Traveling is tough, but you’re tougher!
Whether you have to travel frequently for work or are simply concerned about maintaining your fitness routine while vacationing, these tips for vacation workouts will arm you for your next trip. Traveling doesn’t have to mean derailing your active lifestyle or your hard-earned progress.
Hit the gym
It may seem obvious, but take advantage of the gym at your hotel! Not only is it difficult to pack sufficient workout gear while traveling, it’s a challenge to workout in a cramped hotel room. You might feel more comfortable at your gym at home, but don’t be shy to use an unfamiliar gym. Tip: Head to the gym early in the morning when it will be less crowded. You’ll feel more comfortable in the new environment and can get accustomed to their gear with more privacy; plus, it’s important to prioritize your workout before the activities of the day take over!
No gym = no workout? No way!
While having access to a gym is ideal, it doesn’t mean you get to skip your workout if you don’t! There are plenty of ways to get your body moving even without workout equipment in a gym. Tip: Get outside! You’ll have more space to move around than in a cramped hotel room.
Explore your new surroundings and go for a run. Another option is to pack a jump rope; it’s easy to transport (unlike weights!) and is the most efficient form of cardio. Plus, it’s easy to jump rope indoors if the weather isn’t conducive to an exploratory jog. Another option is to take advantage of any local activities such as hiking, kayaking, biking, skiing, etc. This approach is more adventurous and, if you’re traveling with others, is fun for everyone.
Tip: Resistance bands are significantly lighter than hand weights so you may want to consider packing those for your trip. If that’s not possible, use body-weight exercises. These types of exercises are efficient and feasible to do in a limiting hotel room. Push-ups, crunches, planks, squats, lunges are a great place to start. Depending on your fitness level, you can experiment with more difficult variations of these exercises to challenge yourself such as scoop push-ups or squat jumps.
But I can’t wash my workout clothes!
While traveling, you don’t always have access to laundry to clean your workout clothes. It’s also difficult to pack enough workout clothes for an extended trip at only one or two uses per article of clothing. But don’t think that’s an excuse to avoid exercising on your trip! Tip: bring travel sized packets of detergent and wash your clothes in the sink in your hotel room. To facilitate drying, roll each article of clothing tightly in a hotel towel.
No excuses left
You have all the tips you need to maintain a great workout routine while traveling. Refer to this article before any trip, and you’ll feel geared up to stick to your fitness goals while you’re away. While traveling is tough, you don’t have to let it interfere. You’re tougher than that!
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