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Okay, so, I'm going on vacation for about two and a half weeks (from July 5th through the 22nd). My friend and I are basically going to London, Amsterdam and Brussels. Obviously, I'm excited, but my biggest concern is losing momentum. I've been doing so well lately...working out everyday, eating relatively healthy (I actually just got my wisdom teeth out on Monday and have been unable to eat anything besides applesauce and tomato soup). The friend I am going with is a lazy bum and refuses to do anything that remotely resembles "working out." He won't even go running with me...this is all fine with me, though, because I don't mind waking up earlier than he and going running by myself, or working out by myself, or really doing anything by myself. I'm just not sure what I should do for those two and a half weeks. I feel like I've become so dependent on the gym and all those machines that without them, nothing I do will be "good enough." Any advice? (PS I'm not sure I posted this in the right forum, so if not, please tell me where I should post it).
 

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First of all, have fun and enjoy your vacation! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> It sounds like it'll be a lot of fun!!<br><br><br><br>
My advice to you is to not let your friend's lazy habits become contagious to you. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"> Easier said than done, I know, but it seems you already have good intention of staying fit throughout your vacation. I would get up in the morning to run, or even enjoy a nice jog in the evening. I'm sure you'll find the motivation and the time to exercise while still having fun and relaxing on your vacation. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sunny.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":sunny:">
 

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If you can't get all your exercise in, make sure to focus more on what you eat so you don't lose progress. In europe, it is definately doable to eat pretty healthy. But you'll probably do a lot of walking right? so that should help. Have fun and good luck!
 

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iirc, it's pretty easy to get a lot of walking done in Europe (and I do mean a loooooooooot of walking done <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"> ). If you can or want to, put some somewhat light ankle weights (maybe a pound or two) on so you can get a bit of extra workout as you hoof it round the EU. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
Europeans tend to think those of us that get up and jog or work out are off our nut (blanket generalties, here). My recommendation to that is to find some good "in the room" exercises that you can do before you start your day out of doors. IIRC, there's a thread about good indoor exercises one can do if it's less than kind outside (I think it's called "rain, rain go away" or something like that).<br><br><br><br>
By the way, ANY mobility is better than none at all so don't let the "if I'm not sweatin' it on a machine, I'm not really working out" mentality sabotage you. You might find you're getting in <i>more</i> of a workout because your mind is occupied on what you're seeing, not what you're confined to in the 4 walls of a gym.<br><br><br><br>
Good luck to you. Enjoy your trip (and I do mean ENJOY your trip <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/yes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":yes:"> ) and don't forget to take TONS of pics. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
eta: don't know what part of Amsterdamn you'll be in but if possible, check out De Bolhoed (Prinsengracht 60, Amsterdam. Phone #: 020 - 626 18 03 ). It's vegan from what I understand, and YUMMY!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/broccoli.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":bobo:">
 

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You shouldn't lose much fitness if any in that short amount of time. Enjoy yourself, eat sensibly and walk a lot. If missing out on the gym really bothers you, pushups, triceps pushups, crunches, calf raises and lunges can be done anywhere with no equipment and hit most of your body parts. Going up and down stairs works great too.
 

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London is a fantastic walking city. Try to walk to get around most of the time. If your friend doesn't want to walk as much have them take a taxi, bus or the tube and either leave after you or have them find something to do while you walk and you'll meet them there.<br><br><br><br>
I haven't been to Amsterdam or Brussels, so I don't know how well walking will fit you there.<br><br><br><br>
Have a great time, I *LOVE* London. Be sure to check out a play while you're there if you like the theater.
 

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London is a fantastic walking city.<br><br><br><br>
I haven't been to Amsterdam or Brussels, so I don't know how well walking will fit you there.<br><br><br><br>
Have a great time, I *LOVE* London. Be sure to check out a play while you're there if you like the theater.</div>
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London is a good city to walk in, but it is very easy to go everywhere by undergound if you're lazy and have a travelcard. In central London, walking takes about the same time as a bus or tube though, so try and persuade your friend to walk (push the economics of it maybe?). Amsterdam is smaller and I don't think I've ever used any form of transport except walking once I've arrived at the train station there.<br><br><br><br>
Other than those things I would go for a run while your friend relaxes. Eating well should be easy enough.
 
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