It’s hard enough to keep up with your fitness plan when you’re at home, but it gets exponentially more difficult when you’re traveling consistently. Unless you make a deliberate effort to get some healthy exercise every day, that important part of your life could slip through the cracks when you’re struggling to adapt to a new location. So do the hard work before you end up in an unfamiliar city with no fitness plan and too many other things to keep you busy. Use the following tips to help you plan a travel fitness regimen – even if you don’t know what your schedule will be like. It’s a simple exercise that can keep you healthy and fit, no matter what comes at you when you reach your new destination.
Travel Fitness Strategies
The first thing to consider when you’re working on a travel fitness plan is what your work situation might be like. You’ll probably have to get up early to exercise or tack a fitness session onto the end of your shift – and neither of those is very appealing when you know you’ll be tired. Plan to get enough rest every night so you’ll be energized for your workout.
It’s also important to commit to finding (or making) twenty to sixty minutes a day for exercise. This can include traveling to and from work, so bring appropriate shoes for walking any reasonable distances within a city. The best thing you can do to prepare for your altered fitness routine is to start it at home – see how much you can walk and how much time you can devote to getting healthy exercise without a gym membership.
If you know you’ll be staying in one location for a significant amount of time, you can look into temporary gym memberships. This is a great choice if you’re already used to working out at a gym and feel overwhelmed by the idea of engineering your own fitness routine without familiar equipment. See if you can contact someone at your new job before you get there and ask for a gym recommendation.
Knowing Your New Area
In addition to asking people at work, you can learn a lot about your new location online. Check your hotel or residence for a pool and fitness center and bring the right clothing so you’ll be able to take advantage of these opportunities. You can also look for parks, stadiums, bike and running trails, rivers and lakes, and even hiking trails. If you’ll be staying in a city, your best bet is to rent a bicycle and get your exercise while seeing the sights. You can also run the stairs at stadiums to get a great cardio workout. If you think you might be able to take advantage of some more natural settings, look for kayak and canoe rentals, mountain trails, or white water rafting tours. Anything that keeps you active can be included in your fitness plan.
Travel Fitness Equipment
If you don’t think you’ll have time to actively pursue fitness in a location outside of your residence or workplace, you can bring lightweight fitness equipment with you. Try a resistance band and a jump rope – you can stay busy with these for a full-length workout, and they won’t take up much space in your suitcase. There are also many exercises you can do with your own body weight, such as push-ups, sit-ups, wall sits, squats, abdominal crunches, planks, lunges, and many more. To add more resistance, simply hold a full bottle of water in each hand – this is a perfect way to “use weights” without packing them into your suitcase.
With a wide variety of options, you’ll be able to get a good workout each day without wasting a lot of time or wondering what you’ll do. Even if it rains or your schedule changes suddenly, you’ll be able to improvise as long as you know the possibilities ahead of time. Lining up your options now will keep you fit and healthy on your next job, so take a few minutes and plan ahead for a wide spectrum of successful workouts.
Bio: Maria Rainier is a freelance writer and blog junkie. She is currently a resident blogger at First in Education where she’s been researching both the highest paying careers as well as some of the worst low wage jobs on the market. In her spare time, she enjoys square-foot gardening, swimming, and avoiding her laptop.