Keeping Fitness a Priority On-The-Road
Between sightseeing, meetings and dining out, traveling for business or pleasure can often put a kink in your exercise schedule. But it doesn’t have to be that way. With the right mindset and a little ingenuity, you can easily sneak a workout into your daily routine without disrupting your trip. Here’s how:
When you hit the road, it’ll be difficult to maintain a workout regimen. Your travels will likely leave you looking for any excuse to put exercising on the back burner. That’s why it’s important to set realistic expectations so you stay motivated to complete your goals.
The best way to stay on track with your exercise plans is by planning ahead. In their article, “10 Ways to Get a Workout on Vacation” Active.com suggests you:
- Investigate the facilities near your travel destination
- Check the weather and pack appropriate workout gear
- Use a calendar to set the exact days you want to workout
- Pack lightweight exercise equipment (i.e. jump rope, resistance bands, yoga mat)
Utilize Local Amenities.
Depending on where you stay, most hotels will offer their guests access to workout facilities and exercise equipment. These amenities could vary anywhere from a fitness center equipped with weight machines, treadmills, and fitness mats to a pool large enough to swim laps. Some all-inclusive resorts also provide yoga and Pilates classes at little to no cost for their guests.
Be sure to take advantage of what your hotel and nearby surroundings have to offer, especially if you are already paying for it. Rent a bike or kayak through your hotel. Go for a hike. Take a stroll through the nearby park. Find ways to enjoy the outdoors while you exercise!
Alter Your Workout Routine.
Unfortunately, not all hotels will offer special workout equipment so be prepared to break your typical routine if necessary. Look at it as a chance to experiment with your fitness efforts and try new exercises! Effective workouts can include:
- Using your body to create resistance with push-ups, sit-ups, lunges, etc.
- Downloading exercise videos to watch on your computer or smartphone
- Skipping the elevator and climbing the stairs
- Lifting water bottles or using water-filled weights, such as AquaBells and The CrossBell
Looking to use your smartphone to track your progress? There’s an app for that!
Download YouTube free to access exercise videos!
Check out RunKeeper, a free smartphone app that keeps tabs on your speed, pace, calories burned, and distance travelled! It is useful not only for running statistics but it also tracks swimming, hiking, biking, and other activities.
Look at Nike Training Club, a free app that allows you to choose the level and type of workout you want while giving you video and picture tutorials of each exercise!
Don’t let travel get in the way of maintaining your fitness! Be proactive, come prepared, and take advantage of your surroundings. You can do anything you set your mind to! Keep us updated on how you stay fit on the road in the comments below.
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