Each week this month, either my husband or I will be traveling. That’s a lot of travel for us within a short period of time and it throws all of our routines off-balance.
It’s my turn starting next week.
One of my biggest challenges is staying active and healthy while on the road. My days are typically packed from morning until night only to repeat again the next day. Since I have limited time to workout, I know that I have to be well prepared before I even get on the plane and, once I am away, that I have to make the most out of the time that I do have. Maybe that’s why it’s easier for me to wake up early and workout when I’m away compared to when I’m at home?
As I prepare to head on the road again, here are five tips that help me stay active while traveling.
1. Pack your workout clothes
If I pack my workout clothes, I will use them. I mean, I used precious space in my carry-on suitcase for these clothes, I’m not going to bring them home without using them at least once. They provide visual motivation to exercise. I also always look for hotels with fitness centers and pools. I check out the pictures on the website to get a sense of what facilities they hotel offers. Hotels with lap pools are the ultimate find.
Running is one of the simplest ways to exercise while traveling because all you need is a pair of running shoes. I will check websites such as Map My Run or Route Finder on Runners World to find nearby running routes before I leave. The hotel concierge is also a great resource and can often point you to nearby running routes or even provide you with a map that outlines different running routes.
Runners World also has a couple of other tools on its website such as a Travel Wiki where you can find information about the local running scene or an index of rave runs that have been highlighted in the magazine.
Lastly, my husband often uses the satellite view in Google maps to look at the area around the hotel where he will be staying to see if there are sidewalks or other areas where he can easily run or walk.
3. Bring your workout with you
There are many great body weight exercises that you can do in your hotel room like mountain climbers, push-ups, burps, planks, etc. I also will often pack workout equipment such as resistance bands that allow me to increase the intensity of my workout. For my upcoming trip, I plan on packing some of my JCORE DVDs with me for a great 20 minute workout.
There are also a number of great apps out there that can help you plan a workout such as Nike Training Club, which provides amazing workouts for different fitness levels (beginner, intermediate and advanced) that you can do with or without weights. It’s like having a personal trainer in your phone. I also download podcasts. One of my favorites is Dave Farmar’s yoga podcast.
4. Use your legs
Maybe it’s because I’m from New York City but I walk everywhere. I will often walk instead of taking public transportation or driving if at all possible. It’s also a great way to explore a new city while also exercising.
5. Sneak it in
While I may not always find a chunk of time to workout each day, I do try to fit in different activities such as taking the stairs, doing calf raises while waiting in line, doing push-ups or holding a plank before getting in the shower (or often both) – basically anything that I can do. You’d be surprised, those minutes add up!
How do you stay active while you are traveling? What are your favorite tips and tricks? What’s your favorite workout app?