Travel Fit: 10 Top Tips For Take Away Fitness
Keeping fit and looking fantastic from a weekend away to a long vacation – Here’s how to take your GYM with you.
Heading off for work, a weekend or a week away and don’t want to lose your fitness and the results from your hard work training lately? Fear not – I’ve put together my top 10 tips for takeaway fitness.
Whether you are heading for a week to the beach, a shopping trip in NYC or an escape to the country, there are always ways to integrate fitness into your schedule. Most importantly as long as you are on the road you can take your ‘gym’ with you by using body weight exercises, some basic lightweight items to pack and a pair of running shoes to have you out hitting the streets, renting a bike or the hills for some fresh air and discovery of the area you’re in.
Not all locations have a stunning gym and incredible ocean activities like this slice of paradise – but traveling for work or for pleasure and keeping fit is all part of living a healthy life.
You need to plan, let go of any preconceived exercise rules and have some packing tricks up your sleeve.
Here are my top 10 tips for keeping Travel Fit.
1. Be creative – think outside the box of your normal exercise routine. Try to remember exercises, stretches and routines that you do each week in a class or with your trainer and do these on your own. Learn from your current routine at home so you can take it away and mix and match while you are traveling. Try new things!
2. Pack light – for a weekend away for me it’s my running shoes and an outfit or two pending the location. If I am going for longer I pack CrankIT straps and a skipping rope. Ask to borrow a yoga mat if you are at a big resort or just put on your shoes and head out the door if you’re in a city or the countryside to explore. Hire equipment when you are there for example; learn to surf, rent a bike or stand up paddle boards. You’ll be working out without knowing it and can do these activities with your family too.
3. Explore where you are on foot or by bike – Swop heels for trainers and see the sights on foot as exercise. Even if you’re on a shopping weekend you can get up a bit earlier or take time during the afternoon to walk the city as your exercise. Explore the shops before they open to know your way around. The best way to get a feel for the place you are staying is to discover it on foot or rent a bike.
4. Use core workouts or express sessions if you have limited time. 90% of my yearly travel is for work and I am on the road every week with early starts and late finishes. This means very limited time to train or do longer more regular exercise sessions. I counterbalance this with daily express sessions for example:
- 15 Minute Express Session: Quick walk or jog followed by a super set of 25 push ups, 25 crunches, 25 tricep dips and 25 prisoner squats. Finish with 3 yoga poses to stretch – for example downward dog, triangle pose and a classic forward bend.
- Skiing this season? Then add some core work and stretching to get an integrated workout, prevent injury and get the most out of your time away.
5. For longer trips pack some suspension straps: Take your gym with you with some suspension straps – I always take these on trips of 4 days or more and it ensures I can train on the spot for just 15minutes a day or longer combined with cardio.
6. Skip your way fit: Light weight and super easy to pack a skipping rope will roll up and fit in your shoe. I pack one with me on weekends and longe trips. Skip as a warm up and cool down at different tempo’s then add your core work and body weight exercises in between. You’ll be surprised how effective skipping is for agility and cardio condition
7. Use Nature as your Gym: Embrace the surroundings. If you are on an island paradise or beach holiday, then head to the water for your workouts. In the country side or even in a city that has amazing parks then head out to explore by hiking, running, walking, biking or even look at horse riding for a more adventurous twist.
8. Use the gym or pool if there is one – research where you are staying and what facilities they have onsite. Pack your swim goggles and squeeze in a few laps between dinners and other activities.
9. If you are a gym bunny then look at doing a 10 pass session for a local gym, spin or Pilates class – it’s an amazing way to meet new people and be inspired by different instructors and places to workout.
10. Save articles and workouts: Load up your Ipad with the exercise videos, download the mag for Ipad or take a snapshot of the exercises on your phone if you can’t take the magazine with you. There is so much information available, get back to basics and go for some functional fitness while you are away. Download yoga videos, Pilates or apps that have a variety of exercises you can chose from. CLICK HERE FOR VITALITY TV
Finally: Listen to your body. If you are tired, rest, relax and eat healthy to recharge and rejuvenate. Find exercise while you are away that seamlessly fits into your day, creates a nice moment to switch off and a different way to see the environment you are in.
Whether it’s cityscapes, skyscrapers or stunning landscapes in the outdoors be inspired to explore the area you are in!
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