If you happen to travel a lot you perhaps already found your ideal routine that enables you to stay fit during a trip, all the while juggling social responsibilities, appointments with business clients and the occasional sightseeing tour. But if you aren’t on the road as frequently, it is even more important that you have a good strategy in place so you don’t suffer unnecessary dietary setbacks and unwanted breaks in your exercise regimen. Below are my favourite tips on how to stay fit during travelling – I use them on each and every trip, regardless if it’s business or fun.
1. Use your hotel room gym
Whether you are staying at a hotel or a self-catered apartment you should prepare a workout plan that requires zero equipment so that you can always fall back on it if you don’t have access to a gym. You can just bring your clothes and your workout mat and do a simple routine consisting of pushups for your upper body, crunches as well as all sorts of leg raises for your core muscles, and a timed wall-sit or squats for your legs. Throw in an all-out set of burpees and you’re energized for any challenge that you might face in a new city. Even if you don’t like the exercises I mentioned, just explore a little bit on your own and figure out what you enjoy doing and what requires no equipment at all. This way you are prepared for any occasion.
2. Do your research well in advance
If your workout regimen is more dependent on access to gym equipment you are less flexible, but that shouldn’t stop a committed person, right? Just take some time in advance and research the location at which you will be staying and all nearby gyms with their equipment, opening hours and one-time access fees. If you don’t find anything close to your hotel or apartment try to plan ahead and figure out which places you might be visiting that make it possible to quickly pop into a nearby gym for your usual workout. Don’t dismiss this level of commitment as being over the top. If exercise is an important part of your everyday life, why shouldn’t it be an important part of your trips as well?
3. Go for a run in the morning
If you aren’t already rising at the crack of down this might be the best chance to get started with this habit. The morning hours are the absolute best time for exploring a new city since there aren’t that many people out, and you have the occasion to enjoy the place’s beauty in silence and solitude. So why not combine this with a morning run? Just research a jogging route through the city that suits your fitness level when it comes to distance and go for it. You will see a lot of the place that you wouldn’t have otherwise seen. And you can scratch your daily workout from your to-do list as well.
4. Explore the city by walking
Whether you are on a business trip or on vacation, develop the habit of exploring most of the city by simply walking. If your schedule is tight and full of meetings I bet you still can get some time in and just take a walk from your hotel to the office and then back again. If on vacation, don’t overuse public transportation as well. Slow down a bit, and explore by foot. You might not see as much as you would see using a hop-on-hop-off but the impressions will be that much more lasting and rewarding.
5. Rent a bike
If the city you are in proves to be quite large and it appears impossible to see much of it on foot, consider renting a bike. Just be careful to not get overwhelmed by your surroundings and keep riding safely.
6. Join local outdoor fitness classes
Figure out beforehand if you can find any outdoor fitness classes offered in the city you are planning to visit. It’s refreshing to join a small group for an outdoor workout in a beautiful park and you also get to know some locals while you’re at it.
7. Take advantage of other local opportunities
If you’re already in a new environment why not combine it with a freshly new physical challenge? Just make a quick online search and see if there are any small competitions being held during your visit. Why not do some short run through the city or join some other fitness competition? You would be amazed what kind of interesting opportunities for challenging yourself physically you can find if you are willing to dig around a bit.
8. Stay true to your diet
All of the above points are great ways to stay in shape when travelling but you should always remember your diet as well. If you find it challenging to keep eating healthy while on a trip just take a look at my tips on how to eat well during travelling.
Just remember: as I mentioned already, if staying fit is an important part of your everyday life you should make it an important part of your trip as well, not just an appended activity that you might get to if everything happens to fall into place. Make use of this refreshing occasion of visiting new places in order to strengthen your commitment to healthy living, and try experiencing new challenges for your physical fitness.
Have a great trip and let me know about your ideas and routines. Can't wait to hear them.
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