Since the summer is coming up, and with it probably a lot of traveling, I figured both all of you guys but also I could use some concrete ways and tips on staying active and fit on-the-go. I’ve spent the past two weeks traveling down the West Coast of the US, visiting four major cities – spending an average of barely 2-3 days in each one – and doing a 3-days-long road trip. Lack of a routine and constant environment isn’t my strong suite so, as you can imagine, it would have been fairly easy for me to go back to little or even no exercise and binge eating chocolate, sweets and other unhealthy snacks. But because being healthy has become such an important part of my life, I honestly don’t feel too good whenever I’m forced to abandon my healthy eating and workout habits. I don’t enjoy eating fast food every day nor do I find it fun to be lazy day after day.
So while you shouldn’t stop yourself from enjoying your travels, that doesn’t necessarily mean you need to sacrifice your health and well-being. Another thing that’s super important to point out is that you don’t have to stick to your regular workout routine while traveling – staying fit can be achieved in many different ways and can be adjusted so that it fits your travel plans rather than the other way around. After all, being fit should make you happy so why make getting there a problem in itself?
How to stay fit while traveling
Walk wherever you can
You’d be surprised how big of a difference walking a bit more each day can make. So, instead of taking that bus or a taxi, walk places whenever you have the time and especially when the weather permits it. Although, to be honest, sometimes walks even in the cold are a great idea for both staying active and clearing your head!
Schedule in short workout sessions
If you’re restless and just not feeling like yourself when you don’t work out regularly, figure out when you have a spare 15 to 30 minutes in your day and schedule in a short but intense workout. And before you start protesting, no, you don’t need a gym access to do that – bodyweight exercises can be just as challenging as weighted ones; just give HIIT (high intensity internal training) a shot and you’ll see what I mean. If you do prefer resistance training, resistance bands are a great addition that can make a huge difference in your workouts, especially when traveling. They’re very affordable and small so you can easily take them with you anywhere you go. (add amazon link?)
Go for a run
Another great way to get a workout in while traveling is to go for a run. Especially when the weather’s good, it’s an awesome idea to see more of the places surrounding you that you normally wouldn’t see. Similarly to walks, running also lets you clear you mind and feel calmer – a nice perk in addition to getting a workout in!
Finally, if you’re traveling for just a couple of weeks – rather than constantly because maybe your job requires it of you – let yourself rest and enjoy your trip. Incorporate exercise only if you feel you really have enough energy for it. Even though it may feel like you’re not doing much daily, walking and getting in all the experiences can be very tiring. Even for those of you who crave physical activity regularly, also when traveling, rest is definitely needed, too. But if you do feel up to a challenging workout, go for it! It’s all about listening to your body and doing what satisfies you and makes you happy.