Tricks to Staying in Shape While Travelling
Sticking to a fitness routine when you’re always travelling can be daunting. You can’t develop a consistent routine, you’re not near your regular resources (i.e. gym, workout partners, etc.), and going from one time zone to the next can really throw a wrench in things. Not to mention, the temptation to indulge in delicious and exotic foods and simply slack off from your day-to-day grind is a lot harder to ward off. Though it can seem like a lot to deal with, the reality is you can be staying in shape while travelling.
Just consider these tricks listed below:
Sign Up for a Gym with Multiple Locations
Going to the gym is a great way to ensure staying in shape while travelling keeps you active. It provides you with all the resources and equipment necessary to get the body you want. Instead of looking into a small gym for a membership, opt for a larger gym brand that has multiple locations across the continent.
If there is a chain of gyms you like that has outlets across the country, you can then go to the gym in Denver, San Bernardino, or other major cities in the USA, and you can keep your fitness routine the same. This way you can visit the gym as an ‘out-of-towner’ but still feel like it’s your local gym.
Use the Hotel Gym
Many major hotel chains offer their guests an opportunity to get in a quick workout while vacationing or on business. The cost is typically included in your hotel stay, which makes it convenient and affordable.
Take Advantage of Other Amenities
Depending on where you’ve booked your stay there are other amenities that you can take advantage of to help you stay in shape. Some hotels and tourist parks have basketball and tennis courts that guests can use for their entertainment. You can get in a few games with other guests, friends, family, or colleagues, and burn quite a few calories.
There’s also the option to use the swimming pool when it is available. Swimming, whether you know it or not, is a very great form of exercise.
Even if you are confined to an exclusive resort far away from civilisation, you will often find the happy and motivated staff will incorporate water aerobics, volleyball and other communal fitness activities.
Bring a Workout Video (Playlist)
Your hotel room, holiday home or vacation rental is just a good a place as any to workout and to help you with your goal of staying in shape. So, why not download a workout video or two and bring it with you during your travels?
You can start your day with a quick 30-minute video and have the rest of your day to do as you please.
An added bonus is if you stay in a hotel that has a focus on health and well being.
Enlist an Accountability Partner
Sticking to a fitness routine is mentally challenging but important when committed to staying in shape. It is even harder when you’re away from home and in a destination, you just want to explore and indulge in.
So, enlist an accountability partner to help keep you mentally strong. This can be someone you’re travelling with, someone back home, or even a personal trainer.
Each day they can encourage you to stick to your routine with phone calls, calendar reminders, text messages, nice notes & cards to inspire you daily, and even video chats.
Get Active and go Exploring
Yes, it can be really tempting to lay in bed all day, order room service, and watch television. It can also be tempting to smell the aromas of so many delicious foods there are available during your travels, and even more challenging not to try it all. While it is fine to do these types of activities during your travel, you have to remember your goal to stay in shape. One way to balance out your vacation or business trip is to get active and go exploring.
Get out and see the sights if you have a chance and try and incorporate some exercise into the day when you do so.
There are lots of ways you can explore a destination that is fun but also physically stimulating. Go for a walk through a state or national park, learn how to ski, go for a swim at the shore or in a lake, participate in water sports like surfing or paddleboarding, or attend a community festival and dance to the festive music.
Don’t Forget to Rest
Though you want to stay in the best shape while travelling, don’t overdo it. Working out excessively can actually be bad for you mentally and physically. So, take it easy. Make sure that you’re getting enough sleep each night and choose a day or two out of the week where you don’t focus on fitness at all. This gives your mind and body a chance to rest, replenish, and grow.
When you travel a lot (for business or pleasure) it can weigh on your health. Sticking to your health and fitness routines becomes increasingly challenging with the many obstacles and temptations. Some hotels will have exercise equipment in your suite, so you can exercise at your own schedule.
Although exercise is a challenge, if you’re going to continue doing what you love, you have to find ways to prioritize your fitness needs.
Hopefully, the suggestions provided above will help you to find suitable solutions that keep you on track and in the best shape of your life – no matter where you are.
What your favourite way to stay in shape when you are travelling?
Do you find it easier to focus on staying in shape, or more difficult when you are away?