With the summer months, many of us plan time away camping or at cottages. It’s simple to think you can’t maintain your workouts—you’re low on space and don’t have room for a lot of equipment (and why would you want to pack it, anyway?).
I found myself in this position while at my trailer recently, but I still wanted to get my workout in, so I made do with what I had available—and you can, too! Here are a few things you should have on-hand while you’re at the cottage or campground this summer that you can use for your workouts.
What you can use:
A Gym Bag:
You probably have one of these on hand for transporting clothes or other supplies to and from your getaway location. This can be used in place of a sandbag—just add “stuff” to increase the weight (a bunch of clothes, some cans from the cupboard, etc.). You can hold the bag over your shoulders to perform sandbag squats, or hold the handles and swing the bag through your legs like you would do with a kettlebell. Bent-over rows can also be performed with the bag.
It’s not really camping or a summer night at the cottage without a campfire, so you probably have some firewood nearby. I grabbed a couple of pieces and used them as dumbbells, and they worked perfectly to add resistance to my bodyweight exercises.
You’ll certainly have a supply of towels with you—a beach towel or bath towel works well as a yoga mat if you need it for your workout space.
We use a rope as a tie-down for some items at our trailer, so I grabbed it and wrapped it around my hands a few times (because I’m vertically challenged), and it made a perfect skipping rope.
If you have any of those stretchy bungee-type cords for storing things and securing them in place, you can find a place to attach them and perform rowing or pulling exercises such as bicep curls, tricep extensions, single arm rows, etc.
Do This Workout
Here’s a complete away-from-home workout for you to perform with the items listed above:
30-40 seconds of work, 10 seconds of rest. Perform three rounds of each, resting only before next superset for 1 minute :
- Sandbag squats
- Reverse lunges (alternate legs)
- Jumping jacks
30-40 seconds of work, 10 seconds of rest. Perform three rounds of each, resting only before next superset for 1 minute ::
- Bicep curls
- Tricep extensions
- Single arm rows (if your cord is long enough, perform Double arm rows)
30-40 seconds of work, 10 seconds of rest. Perform three rounds of each, resting only before the plank for 1 minute ::
- Mountain climbers
Finish off with a 1-minute plank.
Don’t forget to warm up before you start, watch your form, and stretch after you complete the workout.
Not being at home with your equipment or near a gym doesn’t mean you have to skip out on your workout. Get creative and use what you have on hand to use those muscles and get your blood pumping. You’ll have more energy to enjoy those long, sunny days at the cottage or campground!