legs–and, depending on how much time/energy I have, can be a 5-minute deal or can be pushed into a more intense workout.  So here it is!

  • Tuck-crunches:  ten tucking straight in front, ten tucking to the right, ten tucking to the left, and another ten tucking straight in front.  Repeat 2-3 times, resting between sets.
  • Push-ups:  ten regular push ups, ten wide-set push-ups, ten close (hands side-by-side) push-ups.  Repeat 2-3 times.
  • Plie squats:  starting on my toes, 10 full squats, 10 seconds pulsing on both toes, 10 seconds pulsing right foot flat and left foot pointed, 10 seconds reversed, 10 seconds both on toes.  Repeat 2-3 times.

And that’s it!  I will point out, I get lazy some days and only do one set of each, or skip one (usually the squats, particularly if my hamstring is bothering me), but something is better than nothing! 

Now I just need to add a good stretching routine and I’ll be good …. Unfortunately stretching can’t be done in 5-minute bursts.

P.S. For some fantastic tips on gaining back flexibility, check out Clubmynx’s Blog for Nic’s posts!  She’s my flexibility inspiration!

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