One of the biggest challenges for those who are constantly traveling from one place to another is sticking to their regular exercise regimen. For those who consider themselves as travel junkies, road warriors, or even those who spend more time in the airports rather than their own homes or offices, maintaining their weight is hard to do especially. But is it really that hard?
Tips on How to Stay Fit while Traveling
Just because you’re always on the move it doesn’t mean that you should forego your exercise regimen or even forget about your diet. As a matter of fact, there are ways for you to stay fit and healthy even while on the move.
Here are a few tips that are worth keeping in mind the next time you travel
Develop the Right Mental Attitude
One of the reasons why many fail in keeping their weight while on the road is that they’re not prepared mentally. When traveling, you need to make a mental note to yourself that you won’t miss working out even for just a day. It doesn’t matter whether you need to wake up early, cram in a few minutes of high intensity workout, or even exercise at night. What’s important is that you don’t skip a day of exercise.
Backpackers, travel junkies, and road warriors often plan on what to bring with them such as toiletries, socks, clothes, underwear, and so on. But if you really want to stay fit while on the road, you should also consider what exercise equipment to bring. Jump ropes and resistance bands are good choices since they are lightweight and portable. Don’t forget to include your meals so you will be better prepared.
Find a Gym
So you want to maintain your figure. Good for you. To help you stick with your exercise regimen, go find a gym in the place you’re traveling to. It can be the hotel gym or a gym near your hotel. You should also check if there is a playground nearby because you can use the monkey bars there for pull ups. If there is none available, you can always workout in your hotel room. There are plenty of workouts that you can do without having to go to the gym such as push-ups, planks, body squats, and lunges.
Don’t Forget Your Diet
Many are guilty of bingeing when they travel causing their months of hard work to go down the drain. Just because you are on the road it doesn’t mean that you should forget about your diet. Focus on eating foods that are high in protein as well as vegetables since they are packed with nutrients and are low in calorie content. If ever you had a meal that goes against your diet, make sure that the next meal is packed with healthy ingredients.
Exercises on the Road
Gym goers may have a hard time finding the right equipment when they travel or it may be that the hotel gym doesn’t have suitable machines to get your muscles worked out. Instead of skipping your workout altogether, there are ways to alter your workout program so you can still keep your hard earned figure.
Here are a few examples of workouts that you can do when there is no proper gym equipment available.
This workout never gets old. You can do this anywhere where you go. Stand up straight with your hands at your side. Bend your knees slightly and jump a few inches off the ground with your arms raised above you and your feet extended on either side. Land with your feet apart with your hands extended above you then go back to the starting position. Repeat as many times as you can.
Stand with your feet together and with your knees bent slightly. Slightly hop with your feet moving in one direction. On your next hop, twist your feet to the other direction. Make sure that your shoulders are straight throughout this exercise.
Place your hands on the edge of a desk or on the floor. Your feet should be staggered with your right foot in front of the left. Jump up then switch feet with your left foot placed in front of the right. Repeat 20 times for each leg.
Stand with your feet hip width apart and your arms at your sides. Bend knees as you exhale to lower yourself down as if you are sitting down. When your thighs are in parallel position to the floor, go back to your starting position. Repeat this exercise 10 times.