Whether you travel all the time for work, you’re a backpacker always on the move, or you simply can’t live without your annual vacations, knowing how to work out while traveling can make or break your fitness goals.
Luckily, there are countless things you can do to make sure you’re working out, boosting those endorphins, and feeling your best while on the road. Here are some tips.
Travel with Resistance Bands
Resistance bands are light and take up hardly any room in your suitcase. But boy, are they effective! Adding a resistance band to your hotel room workout will give you that extra burn on a tight schedule.
Whether you get up half an hour early and smash a quick 20-minute circuit or you get a short beach workout in during your coastal escape, add a resistance band to your mobile workouts and you’ll feel accomplished.
Do Exercises That Need No Equipment
Still, it’s more than possible to get a killer workout with no equipment at all. From push-up variations to planks to walking lunges, there’s no excuse to get your sweat on while traveling.
Here are some simple circuit ideas, no equipment necessary:
- Walking lunges 24x (12 on each leg)
- Planks and side planks holding for 30 seconds
- Jumping jacks 50x
- Commandos 24x (12 on each side)
- Donkey kicks 24x (12 on each leg)
Find Workouts that Require Minimal Space
On vacation, it’s easy to make the excuse that you won’t have enough room to exercise. So, before you go, find some workouts you can do in confined spaces.
Try these workout ideas that don’t take up more space than a yoga mat:
- Bodyweight squats
- Incline or decline push-ups (use the bed or desk chair)
- Single-arm rows (use your luggage as weights)
- Reverse crunches
- Tricep dips (again, use the bed or desk chair)
Book a Hotel with a Gym
These days, lots of hotels have gyms downstairs that guests can use at their leisure. If you’re committed to your workouts (which is great because consistency is key) or you’re afraid of getting off track with your newfound healthy lifestyle on vacation, opt for a hotel with a gym.
Don’t look at going to the gym on vacation as a torture sentence. It’s time you’re setting aside for yourself and should still be part of your life, even while you’re away.
For constant travelers, a gym membership with worldwide brands is a smart investment. Having access to a gym anywhere in the world makes it that much more plausible that you’ll keep up your routine.
Break a Sweat During Your Explorations
It doesn’t even need to be a gym-style sweat session, either. Hike along a local trail. Ride bikes through the city. Take a run along the beach. Go skiing on the snowy slopes.
Don’t feel like you have to skip out on the adventures of travel just to work out. As long as you make active choices during your vacation, there’s no need to stress about getting to a gym.
Keep Up with Your Nutrition
Of course, when you’re gallivanting through Italy or basking in the Mexican Riviera, the last thing you want to hear is that you should watch what you eat. But, it’s undeniable that how we look and feel have a lot to do with what we put in our mouths.
So, this is just a friendly reminder to put a cap on alcoholic beverages, a limit on the pasta, and only a few bites of flan. By all means, enjoy, just do so in moderation!
See – there’s no excuse not to work out while you travel. Get out there and have fun!