Some people have been asking me about getting exercise in while traveling. If you read my blog post from Monday, you know that I went on a trip with 500+ college students over spring break. I learned some things about getting exercise on trips that I thought I’d share with you guys:
- Work with what you have. So what if you don’t have a fancy gym in your hotel with lots of equipment? Look at what you have and be CREATIVE! There are so many fun possibilities! I didn’t have a gym last week, but I had a courtyard and 8 flights of stairs next to my room. One day I did a killer workout in less than 15 minutes using those stairs and it was awesome. In the past, I’ve also used my luggage as “weights” for strength training. If you need ideas, just look some up on Pinterest!
- Plan it in your schedule. We had super early mornings and late nights. I was pretty tired, but I planned ahead of time the days and the times I was going to cut out for exercise. That helped me be more prepared and know when I needed to go to bed a little earlier or take advantage of the days I got to sleep in.
- Go higher intensity and less time. If you don’t have a full hour to exercise, at least do something. And make it worth your time. One day last week I only worked out for maybe 30 minutes, but I ended up working as hard as I do teaching an hour-long cycling class. If you know you only have a little bit of time, still go for it anyway, but push yourself!
- Get up and walk as much as possible! I wore a step tracker during the entire trip. It was fun trying to get as many steps in as possible! We had a lot of teachings and seminars last week, but I periodically stood up and walked around in the back to get some steps in. Walk everywhere as much as possible, take the stairs instead of the elevator, and just try to get moving somehow!
- Try to get a friend to do it with you. I know if you travel alone this is hard to do, but I found some people on the trip with us that wanted to work out, too. Then we held each other accountable. If you are alone, maybe text a friend and send them the workout you did so they can hold you accountable.
I LOVE cobbler. Like, really love cobbler. My husband has this super delicious recipe for blackberry cobbler that we ate way too many times in our first year of marriage. I wanted to find a way to make it quick and easy, with good ingredients and wayyyyy less sugar. You know those moments when you’re just craving a dessert and you need it right away? No, just me? Well, if you do know those moments, this dessert is perfect for you because when the craving hits, you can literally have this dessert ready 5 minutes later!
The best part- I am bringing it to you TWO ways- NEVER done before here on Kitchenspired! The cake is surprisingly moist and slightly sweet. You would never know this dessert has NO gluten, dairy, or refined sugar whatsoever! So go make yourself some and enjoy!
Blackberry Cobbler Mug Cake
- 1 cup blackberries
- 1 1/2 tbsp coconut flour
- 1 egg
- 2 tbsp unsweetened applesauce
- 1 tbsp natural almond butter
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1 tbsp honey
- Put the cup of blackberries at the bottom of a deep mug.
- In a separate bowl, mix the rest of the ingredients together thoroughly.
- Pour the cobbler batter on top of the blackberries.
- Microwave for 1 minute 45 seconds. The batter will expand as it cooks, so keep an eye on it if you are not sure your mug is deep enough. Option- if you don’t have a microwave, you can bake it at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
- Let cool for a few minutes, and enjoy!
Raspberry Dark Chocolate Cobbler Mug Cake
- 1 cup raspberries
- Other than the blackberries, the same ingredients above
- 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life gluten, dairy, and soy free chocolate chips)
*Note- if you use dark chocolate chips, make sure to reduce the amount of honey in the batter by half.
- Place cup of raspberries at the bottom of a deep mug.
- Mix all other ingredients together in a separate bowl, until well incorporated. Fold in chocolate chips.
- Pour batter in mug on top of raspberries. Microwave for 1 minute 45 seconds, keeping an eye on the batter to make sure it doesn’t expand beyond the mug. Option- if you don’t have a microwave, you can bake it at 350 for 20 minutes.
- Remove and let cool. Enjoy and share with someone else!