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Exercise with limited resources/space

GrizzledGrizzled Registered User regular
edited June 2011 in Help / Advice Forum
After lots of false starts I have finally managed to get onto a regular schedule of working out over the last couple of months. I'm happy with the results (going mostly for core strength and cardio/endurance rather than trying to get big). I mostly do free weights and running/elliptical.

In a couple of weeks I'm off to do field research, for about six weeks. During that time I'll be living in a shack, in the jungle, in Central America. Therefore there are no weights or machines, nowhere to run, and not a lot space or resources. But I would like to not lose all the progress I've made so far. Also, we mostly live on fried chicken and rice and beans, so I will need to work out just to maintain my current level of fitness.

So: what exercises can I do in this situation? The goal is improving cardio and building overall strength and tone. I thought of pushups/situps, lunges and burpees, but I am looking for additional ideas.

Also, what could I do for equipment, specifically weights? I was thinking about filling some water jugs with sand or something like that, and I think I could make a barbell from pipes, concrete and tin cans.

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  • MegaMan001MegaMan001 CRNA Rochester, MNRegistered User regular
    edited June 2011
    I'm pretty sure living in the fucking jungle and eating chicken, rice, and beans qualifies as it's own goddamn workout.

    You probably should be more concerned with eating enough rather than working out enough.

    I mean, walking around the jungle will probably burn a lot of calories and keep you fit.

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  • bowenbowen How you doin'? Registered User regular
    edited June 2011
    I doubt it's fried chicken. Probably BBQ chicken.

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  • BlazeFireBlazeFire Registered User regular
    edited June 2011
    Maybe take a look at bodyweight exercises.

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  • CabezoneCabezone Registered User regular
    edited June 2011
    Pullups, if you want to maintain some sort of cardio add jumprope.

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  • ZombiemamboZombiemambo Registered User regular
    edited June 2011
    Burpees. Look up Convict Conditioning, it's all about bodyweight exercises done in a relatively small space.

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  • spool32spool32 Contrary Library Registered User regular
    edited June 2011
    Also, the Insanity routine only needs about a 9ft space to get a serious cardio workout.

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