No Excuses Workout Plan: How To Stay In Shape While Traveling
Your workout routine can take a big hit when you travel. Going against your normal schedule doesn't have to throw you off, though. There are plenty of ways that you can travel and have fun or work without packing on a few extra pounds. Use this guide to help you stay in shape while traveling.
Finding A Place To Workout
The key to staying in shape while traveling is to plan ahead. The first step here is to scope out your workout opportunities in the area where you’ll be traveling. Here are some of the options you have:
- Hotel Gym: The place where you’re staying may have its own fitness facility. Call ahead to ask about what machines they have available. While some hotels have rather nice facilities, others will call a couple of treadmills a “gym.”
- Local Gym: You can also look for nearby gyms that have more equipment than where you’ll be staying. This is a great idea if you’re staying with relatives. In addition, some hotels have deals with local workout facilities so be sure to inquire about it. Make a few calls and find out how much it costs to get a day pass – some places will even let you try the gym out for one day for free.
- Pool: Swimming is a great workout, and many hotels have pools that can help you keep in shape while you travel. You can also inquire with a hotel about local pools if they don’t have one on the premises. Just don’t forget your swimsuit.
- Schools: If you want to run, you can often visit a local school and use their track. However, you may want to call ahead to see if the track is open to the public and whether any events are scheduled on the days you plan to run.
- Trails: You can also walk or run on trails in the area. A simple search online will often turn up the local nature preserves or parks in the area that have walking trails.
- Bike Rentals: It’s common for larger cities to have a bike rental facility that would give you a bike to use for the day or for the length of your stay.
- DVD Players: Don’t forget about workout DVDs. You can bring along a DVD and pop it in at the hotel or your host’s house to get in some exercise.
Though these offer more traditional ideas for working out on-the-go, don’t be afraid to get creative. You can do some great workouts with the help of regular furniture that may be available in the house or hotel where you’re staying.
Basic exercises like sit-ups, push-ups and squats can also be done without the use of any special facility or equipment. You can also do jumping jacks in the hallway, run up and down the stairs or do lunges in your room.
Fitness Products For Working Out On The Go
The second step to planning ahead for travel workouts is to pack the things you’ll need for a successful workout. First and foremost, remember to bring your gym shoes for a comfortable and safe workout. Bring a heart rate monitor if you use one.
Then, throw in a jump rope for a quick cardio exercise. You can also pack some resistance bands for a great muscle toning activity. These two items barely take up any room in your suitcase, so they are ideal for workouts on-the-go.
There are also special products you can buy for working out while traveling. One example is water-filled weights. These are flattened and lightweight when not in use so they’re great for packing light. You can also use a blow-up exercise ball that can be similarly flattened for easy storage.
In short, there are numerous ways you can stay in shape despite a busy travel schedule. With a little planning beforehand, you can ensure that you have a great workout even when you’re not following your normal schedule in your normal surroundings.
Be sure to take time when planning your trip itinerary to fit in some time for staying in shape and you’ll feel better throughout your entire visit.