Stay Active Wherever you Go
Day 1 - January 25
The Flight - Tips on Airport Food
It can be tough to keep a healthy diet while walking around the airport because most places are fast food style. You need to decide what you would like, and figure out how to make it healthy. Do you want an egg? Try to avoid an egg sandwich with cheese, and ask for eggs mixed with veggies either scrambled or omelets style. Do you want a sandwich? Try to stop in the airport that makes them for you rather then one that has them already prepared, if you are not in too much of a hurry. You can also grab fruits that some convenience stores offer – bars and nuts are good snacks as well for the plane ride.
A good idea for the plane trips, to help maintain your home dieting, would be to pack your snacks and meals for your trip. Sandwiches, a salad, fruits, bars, nuts. This is a good way to keep from breaking your eating habits.
Day 2 - January 26
Stew and I cooked dinner for my family – Stuffed red peppers with a fresh salad. The peppers were stuffed with beans and rice – onions and garlic, and tomato sauce. The salad was made with lettuce, garbanzo beans (chickpeas), tomatoes, red onions, olives, ground pepper, and for the dressing I made guacamole with fresh avocados.
Day 3 - January 27
ZIP LINING (Canopy)
What is it Working
Your target muscles are your core muscles - abdominals and hip flexors.
When you are strapped into your harness, you need to position your body so that you are a “human arrow”. This will allow for you to travel fast down the chord. In order to position yourself you lean back, keeping your abs tight, and bring your legs up to flex your hips - you need to try to hold yourself like this at each zip line station.
Our workout consisted of high knees, sumo knees, butt kicks, squats, lunges, shuffling side to side, and more.
Working out in the pool is great for everyone! Especially people with joint and back problems.
- If you ever travel to a place and have access to a pool, get in and move around. You can swim, or walk around the pool - if you want a good work out, look up pool workouts online to get some ideas of what to do.
So for dinner we did not need much. We prepared red beans and rice.
Day 4 - January 28
Starting the Day off Right
We jogged 800 meters (1/2 mile) to the beach and did a 20 minute workout using our body weight, rocks on the beach, and logs on the beach. We did jumping jacks, squats, high knees, push-ups, step ups, bicep curls and shoulder presses, and more. It got everybodies hearts pumping, and kept their bodies moving. It was a great superset of exercises for a short duration. Our cool down was a speed walk back to our apartment 800 meters.
It was a beautiful day to learn.
Your core is challenged because you are focusing on balancing on your board during the ride. You start in a prone position (lying belly down on the board) to a quick standing position, engaging your core to keep yourself on the board during the wave ride.
Your arms are working (Rotator cuff in the shoulders, and your biceps and triceps) because when you paddle, you are reaching for the water in front and pulling through to get yourself moving.
Your legs are working when you stand on the board. Once you are in the right position on your board, your hips and knees are going to be flexed in a squatting position - you want your center of gravity as close to the board as possible to help with balance.
Day 5 - January 29
Hiking in Search of Monos (Monkeys)
[[ It was a steep road, which was a great workout because it challenged our leg muscles due to the drastic incline.]]
We kept our eyes opened for these famous monkeys, but unfortunatly we did not see them on this hike. Lucky for us however, we found a beautiful view on top of the mountain - What great motivation!