Outdoor Workout? Yes! Parcourse, fitness & obstacle courses & trails for travelers

At Athletic-Minded Traveler, we value “freebies” (Are you on our eNews list?) and that frugality extends to our workouts.  Outdoor fitness facilities are a budget-minded, active traveler’s best friend. To help those in our athletic-minded traveling community who prefer the outdoors, we have compiled a list of alternative venues to the traditional indoor gym.
 

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Our brains need exercise. Another reason to MOVE!

Yeah, we know, we know…exercise is good for us. 

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Bikram Yoga Sweat: Stumping the Rocket Scientists.

It started innocently: one day the Bikram Yoga room felt a little cool and I had come to get my sweat on! C’mon. What was going on here? This is Bikram Yoga. You know, the “torture chamber.” Here I was, being tortured by a cool breeze and goose bumps.

What to do? Add clothing. Problem solved.

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The Sniff Test: why this yoga mat is a winner.

It took a year before we were sold.

But even at the very beginning we took notice.  There was never, ever, a wet spot under our mat. Ever. Wow. We are BIG sweaters. Big. Ask anyone. We pour. At one point in our Bikram Yoga practice, we were offered a 3rd towel. We sweat that much. So having a mat completely impervious to liquid is a wonderful thing.

But it is what we noticed after a year that has made us believers.

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Hot Yoga Freebie ALERT! And what we offer the Athletic-MInded.

Athletic-Minded Traveler seeks to help anyone and everyone stay fit.

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Barry’s Bootcamp has serious competition from a Yoga Studio

Tamara Turkisher contributed this blog. She is an insurance agent, dog lover, foodie and exercise enthusiast.

From Yoga to Bootcamp

I workout religiously and I like routine. My “normal” 6 days a week sweat extravaganza includes a Hot Vinyasa Flow Class, and/or a Yoga Sculpt Class (heated Yoga combined with Weight Training and Cardio), and/or Barry’s Bootcamp, which is a combination of Cardio/Treadmill intervals with weight training etc. It works for me.

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Yoga or Pilates ? Which one is better for you?

Yoga has been around for thousands of years and first originated in India.  Pilates is a relative newbie having been created in the 1920s by Joseph Pilates as a way of rehabilitation.  Both offer health benefits, but which is better yoga or pilates?  In today’s world physical results rank high as a criterion, but what about the mental and spiritual aspects?  Consumers want an exercise experience that is physically challenging, that is a sound value, and creates tangible results.    

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Please Give Me Back Basic Gatorade

I?m annoyed with Gatorade. And, the slumping sales figures demonstrate that I?m not the only one. Ever since Gatorade felt the need to change its labeling and branding and add new products to the mix, sales have been heading downhill like the Boston Marathon course?or Obama?s job approval numbers?or mortgage rates?pick your analogy.

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Century Bike Rides: Training Tips for Beginners

After we recently published "Century Bike Rides for Beginners", we received requests for training advice.

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How to Start Running Your First Time

Of course, we all know how to run. But for those contemplating their first 5K or 10K race this year, or even those who want to take their fitness walking up to the next level, there are a few good tidbits to keep in mind. (Click here for our post on best marathons for beginners.)

1) Running Creates Impact - You will awaken muscles, joints, bones and arteries, that have been under-utilized for years.

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