Nowadays, many of us have lifestyles that are much more hectic than they were years ago. This in part is because people are working longer hours which means being away from the comfort of our home.
Also, many people’s jobs require either a long commute or driving a lot as being part of their job. Often what happens in this case is, throughout the day they eat typical fast food or restaurant food of the unhealthy sort.
I am out and about usually all day long, but I prepare myself by eating the right foods for me to stay in shape.
Preferably, I rather cook my meals at home to take with me, but if I do not get the chance to cook my meals I can find healthy options in different restaurants including fast food.
5 Tips To Stay In Shape While Travelling
1. Find A Great Deal
School’s out and summer is here. You know what that means…time to hit the road! Whether you travel for business or pleasure, fitting in a workout can be a daunting task, but not an impossible one.
Discover fun activities and huge discounts in your city with Groupon. Check out great deals on things to do from kids activities to nightlife; try out new restaurants, spas, massages and hair salons near you, or plan a trip away from home.
With a little planning and dedication, you can exercise while traveling and enjoying your trip.
2. Check It Out Before You Go
If you are staying at a hotel, call ahead or go online and look at the facility. The numbers of hotels that offer even the most minimal amount of equipment have skyrocketed in recent years as more and more people become concerned about their health.
Even if the hotel does not have an exercise facility, they will almost always have a pool. Swimming is one of the best all-around workouts. It provides excellent aerobic and endurance training.
If you are staying with friends or family, research the area to find the nearest gym or fitness facility. Most larger chain gyms are members of IHRSA (International Health, Racquet and Sports Club Association).
They currently have over 5000 clubs nationwide that are listed in their directory. IHRSA will usually allow you to visit a member club and workout for a nominal fee for up to a week.
Why not just go outside and explore by walking or running the neighborhood and local parks. A brisk walk is good for the mind and body!
3. Plan Your Daily Activity
Create a daily schedule that includes the time, length of activity and exactly what you will be doing. Be sure to leave time for sleeping, spending quality time with others, shopping and so forth.
This way, at least you have a plan. It does not have to be strict and to the minute, it just has to be done.
4. Pack Your Workout Gear
I know it is a pain, but it is part of your mental “set-up”. You are more likely to follow-through with your planned activities if you have the workout gear that goes along with it.
Make sure that you include everything you need: water bottle, sneakers, socks, music, workout clothes, towels, etc. Do not take for granted that the hotel or friend’s house will have what you need, bring it with you.
5. Write Your Workouts Down
Sounds simple, but remember you are traveling, you will be in unfamiliar territory, even if it is your mum’s home. This is not your home, now, you are a guest and things just happen.
Writing your workouts down will mean one less thing that you have to do while you are on the road. For example, make a list of 8 body-weight exercises and perform them as a circuit.
15 repetitions for each exercise, performed back-2-back with little to no rest in between. Complete the circuit 3 times, resting no more than 1 minute between each circuit.
Traveling does not mean having to give up your fitness routine. Use these tips to help you look forward to your next trip and know that you do not have to sacrifice your exercise routine because of it.