When you’ve finally got into the swing of working out, or you’ve reached a weight loss or fitness goal, the last thing you want is to blow it while on vacation or travelling for work. But how to keep working out while traveling without impacting your schedule or ruining your vacation? Here are some ideas that work for me.
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How To Keep Working Out While Travelling
After losing over 30 pounds about three years ago, I work really hard to maintain my weight. We travel a lot, and the idea of missing workouts can really stress me out. I know I’m not alone in this. Whether you travel for business or pleasure, staying fit on the road is becoming a high priority for more and more of us. My trainer, Debbie of Debbie Wyer Pilates, helped me with ideas so I could develop a system that works for me, no matter where I may be heading.
Choose hotels with gyms where you can
A good hotel gym can go a long way to help you keep on track. However, even if you don’t have access to a gym or still are not quite ready to return to one since the advent of Covid-19, it can still be easier than you may think to keep working out when you are travelling.
Take your running shoes and go for a brisk walk/run first thing in the morning
Even a 20 minute walk will make a difference. If you are on business, are you able to walk to the office?
This is a particularly useful tip in climates where it gets hotter as the day wears on. There’s nothing like a brisk run or walk on the beach first thing in the morning. If you are walking, go barefoot and multitask. The sand will smooth the skin on the soles of your feet!
Pack a foldable yoga/exercise mat
You can now buy foldable yoga and exercise mats that will pack into a suitcase. I particularly like this idea now we are all more concerned about how easily germs can transmit on shared surfaces.
Take a skipping rope
When it comes to ways to keep working out while travelling, a skipping rope can be your best friend. It takes next to no space in your luggage and you can use it almost anywhere. I often take my skipping rope to hotel gyms, but I’ve also skipped in hotel rooms (be careful the ceiling is high enough, you are not going to damage anything and you won’t disturb anyone on a lower floor), outside in a parking lot (safely away from any traffic), and in a park.
Find a Fitness App you love
A great way to take your workout on the road is to find a workout and exercise app you really love. Some are free to download and others offer subscriptions, but there are so many options, there really is something for everyone.
Play with your kids on holiday
If you are holidaying with children, playing and having fun is a great way to keep working out while travelling. Have a game of frisbee in the park, play volleyball on the beach or enjoy an impromptu game of water polo. Swimming, cycling and hiking are all great exercise as well.
Remember 20 minutes is better than no minutes
Some people feel a workout has to be 30, 45 or even 60 minutes to be effective, but I would argue that a 20 minute workout is better than no workout at all. In fact, have a friend who lost ten pounds over a six week period by watching what she ate and working three separate 10 minute workouts into each day.
So whether it’s a quick walk before go to the office or out head out sightseeing for the day, 20 minutes on the elliptical machine after work or a quick swim before you head out to drinks with friends, it is definitely possible to keep up with your workouts while you are travelling!
Disclaimer: This post should not be considered medical advice. Always consult your doctor before beginning any exercise programme. Make sure any exercise you do is appropriate to your fitness levels.