Traveling can take its toll on your workout routine. Long hours in the car, less-than-inspiring hotel gyms and packed schedules full of exploration might mean a dip in your typical fitness regimen. There are plenty of ways to stay active while on vacation without impacting your plans or taking away from the enjoyment of your trip.
With the rise in trendy boutique studios featuring everything from spinning in a pool to your heart rate being projected on a TV while you run, you might forget that simple workouts can be just as effective. Good and tough workouts don't have to be complicated. Tried and true moves like burpees, squats, lunges, and pushups will tone and challenge you the old fashioned way. Plus, these can be done anywhere--a hotel gym or even a hotel room. While some hotel gyms are pretty bleak, don't let it get you down. You can still get a good sweat if you go in with a plan. If working out in your hotel room, remember to keep jumping to a minimum as to not disrupt other guests. If you'd prefer to get outside, check with the concierge for nearby run routes.
If you need guidance for your workout, print or download routines before you head out for your trip. Check out Kayla Itsines ebook or app, Popsugar Printable workouts or the Nike Training Club app for inspiration.
Here are more tips to stay in tip-top shape while on the road:
Set Realistic Goals:
No need to set super lofty goals when going on vacation. Planning to workout every single day? If it happens, good for you! But if it doesn’t, that’s okay too. By setting realistic goals (maybe it's 20 minutes of focused activity a day or a workout every other day), you’ll be more likely to stick to them.
Sneak in Workout Equipment:
Don't worry, we're not suggesting you pack a set of dumbbells for your trip! Some workout gear is so small and compact, it will barely take away from your precious suitcase or trunk space. Ideal for travel, invest in resistance bands, gliding discs, a jump rope and a yoga mat. These items will enhance your workout without weighing down your luggage. If your hotel doesn't have a gym, you'll still be able to set up an engaging workout routine thanks to well-thought out packing.
Experience New Studios:
You probably have your favorite DC area studios, but travel gives you the perfect opportunity to experience new workouts. Going to a new studio for the first time can be intimidating; remember that everyone was a first timer at some point. Try to convince your traveling buddy to join you to ease first-timer anxiety. Make sure to arrive early to acquaint yourself with the studio and to give yourself time to chat with instructors about any questions or concerns you may have.
If a lot of your travel or vacation includes sitting in a car (or hopefully sitting by the beach!), make sure you don't neglect active moments. Whether it’s a long walk along the water, checking out a local hike or experiencing the city via a running tour, these workout moments will give you a new look at your destination, get you much-needed fresh air and will keep your body active. Do research before you go and find local gems to explore. If you're on a road trip, think about your total hours in the car and schedule in breaks to move around, walk or hike. It will make the trip more interesting and will prevent you from sitting for too long at once.