Often, just reaching your destination requires strength, agility and speed. Running through a busy airport while dodging other passengers who aren’t trying to make tight connections, can summon reluctant fast twitch muscle fibers that will be hesitant to come to your assistance if you haven’t acknowledged their existence for a while. It’s kind of like hoping your uncle, whom you haven’t seen in 30 years, will remember you in his will. Interval and agility training can help promote muscular endurance and reaction time.
You may be required to climb stairs while wearing a backpack and holding an additional bag (cardio and strength training). Lifting your bag over your head to put it in an overhead bin requires strength and in my case, muscular endurance and agility, as I sometimes must stand on the seat to reach it. Just being able to sit in a small area, as in an airplane seat, requires flexibility. If you are tall, Houdini would be proud!
Once you reach your destination, you may be under the illusion that you can just lay around, but beware! There are often steps, hills and rocks to climb, small spaces to squeeze through and creatures with sharp, pointy teeth to avoid. In some cases, there are no sidewalks, handrails or elevators. Streets and walkways can be made of various materials and may not be smooth. Riders of “Le Tour de France” are my heroes. It takes amazing skill and core strength to be able to ride on cobblestone streets while steadying the bike and drinking champagne!
Make the most of your vacation. Get out there and have fun. Experience the fun first hand but make sure that you are prepared. Functional or travel training can help you enjoy life and your next “bucket list excursion.” If you don’t know where to start, contact me!