Stay in Shape While You Travel

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The Traveling Workout

Many people these days travel all over the world for business or leisure. However, one thing has constantly been interrupted by travel is my routine workout that I prefer to stick to. It is so easy to get off track if you go on vacation for even just a few days. Keeping to your routine is extremely important if you want to stay in shape. This is why figuring out a way to continue working out is important while traveling. Staying in shape while traveling is directly related to three different things: your workout, running, and your diet.

Your Workout

How can I pump some weights while I’m away? There are many different ways to get your swell on even without a gym. Most hotels offer some kind of gym to workout in, though they are usually small. If the hotel gym isn’t going to do it for you, there are a few other options. For one, there are different video workouts that don’t require any gyms or weights. Some simple variations of pushups would even do the job. There are also ways to workout with elastic bands. These bands pack extremely easily and can provide quite a workout. You don’t necessarily need the gym to keep up with your routine. If you have to change it up a little bit, that’s ok too. The change of workout is good for your body! If you absolutely need to have a gym and weight room, some local gyms may have one day/weekend passes to take advantage of.

Going for a Run

Your road you usually go for a jog on is at home. Fortunately, there are ways to go for that jog while traveling as well. Lots of hotel gyms do have a small gym with maybe one or two treadmills. That is an option but it just isn’t the same. However, most hotels usually have a swimming pool as well. There are a lot of exercises you can do in the pool to get your aerobic exercise that way. Some local gyms or hotels might even have a fitness pool as well. If you need to get outside and run take a look at Google Maps and see if there are any large parks around that you could take advantage of. There are lots of alternatives for going on your run, but it is most important that you keep up with your running schedule especially if you are training for a race.

Watch What You Eat

Another important factor of traveling is watching what you eat. It is very easy to overindulge while you are traveling. The fancy meals in the big cities are really good, but they usually aren’t the healthiest. It is very important that you stick to your diet or eating habits that you have from home. Just a day or two out of this cycle can put anyone in a tailspin of unhealthy living if not carefully watched. If you are staying at the hotel for a few days, maybe you should go to the grocery store to get a few things that you could make yourself like sandwiches or salads. Avoid the big buffets and cheap fast food no matter how tempting it is to get a quick meal when you’re out and about!

The important thing here is consistency. Stick to your gut when you need to travel. Be smart about where you are staying and what you are eating. It’s not going to be easy, but working hard to stay healthy is always worth it and your body will thank you when you get home back to your normal workout.

(Guest Post by Dan Shaffer)