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Monday, May 9, 2011

Pleasanton Executive Vacation Workout

In today’s drab economy people more than ever need a reason to feel positive about the world in which they live, and their own personal future in it. Often times people, not unlike like myself, look for ways to lift their spirits. One popular way to do this is to get yourself away from the everyday grind and take a vacation, even if it is for only a long weekend.  You’ve probably read some of my previous articles where I wrote about the importance of incorporating a proper diet and exercise program into your life style. So, in keeping with this same theme I decided to write about my recent experience of trying to maintain my personal routine of a good diet and exercise regiment while on vacation in Mexico.

Let me start by saying, “It’s easier said than done!”  Of course it depends on your own idea of a vacation. If your idea of a vacation is mountain biking up Mount Everest while carrying a 75lb backpack, then this article is probably not for you.  However, if your someone like me whose idea of a vacation is a trip to an exotic location with a stay at a decent hotel, cocktails by the pool, a massage on the beach, evenings filled with seaside piano bars, Salsa dancing, winding up with a late night stumble back to the room with the knowledge that breakfast will be delivered via room service around 11am, then this article is for you.  Now you’re probably thinking to yourself, how did he know what I did on my last vacation? Well it’s simple, because that’s how an awesome let your hair down, shake off the economy blues vacation should be, and exactly what I did in Mexico last month.

When I think of the vacation I took prior to my most recent one to Mexico, I recall how challenging it was to stay on track. I used every excuse not to drag my butt down to the hotel Gym to hammer out the 4 miles on the Treadmill and then straddle the machines to complete the weight training reps I usually incorporate into my daily regimen.  I used excuses like, “oh my gosh, my head hurts to much from consuming those 43 tropical umbrella drinks at the happy hour bar last night….wait…. that was early this morning!”  “Let me just take one more day to let my muscles recoup.”  There are too many excuses to list in this article.

My recent vacation to Mexico was no different, in that, I arrived and quickly sought to settle into to my vacation surroundings in the hopes that the last 5 months worth of stress would float away in the clear blue waters of the gulf. However, this time my exercise regimen was quite different.   It became quite clear the change in my exercise program made all the difference on this vacation. Last December I met Mark Rogers a certified personal trainer who trains in the Pleasanton, California and Tri-Valley areas.  Mark taught me a completely new approach to getting into great shape.  It isn’t necessary to have access to expensive gym equipment.  You do not need to run 4 miles a day, and no need to spend 2 hours a day to meet your fitness goals. In fact, all you need is a good pair of sneakers and if possible a decent pair of dumbbells, ideally in two weight choices to allow for the unique exercises. I personally use light weight i.e. 10lb and 20lb dumbbells.  That said, you do not need to bring them on your vacation, just be sure your remember to pack your sneakers.  

I found the program Mark Rogers developed for me to be amazingly simple, incredibly functional and without a doubt has me in the best shape I’ve been in since I was in my 20s. This year I incorporated the new program into my vacation.  As a result I found I could complete my entire routine in 45 minutes without even leaving my hotel room balcony.  Granted I did slip occasionally, however,  for the most part I kept up my routine. To my delight I found my staying faithful to the daily exercise program actually gave me additional energy that proved to further enhance my vacation experience.

So if you’re anything like me, I highly recommend you give Mark a call and get your “Vacation Motivation” on! Don’t let your much needed vacation detract from that which is most important, your physical well being.

Stay Fit!

John-David Enright

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