Staying Active While Travelling

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Airplane wing looking over the prairies

They say the key to success is consistency. If you want to achieve your goals you need to make them a part of your routine. If you want to live an active and healthy lifestyle it needs to be a top priority in your schedule. This can be easier said than done sometimes. I make a living out of helping individuals fit physical activity into their lives. Yet even I find it difficult to maintain a routine while I am travelling. In the past few months I have been fortunate enough to travel multiple times. Although it has helped with my stress, my activity suffered. It was on my mind a lot throughout my last trip. I came to the conclusion that the fear of the unknown was hindering my routine. “What if they don’t have a gym”, “I don’t want to pack a bunch of heavy equipment”, “I won’t have the time I usually do” etc. I hadn’t made a plan for alternatives to my usual routine so it became a barrier.

As soon as I had this self-revelation I set to work to make workout regimes for any travelling situation I encountered. I wanted to share my contingency plans with you so the “what if” game doesn’t affect your routine and goals. Here are some tips on staying active while travelling.

Look online to see if your hotel has a gym

The internet can be your best friend in these situations. Look up your hotel ahead of time to see if they have a gym and what equipment they have. You can even pick your hotel based on what amenities they have. Most hotel gyms have a cardio machine, dumbbells and potentially some machines. From here you will be able to make a workout for yourself based on what they provide.

Contact the concierge at the hotel for running routes or nearby parks

The staff at the front desk have an abundance of resources at their disposal. If you have any questions while staying with them, they want to help you. They may also have some suggestions on a park to walk through
or where you can find an outdoor gym.

Keep your workout time efficient by doing a HIIT workout

Side plank on the beach in Puerto Vallarta
Click here to view a sample HIIT workout

Pick complex exercises that work multiple muscles groups at once. This will limit the number of different exercises you need to do as well as increase your aerobic capacity and lactate threshold. It has been shown that as little as 15 minutes of HIIT can show similar results as traditional endurance training while increasing your overall strength. Attached is a beach workout you can complete on the beach!

Make a bodyweight workout ahead of time

By making a workout ahead of time that requires zero equipment you are guaranteed to have a plan wherever you find yourself. If you don’t feel like going to a crowded gym you can complete the this workout in your hotel room!

Bring these easy to pack items to workout anywhere on the gosuitcases

When you travel, bring the following items: a skipping rope and resistance band…that’s it! Easy to pack and you can do a lot with them. Combine them with a hand towel found in your hotel room and you’ve got a full body workout. Here are some sample exercises you can do with a resistance band and towel.

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