How to Stay Fit While Traveling
Learn how to stay strong, even when you’re away from home.
When something is important to you like your health and well-being, you do it every day. You wouldn’t stop showering while on vacation or a work trip, right? Same goes for exercise while traveling. While you may try, using the fact that the town you’re in doesn’t have your fitness club as an excuse just won’t cut it. There are plenty of ways you can sneak in a quick workout routine, even on the road.
Here are some simple tips you can use to stay fit, no matter where you may find yourself sleeping for the night.
Find an Excuse or Reason
It’s easy to find an excuse or reason not to work out, but if you want to stay fit while traveling you’ll find a reason to get that workout in. Go for a brisk walk or light run and explore the new town you’re in. Who knows, you may even find a new friend to connect with later on. Take the stairs instead of the elevator when going up and down to and from your room. If you’re traveling with the family or with your lady, offer to carry all the suitcases from the car to the room and back. It may not sound like a lot but it will go a long way to keeping up with your fitness goals.
The bottom line is to stay active as much as you can as the habit of doing so will keep you from falling back into the habit of not working out. Your body will appreciate it, and the ladies will too.
Use What You Have at Your Disposal
If your hotel has a decent gym great, if not, find out if the hotel has partnered with a local fitness gym. They may be able to offer you a reduced day rate or get you a free visitors pass. But if those two things are not an option then you can always go with an outside workout.
Look for other activity-based locations near you; playgrounds typically are a great place to work out. Or look for local walking or cycling trails and things you can use for equipment. Tree branches, railing for pull-ups or rows, benches to jump on and do dips, hills or stairs to run up can all provide great locales and equipment to keep in shape.
Use Your Own Body Weight
Wherever you are it’s not that hard to stay fit while traveling. Your own body weight can give you a great workout, no gym required. If you’re stuck with limited time and space, try a quick body weight workout like the one below. You can do it just about anywhere.
Do the following exercises with minimal rest between exercises:
- Squats x 20 reps
- Push-Ups x 20 reps
- Dips x 20 reps
- Door Assisted Seated Row with Towel x 20 reps
- One-Leg Deadlift x 10 reps each leg
- Burpees x 10 reps
After you finish your first circuit, rest 90 seconds and repeat two more times for a total of three rounds. Easy and quick, but very effective. Trust me when I say you will be sweating by the time the workout is over.
Be Sure to Make Time
If you really want to work out, you’re going to have to make time for it. Nobody is going to hand it to you and excuses aren’t going to keep you in shape. Set aside some time from your itinerary or schedule in advance for your workout. Even if it means that you have to get up earlier or stay up later, you just have to make the time for it. That is the only way you are going to make sure to get it done.
Look for ways to add short bursts of activity to your schedule. Sneak in a few push-ups here and there. Do some squats or chair dips while the rest of your colleagues or traveling partners are on a break or resting. Take the stairs and meet your kids at the elevator, every little bit counts so don’t under estimate the power of the little things. They all go a long way in your quest to stay fit while traveling.
Have Fun with It
Like most things in life, fitness is best if you don’t take it too seriously. Forget waiting for the perfect time. Forget doing everything right. Just get moving and have some fun. You might even return home in better shape than when you left.