Traveling used to intimidate me a LOT. I would get so anxious and then frustrated for being anxious because traveling is supposed to be fun, so if I spend all of my time worrying about whether or not I am going to be able to maintain my fitness…”travel” begins to look a lot more like my enemy. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Fitness and travel can go hand in hand and if it’s a priority, there will be time to keep up your routine and maybe even learn some new techniques to take home. So here are my top five tips when it comes to keeping up your fitness habits no matter how long or where your travels take you:
1. Exercise can happen anywhere! I definitely used to get stuck in the mindset that I could only workout if there was a place to run or there was a gym. Sometimes running outdoors feels too intimidating, depending on where you are so a simple workout can be done even in the tightest of spots. Wall sits, pushups, ab exercises, squats, planks, jumping jacks, lunges and many other exercises can be done wherever you go. You can do these in hotel rooms, on breaks when you stop for gas/snacks/etc, and you don’t have to spend more than 30 minutes doing a quick, sweaty workout to keep up your fitness goals while away.
2. Join a gym! I personally love the fact that I can get a Planet Fitness black card membership, allowing me to use any Planet Fitness that I want. This makes traveling so much easier for me because I can still get my 4 gym sessions in a week and I feel all the better for it. I know that most or all gyms also have a guest pass that you can get, instead of an actual membership so definitely check that out.
3. Keep your trip active! Whether you are going on a vacation, visiting family, or a business trip make simple choices to stay active during the day. Instead of driving a few miles to the nearest restaurant, WALK. While on vacation, walk everywhere and plan active adventures (hiking, learning to surf, swimming, amusement parks, etc). Don’t forget that sports and walking are major ways to stay fit AND have fun. Don’t limit yourself to hotel workouts and gyms, because being active is so much more than that.
4. Get others involved! Sometimes when we are traveling, my motivation is lacking so I try to get whoever I am with to join in. This often looks like my husband and my kids (you can get a GREAT workout walking a few miles with a baby on your back and pushing a jogging stroller), my mom, or a friend. Whoever is around, ask them to go on walks or hikes or even to the gym with you. It helps when in an unfamiliar place to have someone there with you. And it’s a great way to get your person exercising as well! I try to rub off on everyone I am around, encouraging them to get out and walk or do a gym session with me.
5. Give yourself grace! You are traveling after all so don’t expect your routine to look exactly like it did at home. Enjoy your time out and if you need more rest, take it! And if you have a day packed with family or friends, don’t stress about fitting in a workout. Make fitness a priority as you can and the rest of the time, enjoy wherever you are with whoever you are with, minus the guilt. It’s okay to take breaks and it’s okay to go on vacation. You can pickup solid routines when you get home.
These are my top five tips to staying fit while away. It doesn’t have to be intimidating and you don’t have to spend hours upon hours of your vacay time at the gym. 30 minutes four or five days a week is plenty and if you want to do more, do more, but don’t overwhelm yourself with impossible goals. Fitness goes beyond scheduling specific times to workout. It’s a lifestyle and with simple decisions, staying active just becomes a part of every day life.