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A Simple Exercise Routine to Stay in Shape on Vacation

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We’ve all been there – in order to look great on your vacation, you eat healthy and exercise right in the months before, but as soon as that first day of freedom hits, you completely forget about your good habits and go home feeling sluggish and unhealthy. Our Newark Airport parking company is here to help. We’ve put together a simple routine so that you can stay in shape while you’re on vacation:

Each day, after you wake up and before you get ready, take 15 minutes to do these easy exercises that work your arms, legs, and core. Do three sets of 10 repetitions for each exercise and rest as little as possible between each exercise.

Arms

Step 1: The Push-Up

Make sure that your body is in a flat line and that your hands are positioned below your shoulders, then lower your body down until your nose is about an inch off the floor. Raise back up and repeat.

Step 2: The Chair Dip

Sit on the edge of your chair and place your hands on the edge of the chair on either side of your thighs. With your feet flat on the floor and your legs at a 90-degree angle, scoot off the chair a few inches and lower yourself toward the floor. Straighten your arms and repeat. (If you don’t have a chair, you can use your bed.)

Step 3: The Arm Circle

Standing with your feet shoulder distance apart, straighten your arms so that they’re at 90-degree angles with your sides. With your palms flat, move your arms in a fast circular motion. With each set, make the circles bigger. For variety, you can also make backwards circles.

Legs

Step 1: The Squat

Stand with your feet shoulder distance apart and either parallel or about 15 degrees outward (whichever is more comfortable). With your arms out in front of you, lower yourself into a seated position until your thighs are parallel with the floor. Remember to keep your chest up as you do this exercise.

Step 2: The Tip-Toe Lunge

With your legs together, raise yourself up onto your toes. Keeping your left leg straight, step your right leg forward and lower your body down until your thigh is parallel with the floor. Hold for at least five seconds, then bring your legs back together. Switch and step your left leg forward and repeat. Just remember to stay on your toes!

Step 3: The Calf Raise

Standing with your feet shoulder distance apart, slowly raise yourself up onto your toes and back down. Do one set with your toes pointed inward, one set with your toes parallel, and one set with your toes pointed outward.

Core

Step 1: The Plank

Arrange yourself in push-up position (making sure your body is in a flat line), then lower yourself onto your elbows and tighten your core. Hold this position for 30 seconds each repetition.

Step 2: The Flutter Kick

Start by lying on your back with your arms at your sides and palms facing down. Then, raise your heels about six inches off of the ground and make quick kicking motions, keeping your heels off the ground.

Step 3: The Side Dip

Lay on your right side and prop yourself up onto your elbow, keeping your legs stacked and straight. Place your left hand on your left hip and raise your left hip as far up as possible. Lower it back down, but keep your body off of the floor and remember to stay straight. Repeat, then switch sides.