How We Were Active on a 60+ Hour Train Trip

IMG_9541The majority of our train trip from NYC to CA consisted of sitting and eating. Don’t get me wrong, I loved being forced, in a way, to be lazy and relax for a few days. Especially after all the moving and packing we did in the week leading up to the trip. While I was fully prepared to embrace (and looking forward to it) the lazy times on the train, I also didn’t want to be completely sedentary. I was motivated by not wanting to undo the workout schedule I have been keeping up for over a year, but Rob and I also get a kick out of unconventional workouts. They can be a nice change of pace from the monotony of working out at a gym. Rob had hoped that the stops would be longer than they were so that he could run in one direction for 8-9 minutes and then turn around and run back. Lucky for me (I would have been a nervous wreck wondering he he was going to make it back in time) and unfortunately for him, the stops weren’t that long. On the second full day of the trip, we got ready in the morning so that we could take advantage of the first “smoking stop” of the day. As soon as the door opened, we ran out and warmed up with jumping jacks, high knees, and butt kicks. Then we ran the length of the train a couple of times before the conductor yelled, “All Aboard!”. It was a bit awkward because we had to weave through people staring at us and around the plumes of cigarette smoke, but it felt really good to move my body and get some fresh (ish) air.

IMG_9539The stop was about seven minutes long and then we were back on the train doing lunges, squats and calf raises in the hallway downstairs from our room. The whole workout took only 20 minutes, but I am proud of us for breaking a sweat and being active when we easily could have been sitting in the viewing car or sleeping in our room. I was sore when I woke up the next morning which surprised me. My theory is that a few different muscles were used than I normally use because I had to balance harder with the train jerking and lurching as I did my lunges and squats.IMG_9533

We are looking forward to our next long road trip or train trip. But next time, we want to steal an idea from another passenger that worked out when we stopped in Denver. He brought a jump rope with him and simply jumped from the moment the doors opened until he had to get back on the train. As soon as we saw him we thought “Why didn’t we think of that?!”. Jump ropes are super light and they are a great way to get cardio in when you don’t have 30 minutes to go on a run, so they are perfect for working out on the go!

Turning Your City into Your Gym

Rob and I are big fans of changing up our workout routines so they don’t get boring because there is nothing more demotivating than a boring workout. We’ve tried the popular one song workouts and used the stairs in our old building from time to time. But there’s another great alternative to working out at a gym (and a far cheaper one at that) that we are fans of: urban hiking. Urban hiking is a walk in an urban area that is longer than a 1 mile (at least that’s where I draw the line between a regular walk and an urban hike). They are a great way to sightsee if you are visiting a new city, or explore areas of your own city you haven’t been to before. All while getting a workout in! There are websites out there that will give you good routes to use on your hike, but Rob and I usually end up picking an end point, mapping how we want to get there and then going. Our end points range from a bar or restaurant we want to check out (a nice treat at the end of a workout!) or a specific errand we need to get done like grocery shopping.

The only picture I snapped on our 3.3 mile Labor Day Urban Hike!

What awesome urban hikes have you been on in your city? Or is there an urban hike you’ve done in NYC that you think Rob and I should try? We want to know!