Welcome back to Fitness Friday! It kind of feels weird to be talking about fitness right now because I just spent a week in Montreal out of my “usual” fitness routine, but one thing is for sure – I am SO ready to get back at it. I didn’t totally neglect strength training and cardio but I did definitely reduce my time in the gym and took advantage of using walking and touring Quebec as my daily fitness. It was a perfect way to let my muscles have a week off while still staying somewhat active on my trip!
Is it weird that I missed my gym while I was on vacation? I really enjoyed not feeling like I had to get up at 5am and hit the gym every morning in Montreal but I really missed my fitness routine! I think that’s why vacation is so awesome for our “habits” and “usuals” because it forces us to work with what we have, get active in different ways, and in some cases, take a physical and mental break from the grind.
I absolutely LOVED Quebec. We stayed in the perfect location in Montreal, as it was close to the Bell Center, and walking distance to Old Montreal, Mont Royal, Saint-Catherines Street, and many of the transit centres and stations. We got a lot of walking in during our time in Montreal and Quebec City, through snow and wind and cold, we reached an average of 15,000 to 18,000 steps a day.
I feel ready to rock the gym and even though I only missed two strength workouts in the entire week, I feel rested and recovered (those little daily strains and muscle tears that love a few days of rest) and ready to get back to the gym! I am also ready to reduce my beer and cheese intake because I think I’ve had enough of each of those to last me the rest of the year. 😉 I don’t regret an ounce of either.
Travelling really gets me thinking about healthy lifestyles as I explore and find different ways people view “health.” Quebec is obviously a very french province and has adopted or maintained a lot of the french lifestyle characteristics such as enjoying fresh, local food, enjoying meals with friends and family over a long period of time, not shying away from creams and cheeses and rich desserts because portions are small and are matched with equal portions of vegetables and fruit and protein. There are bikes everywhere in Montreal and it is a walk or ride kind of city, particularly downtown, and I love that! Travel really helps me put in perspective what new meanings of health, fitness, and happiness are around the world and continuously shapes my own definitions of those.
P.S. I miss Montreal already. 😉