Resistance training using your body weight is one of the easiest ways to stay fit, no matter where you are.
We all know how this often goes: you get onto that airplane, and before you know it, your good habits are left at home. You arrive back home with a heavier suitcase and a thicker waist. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Here’s how to stay fit while traveling so that you don’t have to contend with getting back into shape every time you come home from a trip!
Top tips to stay fit while traveling:
1. It starts in the terminal
Instead of sitting at the gate at the airport, go for a stroll through the terminal. If you’re on a train for hours, take a walk and explore, or at the very least, take regular stretch breaks.
Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Walk all the way to the gate instead of using the motorized walkways.
Make sure you have healthy snacks with you if healthy food isn’t available while you’re in transit.
2. Skip the bus and go on walking tours
Why get on a bus when you can go on a walking tour? Walking is one of the top exercises we can do, and yet most of us take it for granted.
3. Check out local trails and parks
You may have checked out parks and trails beforehand. Otherwise, ask at your hotel (or ask some locals) where the parks and trails are.
4. Rent bicycles
Rent a bike instead of a car. You’ll see a lot more of the local area, and many cities are bike-friendly. Even day trips out to the countryside can be done on a bike instead of by car.
5. Join local fitness classes
Local classes are a really fun way to meet the locals and keep fit at the same time! Explore hot yoga classes in Mexico, circuit training in Chiang Mai…whatever takes your fancy.
The great thing about joining a local class is that it’s often free, as many venues offer the first class at no charge.
You also are able to explore new parts of town that most tourists don’t see.
6. Prioritize high-intensity training
You can get fit in less time with HIIT, or high-intensity interval training. Come up with fun and creative ways to get fit in your new surroundings. Try power moves in the pool or burpees on the beach. Whatever it is, make it enjoyable as part of your time away exploring a new place.
7. Have an effective workout routine as a backup
Resistance training using your body weight is one of the easiest ways to stay fit, no matter where you are. And if you toss some resistance bands in your suitcase, you can get more of a workout in less time. You could start with some booty bands, such as the Victorem Gear bands.
Warm-up first with some quick jogging, and then do some bodyweight exercises.
Here are some exercises you can work into a quick 20-minute routine:
- Push-ups or burpees. To make these more challenging, wrap some resistance bands around your thighs or lower arms and work against the band to keep it taut.
- Mountain climbers. Same thing with the resistance bands: wrap one around your lower arms to work arms and legs simultaneously.
- Wrap the band around your thighs and do squats while keeping the band taut.
- Abdominal crunches. Put the band around your thighs and lie on the floor with your knees bent. Push your legs out to the side as you do your crunches.
Do stretches to cool down, and then get back to your adventures!
8. Eat what you want, just not all day long
A large part of traveling is enjoying the food, right? So an easy way to not overdo it is to eat twice a day rather than all day long.
Enjoy whatever foods you want, and work it off in between meals. Simple!
9. Drink plenty of water
It’s easy to get dehydrated while traveling. We get so distracted by the sights that we forget to look after ourselves. Make sure you have a BPA-free water bottle with you so that you don’t get caught out in the middle of that bike ride!
10. Plan your fitness activities as part of your trip
It’s worth doing a bit of research before you travel. You can search not only for local classes and activities but hidden trails for jogging, hiking, and exploring. This app is excellent for finding paths off the beaten track.
Make sure you pack what you need. Resistance bands, headphones, and a phone pouch are all excellent accessories that are lightweight and will serve you well.
Now that you’ve got all these tips to stay fit while traveling, you can enjoy your trip even more. Happy travels!