Queenstown. My new favorite city in the Southern Hemisphere. Just…wow. The small town is situated in a lake-side valley surrounded by mountains on all sides, with a few main streets filled with restaurants, bars, shops and tourist attractions.
The action sports capitol of the world, Queenstown is full of everything but kiwis…what seems the vast majority of people are from somewhere else, mostly on “working holiday” for a few months or a year, which more often turns into three years or more.
More on Queenstown, the surrounding areas and my adventures there under the soon-to-be launched “Travel Notes” section of my website.
After two weeks into my journey, fitness has been consistently average. For those unfamiliar, I use the “You Are Your Own Gym” fitness program, using bodyweight strength training exercises in place of a gym or other programs that require weights or other equipment (for obvious reasons). For anyone interested, I highly recommend this program (I’m going to call it Your Gym from here out).
Having completed 30 weeks since starting Your Gym, I started week one of the next 10-week cycle while I was in Auckland. Because I’ve had pretty nice accommodations in most places so far, I’ve been able to do my workouts where I’m staying for the most part. There have been a few exceptions where I’ve had to find creative places to exercise.
In Auckland I found a nice public park to work on push/pull exercises. I used a tree branch for pull-ups which actually added a unique dynamic to the exercise. This was a particularly long branch with quite a bit of give up and down. So on the contraction or “pull” stroke, the branch is giving under my weight; then on the extension, or the negative, the branch would be recoiling back up and pulling away from me. This felt somewhat awkward at first and took a few sets to adjust to, but forced me to do more controlled, deliberate repetitions. I also used a park bench for one-handed push ups with hands elevated and a statue for let-me-ups.
In Queenstown I managed to get out for a morning workout last Sunday in the village green, a little square with terraced grassy areas and a creek running through the center. Here I used a raised terrace to do one-legged squats, as well as a platform-like creekside boulder to do one-legged Romanian deadlifts.
A big part of the fitness element is obviously nutrition, which has probably been the biggest challenge so far – but I’m going to save that topic for my next fitness post. I also plan to write about planning workouts into your day while traveling.
How do you stay fit and healthy while you’re traveling? Any tips or tricks you’d like to share?.