Summer “Would You Rather” Tag

I would like to thank my dear friend PoojaG for choosing to nominate me for this tag, also my first time participating. I love summer, so this sounded like a neat idea. Also, if you have not already, check out her blog, she just recently hit 3,000 followers on her blog so go wish her a congrats! 

Live in a tree house or a castle?

Part of me says a tree house because I do enjoy nature, but part of me says a castle because it would be a fun experience and offer some good history. That is a toss up, but if the tree house was really cool and built nicely & the weather was always sunny, I would probably choose a tree house. 

Be able to sing beautifully or dance beautifully?

Definitely sing beautifully, because I already dance fairly well. lol. 

singing

Ride a horse or a camel?

A horse. Although a camel would be a fun new experience. 

horse

Know a fairy or a unicorn?

A Fairy. 

fairy

Have a backyard that was a huge bounce house or a huge ball pit?

Huge ball pit, I always did like those when I went to Chuck ee cheese

Travel or stay home?

Travel. 

travel

Be able to fly or be able to breathe under water?

Fly.

Know where you’re going or have it be a surprise?

Know where I am going .. not all surprises are good ones.

Be on a boat or on an airplane?

I have never been on a plane and i might have been on a boat once but don’t remember, so it would be awesome to be on either one! 

Be able to see in the dark or be able to never get tired?

Be able to see in the dark, that would be interesting

Go on a vacation to the beach or to the mountains?

Since I have never been to a beach, a beach would be my choice. I live in Colorado so I know what the mountains are like 😀 

beach

Have picnics in the forest or in the park?

Hm. I have had them at a park before and enjoyed it but wouldn’t mind giving a forest a try just to see what it would be like. 

forest

Swim in the ocean or swim in a pool?

I have never been swimming in an ocean but I feel like it would heighten my anxiety unless I could see through the water clearly. I will say pool just to be safe! lol 😀 but want the opportunity to swim in the ocean.

pool

Be a dolphin or a cheetah?

Cheetah, it is my favorite animal 🙂

cheetah

Be able to make people laugh or be able to make people trust you?

I am already pretty comical and people normally always laugh around me, so I would say trust me.

Be surprised by a present or be able to pick what you get?

Be surprised, I am a simple gal, anything someone gets me is usually sweet and very awesome – it is the thought that counts. 

Eat popsicles or watermelon?

Popsicles. 

popsicle

Go camping or stay in a hotel?

I have stayed in some really nice hotels, and haven’t been camping in a long time, so camping it is. 

Do art or read?

I suck at art, so read! 

read

Experience an epic waterslide or an epic zip line?

Oh this is a hard one because I would love either one, I love thrills like this. 

My Nominees:

Maggie

gymnasticspirit

natalie

Ty

Here are the questions so you can copy them! 

  1. live in a tree house or a castle?
  2. be able to sing beautifully or dance beautifully?
  3. ride a horse or a camel?
  4. know a fairy or a unicorn?
  5. have a backyard that was a huge bounce house or a huge ball pit?
  6. travel or stay home?
  7. be able to fly or be able to breathe under water?
  8. know where you’re going or have it be a surprise?
  9. be on a boat or on an airplane?
  10. be able to see in the dark or be able to never get tired?
  11. go on a vacation to the beach or to the mountains?
  12. have picnics in the forest or in the park?
  13. swim in the ocean or swim in a pool?
  14. be a dolphin or a cheetah?
  15. be able to make people laugh or be able to make people trust you?
  16. be surprised by a present or be able to pick what you get?
  17. eat popsicles or watermelon?
  18. go camping or stay in a hotel?
  19. do art or read?
  20. experience an epic waterslide or an epic zip line?

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Hotels with Gyms

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Hello bloggers!

Have any of you ever booked a hotel based on it having a fitness facility (among other amenities) and because you booked a luxury or upscale or semi upscale hotel, you assumed all their amenities would also be that way, but when you arrive and after checking out the place, you are distraught by the size and lack of equipment the hotel gym provided. I know I have many of times, and it bugs me to think that my workout can be compromised because of the lack of equipment.  In the recent years that I have booked hotels, I don’t normally book the most expensive hotel and I don’t book the lowest priced hotels, but stay somewhere in the middle if possible and base my search on location, amenities and reviews that I read online (not to mention the pictures) and obviously the price of the room each night.  I tend to always like my hotels to come stocked with a gym, because well, I like being able to still workout whenever I am out of town unless provided I am spending more time with someone and less time on my own but it seems like the more hotels that I have gone to, the smaller the gym and more inadequate it is.  Almost makes me laugh when I see a gym with one treadmill, one elliptical machine and one dumbbell with a yoga mat (yes this has happened to me before).  Most people might find this to not be of a bother because the pool, the hot tub, the space of the room, location, and space inside in the room seem to the most important aspects when others look for hotels, but for me, I want a good quality gym and if not in the hotel, I am always hoping there is one nearby that I have a membership for or I am doomed to use what I have. 

I am going to share with you ways to cope with a gym that is lacking when you are staying in a hotel

  1. Check out the location of the hotel, is there a gym near you?
  2. is the hotel located on a safe road where running is a option (outside)
  3. do you have any family or friends in the area that have a gym membership or can provide you with information on nearby parks, etc
  4. does the hotel have a gym?
  5. bring your own equipment (small things) no need to pack the whole gym with you, but bring small dumbbells, kettlebells, TRX, etc with you if you wish to use them
  6. ask the hotel rep what their gym is like
  7. make do with what the hotel gym has, if it has cardio machines, use them.  If it has one dumbbell and a mat, be creative.
  8. Look at reviews to get an idea if anyone mentions the gym 
  9. do some online researching to see if any of the hotels in the surrounding area are said to have good quality gym facilities
  10. how long is your stay, is it going to be a HUGE deal if the gym sucks?
  11. bring dvds if the room has a dvd player and do workouts via the TV
  12. is there a swimming pool, if so, use that to get a good workout in. Swimming is a total body exercise
  13. Go for a walk to nearby shops and eateries, to get out and move
  14. rent a bike for a day if possible and ride around the area
  15. you can do crunches, push ups, planks, mountain climbers, supermans, side bends, etc all in your room. NOT ALL EXERCISES REQUIRE A GYM!!
Hopefully this list of ideas will help those of you who have had this same issue.  Sometimes you have to prepare for things to not always be perfect, so when you book a hotel, try to think outside of the box, especially when you are expecting a lavish stay and want the works.  The gym facility doesn’t have to be top of the line in order to be of use to you.  Not all exercises require a gym, sometimes you have to be creative and to be honest with you, as long as it makes sense, creativity can be a great source of exercise. Thank you for reading.
Feel free to share, comment and like this blog post. Also, if anyone has anything they would like to add to this list, please feel free to do so!
Your fitness blogger,
Shay-lon xoxo