What a lovely excuse it is going on a holiday and convincing yourself you just don’t have time or the means to stick to your workout regimen. When you’re traveling, the LAST thing you want to be thinking about is being cooped up in a gym when you should be out exploring your new surroundings. Sometimes we skip town to get restored and then counter-intuitively spend our time in that other place doing things that make us feel the opposite of restored. Luckily, if we can do some basic things and put a few key systems in place while traveling, we’ll be ready to do whatever, wherever, whenever. There are simple and convenient ways in which you can have fun, break a sweat and still have a lovely, uninterrupted travelling experience.
A HOTEL ROOM IS NOTHING DIFFERENT FROM YOUR ROOM
Why not incorporate a 20-minute morning workout before heading out of the hotel room? It’s the perfect time and place to warm up and prepare your body for an action-packed day. There’s a myriad of workout tutorials and how-to videos that are simple and travel-friendly.
What’s important is to create a short but all-inclusive exercise that activates all of your muscles and gets the heart racing. You can always go for a morning run, but if you’re more into guided indoor workouts, look up for something that suits your athletic skill and preferences. You want to include a variety of exercises – squats, push-ups, crunches, jumping squats, etc. Always start with a quick warm-up and progress slowly towards more demanding exercises. Remember not to overdo it, since a morning workout should be revitalizing and preparing you for the day, not pushing you to pure exhaustion. This is a small but valuable activity you can easily include into your schedule, without interrupting your itinerary. As a matter of fact, it can only make your travel more endurable and pleasant.
MAKE THE BEST OUT OF YOUR VACATION – TRY OUT LOCAL SPORTS
When on a holiday, the best thing to do is look for the sport you normally do at home. When that is not the option, focusing on facility – friendly sports is a good idea, like swimming, cycling golfing, playing tennis, or other leisure activities, which you are most likely to find at your hotel, or a nearby gym, club, etc.
Make sure to try out activities that you can’t experience in your hometown. If you’re a winter person, taking up skiing on a mountain resort is an adventure of its own. Choosing a 7 to 10 –day skiing holiday is perfect for fitness lovers, those who are ready to merge sightseeing with mid to intense physical activity. Skiing is more than a sport, it is an adventurous, very unique hobby. Riding the slopes under the open sky, surrounded by evergreen, sunshine in snow will make you fall in love with sports and physical activity, if you are already not. Keep in mind to work on your fitness before standing on skis, since it’s hard work on the knees, thighs and calves. However, if it doesn’t hurt a little bit, it’s not much of a workout at all, is it?
On the other hand, if you’re more into the summer holidays, don’t be afraid to try out something new and daring. Surfing, for example, is very fun and definitely unique if you have a chance to visit an ocean beach resort. Moving with the rising and dropping tides has a magical effect on mental wellness and is definitely a meditative-like experience. However, don’t be fooled by the hippie – looking dudes chilling like it’s nothing special. Surfing is very straining for the muscles and requires strong stamina. To ride a wave you need to be able to pull your entire body up very quickly and still keep balance on your feet. Nevertheless, surfing can be a cool new skill you’ve learnt while abroad.
WORK WITH WHAT YOU’VE GOT – EXERCISE ON THE GO
Sometimes when on the road it’s just impossible finding time to exercise in a traditional way. Physical activity takes many forms and many of them you have to do anyways while moving around, so why not push yourself a little more and make it a calorie – burning workout?
Simple walking, for example, is a perfect way for boosting your metabolism and at the same time experiencing the beauties of a place you are visiting. If your trip destination is a mountain resort, or a place somewhere in nature, skip the car ride, put on your trainers and traverse the area. Biking is also an amusing activity which could turn an ordinary day out into a special sightseeing adventure, while having great cardio.
If you want to take it up a notch, try switching things up a little and try spinning now and then. If you are walking or using the stairs, quicken your pace and you got yourself a good quality exercise. This is also known as HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), excellent for the cardiovascular and respiratory system, as well as for keeping a healthy weight.
A good-old staircase can replace your gym machines for the traveling period. Each time you get a chance, try stair climbing and get your hurt pumping. Stand facing stairs, and raise one knee up high to tap the first step with toe, then repeat on the opposite side, moving quickly and pumping arms aggressively. Stair climbing is great for hip strengthening and can be great cardio. The quicker you climb, the stronger your workout will get.
Basically, any kind of movement can be turned into a workout session. If you’re waiting in a queue, try doing some fast-pace squats or do a quick body stretch. When carrying bags, use them as weights and do a couple of lifts now and then. It’s amazing how a little bit of imagination and creativity can go a long way.
Taking care of yourself does not have to be a complicated task. Similarly to keeping up with proper eating habits and regular hydration, incorporating physical activity into your traveling schedule does not have to be overwhelming and impossible, if you are ready to accept some rather unnoticeable adaptations. What’s more, sometimes looking for a holiday which will be a blend of both pleasure and activity can help with maintaining a healthy lifestyle and staying fit.
Sofia Alves is an avid runner, conveyor of messages, sunshine addict. Guided by the belief that health is a choice, she recently started sharing her knowledge as a contributing writer at Jogging Addiction. In her free time, you can usually find her sharing stories with friends over a glass of dry wine and a plate of her favorite pesto spaghetti.