Maintaining your healthy life style while traveling seem impossible at times.. Lengthy airport stays, lack of access to gym equipment, tight schedules and family/work obligations can leave you frazzled, exercise-less and crashing in your bed or eating take-out late at night when you finally have down-time.
On days I know I won’t have time for exercise and a shower, I keep it simple and go for a brisk walk.
Fortunately, it IS possible to stay committed to your exercise routine even while your traveling and away from your comfort zones. Follow these simple, practical tips below to de-stress, stay motivated and stay fit on the fly.
1. GET YOUR WORKOUT IN EARLY
Whenever I have a long day of travel ahead, I always aim to get up extra early to squeeze a workout in. This may mean I only have time for an easy 20 or 30 minutes on the elliptical trainer at the gym or a walk with the sunrise – but that’s something and it’s better than nothing! If the weather is lovely, put on your running shoes and get out for a few miles to start your day off on the right foot.
On days I know I won’t have time for exercise and a shower, I keep it simple and go for a brisk walk. I’ve even headed to the airport early, checked in and then wandered laps outdoors for a walk around the grounds.
2. WANDER THE AIRPORT
While I enjoy sitting to read while waiting for a plane to board, I often get restless just sitting. Sitting for too long can lead to stiff joints and muscles and increasing fatigue – our bodies simply weren’t made to sit or stay in one position for too long.
Instead take advantage of the airport and wander the halls, shops and stores. Even standing up browsing through magazines is better than slumped in a chair.
3. WALK FIRST
When you get to your hotel, before you head to dinner or lunch, go for a walk. A brisk 15, 20, 30 or longer walk will get your muscles pumping and blood flowing throughout your body to increase your energy levels and perk you up.
This may prevent you from crashing face-first into a giant place of fried foods and then your bed for a nap.
4. EXPLORE WITH MOVEMENT
Traveling around the city? Explore it with movement! Walk to your destinations – get out a city map and plan your routes. If longer destinations, walk to the bus or train stations first. Plan a lunch date at the park to go for a stress-reducing stroll. Carrying your bags or any shopping items will also be good exercise for the arms – I know this from experience as walking with bags for almost an hour will work your muscles.
Seek out a fun, new exercise class or yoga studio you’ve always wanted to try and take a colleague or friend with you if travelling together.
5. LET IT GO
One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned with travelling is to not beat myself up over not sticking to my usual routine. Don’t miss out on new experiences because you feel obligated to stick to what you know. Aim to do your best – whether that’s using the hotel gym, renting a bike to tour the city, squeezing in a circuit of push-ups and planks before bed every night or simply walking to and fro your destinations, choosing energizing meals and getting lots of sleep.