Leaving town? It’s summertime, and that means trips to Aunt Becky’s for her 50th birthday, destination weddings, your company’s mandatory annual networking convention, or even a much needed vacation to palm springs. Wherever your travels take you, these trips always have health and fitness “road-blocks”. Below are a few much-needed tips on how to stay active and fit whilst you travel.
Besides being away from your home gym, trips away usually come with some indulgent eating and thus it is even more important to stay active. In addition to fitness, traveling is a great passion of mine, so I am no stranger to the difficulties that traveling can present, but the one thing I can tell you is that where there is a will there is a way! I always pack resistance bands, jump ropes and plan ahead! The same way you wake up every morning to brush your teeth, wash your face, and make a pot of coffee, you should incorporate being active as part of your daily routine.
PLAN! PLAN! PLAN!
Whereever your travels take you, plan ahead.
*This is easier than you think - as you check-in for your flight or before you pack up the car, do a quick Internet search on your destination and discover your fitness options.
1) Find out if your hotel has a gym and also the facility’s hours
2) There is no gym!! Find one nearby where you can get a day/week pass.
3) Still No Gym?!!
a. What about a park?
b. Recreation center?
c. Highschool or College? – Many schools have outdoor areas with tracks, pull ups bars, etc.
4) Pick a realistic time to workout, when you know you will not be busy with family, in a meeting, or sightseeing.
5) Set your alarm!
6) Stick to the plan!
THE TRIP BACK HOME
1) Check online to find local gyms with the best deals.
2) No gym!! Take it to the field! Find a nearby park, highschool, or college with any open space.
3) Set a “you time slot” and let your friends and family know that at least one hour a day you will be working out/hiking/running.
4) Set your alarm!
5) Stick to the plan!
THE “NO GYM” WORKOUT
*What you will need: Resistance bands. Jump rope. Towel. Open area I.E. park, track, or even your hotel room ;)
1) 1 min of jumping rope
2) 15 push-ups
3) 15 resistance band squats
4) 12-15 resistance band bicep curls
5) 20 sit-ups
**REPEAT CIRCUIT 4 TIMES**
We have all taken a trip and let our fitness take the back seat, but so much about being healthy and active has to do with having a plan. So next time you are booking your flights to Imastayfit, Somewhere put some extra thought and time into finding out where your next workout will take you.