“Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.”

Something happened this weekend. Something Chris and I haven’t done for several weeks. We stayed home. We went out for a dinner date, got in some much-needed R&R, did a ton of stuff around the house, watched hockey and had solid gym sessions both Saturday and Sunday morning (I’m headed out right now to get my Sunday Sweat on!). That last part was probably the best feeling out of everything.

Lake-Vacation

Love.The.Lake

Living less than an hour from beautiful Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, and having the added bonus of all our parents owning lake properties, we’re spoiled in that we get to live at the lake every weekend from late April to early October. It’s peaceful. It’s relaxing. It’s fun. It’s also tough on the diet and workout routine.

I’ll often get up early on Saturday morning at the lake to run with Burton – however, the warmer summer weather limits the distance we can run (we both get hot!) and my famous hard Sunday lifting sessions go by the wayside. I do my best to work within my surroundings but it’s just not the same. Same goes for travel; I’m great about making time to get in workouts and making do with what I have with the hotel and nearby facilities, they’re just never quite as good as when I’m home.

As I prepare for a work trip to Montana this week, I was checking out the area and gym facilities so I could set up myself for best success. Cardio should be no problem; if there aren’t safe trails nearby, I always have the hotel cardio machines. But the weight room is always lacking, no matter how nice the hotel. Then, I started thinking about resistance bands and how convenient they’d be for traveling and working out away from home, lake or other far off place.

I’ve never worked out with resistance bands. When we talk lifting, I’m a heavy weights girl. But I feel like they could be a great option when away from home, so I’m looking to buy a couple and find some good resistance workouts. It may take awhile for me to experiment with moves and find good combos I like, but I have a feeling a blog along the lines of, “My favorite resistance bands workout” is coming soon.

In the meantime, I could use some advice – do you have any good resistance band workouts or moves? How about general tips to make workouts happen when you’re away from home? Leave a comment or tweet me @runlikeagirl311 on Twitter.

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