Staying Fit On The Road
From walking tours to dropping by a local gym, there are so many ways to stay fit while on the road. You can tailor any of the 10 workout suggestions to meet your time, space, and equipment availability. I promise that there is at least one workout listed below that will work for you!
1. Resistance Bands
Who says that working out has to be hard while traveling? Grab some resistance bands and get to work! Resistance bands are lightweight, easy to pack, and extremely versatile. As long as you have some open floor space you’re good to go.
Bonus: if you have a door anchor you can turn your resistance band set into a cable machine! Look up a few exercises online (or just take a look at “pop a bead“), and you’ll have an all over body workout done in 20 minutes or less!
Stretching is no longer just for those who want to be uber flexible. Stretching is an exercise that everyone should be doing on a daily basis! Here’s why:
- stretching helps prevent sports/exercise related injuries
- stretching helps prevent injuries from day to day activities
- when weight lifting, stretching helps increase your muscles mass by lengthening your muscle fibers
- stretching helps prevent certain cancers and illnesses such as diabetes
- stretching helps reduce the appearance of cellulite
- stretching helps improve athletic performance
- the splits are a fun trick to have ready at anytime
Besides being great for your health, stretching is an exercise you can do anywhere! You only need you, yourself, and some open space. If you aren’t sure where to start, take a look at my stretching guide, or do a little searching online. I promise you will find many awesome stretching resources!
Walking is one of the easiest ways to stay fit while traveling! Try walking when possible instead of taking a taxi everywhere. You’ll get to experience so much more of your destination walking rather than driving. Plus, who know what you’ll run into while walking. You’ll probably find some delicious street food, or maybe even a new friend.
Also, take advantage of walking tours! They’re lots of fun, usually free, and an awesome way to burn off a high calorie breakfast. You won’t even realize that you’ve walked a few miles by the end of the tour!
Yoga is the perfect way to stay in shape while traveling. Yoga is forgiving and won’t mind if you have an hour or only 10 minutes for your practice. All you need is a mat or towel and yourself. If you would like a guided practice there are many to choose from online!
You can also check out local yoga studios if you have time. The best part about yoga classes is that you can find them almost anywhere at any time of the day, and drop in rates aren’t too bad. In my experience they range from donation based classes (I’d suggest at least $5) to $20 for a class depending on where you are.
5. Body Weight Exercises
How can you beat body weight exercises? They are effective, fast, and no equipment is required. Once again you can easily find short videos dedicated to body weight exercises online. Just find some space in your room, or head to a park and you’re good to go!
The awesome thing about working out at a park is that you can use the playground equipment to enhance your workout. Add in pull-ups, step-ups, and anything else you can think of into your bodyweight workout.
Who doesn’t love dancing the night away? Doesn’t matter where you are, you’ll probably run into some form of dancing – salsa, clubs, hip hop class – you name it!
Have dinner, a few drinks if you’d like, and hit the dance floor. You can burn around 400 calories in an hour of dancing. So if you’re feeling guilty about that piece of cake, you know what to do!
7. Weight Lifting
Weight lifting can still be done while traveling, so no need to give up pumping iron if that’s what you’re into. If your hotel has a gym then start there. I will admit, however, that not all hotel gyms are great. In fact they are usually subpar.
Don’t let that get you down! You can modify your workout to fit with the available equipment, or search for nearby gyms with that allow drop ins. Many times you’ll be able to find a gym that offers a free trial period. Even if you have to pay a small fee, finding a gym can be worthwhile, and will keep your fitness goals on track.
Running is another great way to stay in shape while site seeing. Take yourself on a self guided tour and explore the area! Find a lake, trail, or look up a popular running route. I guarantee you’ll have some fun, and will see some things not many tourists will get to see!
You never know what you’ll find while hiking! Plus, it’s such a fantastic way to get away from the city, enjoy some quality time with your traveling companions, burn some calories, and see some amazing wild life. Just make sure to pack plenty of water, heathy snacks to keep you going, and some sunscreen.
Who needs a car when you have a bike? And the best part, most of the large cities I’ve visited including London, Paris, and Barcelona offer some sort of community bike program. You can take your site seeing to the next level with bikes and cover way more ground than walking. Plus you’ll be burning lots of calories!
Well there you have it, 10 ways to stay fit while traveling. Staying fit really isn’t as hard as it may seem while on the road after all!
Until next time,
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