Don’t Let Your Travel Plans Stop Your Workout Routine!
Now-a-days I’m on the go, a lot, so scheduling in a good hike or swim at the lake isn’t always the most convenient. I’ve had to work with my surroundings and picked up a few travel fitness tips! Check them out below!!
While you wait around for your plane to arrive take a brisk walk around the terminal. Besides, that carry-on you brought is most likely wayyyy too full and the added weight will be a bonus!
There isn’t much you can do while sitting in a small row with 2 other people, but don’t give up!! I will throw a body roller or two in my carry-on and mid flight use it to ease the pain in my lower back, neck, or even the arches of my feet. Yes it won’t be the best body message you’ve ever received, but it definitely helps your muscles from ending up in full tension mode by the time you land.
Stretch It Out
Sitting still, whether it be on a plane or in a car, will tense up your muscles. Might sound silly, but as soon as you get off the plane or to your destination ease that lower back pain by doing a forward fold: bend at your hips and slowly fall forward. For additional stretching allow your upper body to swing back and forth. Other beneficial yoga poses are downward dog + child’s pose.
Equipment Must Haves
Well clearly we don’t want to be lugging around dumbbells or other gym equipment so let’s get real and talk practical travel equipment.
- Jump Rope: Wanna burn the most calories & have fun while doing it? Then jump rope needs to be your go to travel workout. Jumping rope burns more calories than any other form of cardio.
- Resistance Bands are a great way to tone on the road + they are light enough to throw in your bag and barely even notice.
- Hand Towels: use in place of sliders
- Reuseable water bottle: fill ‘er up and use as weight replacements
When booking a hotel for your trip make sure it has a gym… be careful to really look into it because not all hotel gyms have equipment. Sounds crazy right, but so true! I have booked a hotel to only realize that it was more of a stretching room. If this happens to you, don’t worry – In this case you can always add physical activity by avoiding elevators and opting for the stairs or using simple bodyweight exercises!
The best time to workout is first thing in the morning, so kickstart your metabolism with some high intensity full body workouts such as, jumping jacks, pushups, planks, lunges and burpees. several reps of each will be perfect for a quick and beneficial morning workout sesh!