Paradise is physically challenging, too, you know …
I’m back … [sigh] … from the family trip to the Big Island. Two weeks are never enough (except the part where I have to grease up two squirming, protesting children with pasty mineral sunscreen every morning — oi, is that a thankless task!).
But anyway … although most of what I did was sit on the beach, letting the sun warm my cold-blooded lizard-folk body, I was very pleased to note some of the benefits of consistent AbsoluteFIT workouts prior to the vacation:
- No fear of the scale. Our condo had a scale in the bathroom, which my kids loved playing on. My daughter was like, “OK mommy, now it’s your turn!” And I didn’t protest or demur — I just walked over there and got on it, knowing the number was going to be in the range of what I want it to be. Ta-da!
- Open-water kayaking. I rented a two-person kayak and took each kid out for a turn in the ocean — nearly two hours of paddling through waves, with passengers, and my upper body handled it just fine.
- Near-infinite 40-pound overhead presses. My four-year-old’s favorite game this time was called Tiger Chase Race, in which I pursued him through the shallows on foot, caught him in chest-deep water, and lifted him overhead (I am the tiger in this scenario, you see). Again and again and again. And again.
- Wave-jumping. We ventured to a less-protected beach this time, and there were actual waves — which we spent hours jumping over, diving under, running from, and bodysurfing on. HOURS, people. Exhausting, but exhilarating, and my legs and core were up to the challenge.
All in all, it was a wonderful vacation, and I was glad to be in good shape to enjoy it. Now, once the kids get over their jet lag and start waking up early enough … I can’t wait to get back into the new AbsoluteFIT studio!