Sticking to an exercise program can be a challenge when you are away from home. But there’s no reason why you can’t continue a routine that keeps you healthy when you are travelling.
Over the past few months, we have seen an uptick in vaccination rates and a removal of many travel restrictions. Visit any airport and you will see that people are beginning to travel again, whether for business or pleasure. Taking a trip, however, shouldn’t mean taking a break from your exercise routine. With a little creativity and planning, you can incorporate exercise into your trip – and maybe use it as an opportunity to shake things up a little bit.
Plan, Plan, Plan
Planning ahead can include many things. Scope out restaurants, cafes and groceries that offer healthy food in advance of your trip. Make sure your agenda includes time for exercise (a little everyday if possible). If you absolutely must have some gym time, research gyms in the area that offer day passes or short-term memberships.
Many hotels feature small gyms and pools. But if you are visiting family or staying someplace without those amenities, you should consider packing a few light-weight pieces of exercise equipment. Rubber tubing, light hand weights, a jump rope, a suspension training system like TRX®, and a mat take very little room and are easy to pack. You can get a great workout using equipment like this in addition to using your own body weight.
Explore The Great Outdoors
Almost every place has its natural attractions whether it be parks, ocean, lakes or rivers, or hiking trails. Use this opportunity to exercise in the great outdoors. Go for a walk, run or hilly hike. Rent a bike and take in the scenery. Go for a swim or a row on the lake.
Take Advantage of Virtual Workouts
If you have internet access where you are staying, take advantage of the many digital workouts now available. You can certainly find some free versions on platforms like YouTube. But, if you prefer higher quality audio and video, fee-based options like Mossa On Demand offer free trial memberships and feature many workouts that require nothing more than your own body weight.
Don’t Forget Proper Nutrition
Overeating or eating unhealthy food may be the biggest problem we encounter when we travel. When we are really busy or in unfamiliar territory, it’s easy to grab whatever is convenient. Often, this is fast food or other convenience foods. Remember tip #1 – plan ahead and try to locate places that offer healthier fare.
Having said all of that, it’s OK to splurge and enjoy, especially while on vacation. Watch overdoing it, focus on moderation and balance over-indulgence with healthier eating options whenever possible.
We hope these tips help you stay active while traveling!
Thanks Cornerstone Clubs and author Theresa Whitcomb
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