Developing a workout routine is easy when you’re not constantly travelling. Going to the gym a few times a week becomes a regular part of your schedule, but only until you hit the road. Whether you start travelling for work, or just you just feel the need to explore new destinations, you can easily neglect your fitness routine. In order to prevent that from happening, you should do your best to always fit a workout session into your travelling itinerary.
Pick the right hotel
If your budget allows it, book a hotel that offers a fitness centre. That way, you can work out as efficiently as you would back home. With appropriate facilities, you could do cardio, bodyweight exercises, stretch and dedicate an equal amount of time to every body part, for the best workout. Aside from hitting the treadmill, lifting weights and spending time pumping the iron, make sure you also use the opportunity to go for a swim. It’ll help you stretch and relieve neck pain or backache caused by uncomfortable travelling.
Make the most of the outdoors
Sometimes a little bit of fresh air can go a long way. This is especially true when it comes to working out, because some people feel much better after they’ve spent half an hour running in the park than after breaking a sweat at the stifling gym. Therefore, think about getting up early in the morning, picking up your workout clothes and running a mile to start the day on the right foot. Not only is it a cost-effective solution, but it’ll also offer you a chance to take a look at the city you are visiting, which you might not be able to do otherwise. What’s more, use the opportunity to combine exercising with sightseeing, and do a race walking session while you’re getting to know a new place.
Bring the equipment with you
When you’re packing for a trip, make sure you don’t forget your workout equipment. It’s essential that you pack your comfortable bodybuilding clothes, so you can get the best of your workout. Also, don’t forget a jump rope and a resistance band. A small Pilates ball can be a great companion on your trip, just make sure you deflate it so that it can fit in your luggage. Leave your weights at home because they are too heavy to carry them with you, but don’t worry – water bottles are a great alternative.
Work out in your room
If you didn’t get lucky enough to find the hotel with a gym, you can easily transform your hotel room into a workout room. Use chairs for side planks, and feel the burn just as strong as you’d feel at the gym. Use the sofa in your room for doing push-ups, and unpack the jump rope and resistance bands from the suitcase and start your workout right in your hotel room. If you prefer an outdoor session, you can also use the terrace in your room. Whether you opt for stretching, resistance exercise or Pilates, the terrace can be a great place to feel the burn.
Don’t slack off too much
If you’re travelling only for the weekend, skipping your workout session won’t be too bad. As long as you don’t go more than two days in a row without exercising, you’ll be fine. However, if your trip will last longer than two days, it’s vital that you don’t neglect your workout routine because it will be more difficult to get back in shape once you’re back home.
Physical activity is essential for our well-being, so it’s paramount that we work out at least three times a week. Therefore, even if you’re constantly travelling, or you’ve decided you need a longer vacation, make sure you stick to your workout plan even when you’re on the road.
Contributing Writer, Diana Smith