Fit on the Go: 5 Tips For Staying Fit While on Vacation
Traveling doesn't have to stop you from staying fit. Use these tips to stay on track while you're on vacation.
If you travel a lot, whether for work or for fun, figuring out how to squeeze in a daily workout can be a daunting task. The flights and time zones can take a toll on your body, mess with your schedule, and make it difficult to stay in a fitness routine.
You’re far from home and you probably don’t have your favorite fitness equipment with you. Luckily, travel doesn’t have to destroy your fitness routine.
Here are some of our favorite tips for squeezing in an extra workout routine on the go.
1. Shaun T's 5-Minute Couch Workout.
You very rarely hear the words “couch” and “workout” in the same sentence together; however, this is exactly what we’re suggesting here. If you’ve had a long day of driving, are exhausted after Disneyland, or are jetlagged from your flight, this is the perfect workout for you.
This entire workout is performed while sitting down on a couch, chair, or even a hotel bed. At just five minutes (yes, really!) it fits into literally any schedule. Best of all, this workout comes from Shaun T, creator of Beachbody’s Insanity fitness routine, so you know it’s the real deal.
Extra Tip: Need to turn up the intensity? Repeat the entire workout 2 to 3 times (10 to 15
minutes) or more, or see how many repetitions you can do of each exercise.
2. Travel with your dog.
If you’re a pet owner like I am, it can be difficult imagining leaving home without your beloved pet at your side. Of course, it’s not always realistic to bring your pet everywhere with you. When it is possible, however, it can be a fun adventure and an excuse for you both to get some exercise together.
When planning a vacation with Fido, try to choose a dog-friendly city like Denver or Asheville. You could explore your new surroundings together by hiking, trail running, or finding local agility courses.
Extra Tip: Getting outdoors with your pet also helps fight depression and even assists with
3. Pack your bag with fitness in mind.
Bring your favorite fitness DVD, a jump rope and exercise bands in your suitcase. You might also pack some protein bars or other healthy snacks to last the duration of your trip.
Looking for ideas? Consider packing one of these travel fitness items.
4. Take a yoga class.
Fancy a sunset yoga session by the beach or on a rooftop? When you travel, see what local yoga classes are offered in the area. If solo yoga is more your style, you can bring your favorite yoga mat as a carry-on or pack a yoga towel or sweat- reducing yoga rug in your suitcase. That way, you can enjoy your own private practice anywhere you want. (Just maybe not during the flight, out of respect for your fellow passengers!)
Extra Tip: Book classes in advance in case they sell out. Always ask whether you should bring your own mat.
5. Hit the gym.
If possible, book a hotel with a 24/7 fitness center or a local gym partnership. Can’t stay somewhere with a gym? Call local gyms in the area to see if any of them offer a one-week free trial that you could take advantage of that while you’re in town.
Don’t let your upcoming travel plans wreak havoc on your health and fitness. There’s no reason to let yourself fall off the bandwagon for a week, especially if you know how difficult it can be to get back on track! By following the tips listed above, you can find ways to continue your workouts, even while traveling, on vacation, or spending time far from home.
As a reminder, this is not an exhaustive list. These are just a few ideas to get the ball rolling. With some creativity and forward-thinking, you can craft a vacation fitness plan that works for your unique needs.
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