If you’ve ever wondered how people stay fit while traveling often, you are not alone.
Travel is one of life’s greatest pleasures. The ability to see new places and have new experiences, the memories we make, and the time we take away from the day-to-day all help us feel invigorated and refreshed.
Still, it’s tough to stay on schedule when traveling, so working out is usually one of the first things to go. In this blog, we will break down our favorite tips for getting in a great workout – no matter where you are.
5 Smart Ways To Stay Fit While Traveling
Whether you are on the road for work or enjoying a trip to some place you’ve always wanted to go, these five tricks can help you stay fit until you get back into your normal routine.
1. Focus On Functional Fitness
Some people think they’re going to fit in a spin class or a quick round of kickboxing when they’re on the road. More often than not, those super-specialized fitness classes just add one more thing to do to an already-packed travel schedule.
Instead of seeking a boutique gym or looking for some special fitness class, focus on improving your functional fitness instead. By combining movements like lifting, pulling, and reaching, Functional Fitness trains the muscle groups to work together to improve overall fitness, strength, balance, and range of motion. Functional training also helps to prevent injuries by preparing us for the activities of everyday life, like lifting heavy suitcases or playing with the grandkids.
Functional fitness is an easy way to fit exercise into your busy schedule while traveling.
2. Opt For Strength Training workouts
Strength training offers a couple of key benefits for your overall fitness. First, it improves mobility and helps prevent injuries. Second, it’s easy to do wherever you are.
Unlike running, which requires getting on a hotel treadmill, locating a nearby gym, or finding a local running trail, you can do your strength training right from your hotel room.
To feel the burn even while you’re on the road, practice strength training exercises like bodyweight squats, incline push-ups with your hands on the edge of a bed or desk, and reverse crunches. You can also take resistance bands that are easy to pack and use in your hotel room.
These simple moves will keep you in shape and ready for anything, no matter how long you’re away from home.
3. Take Your Alloy Fitness App With You
In the past few years, exercise outside the gym has become more accessible. Workout apps, YouTube videos, and live-streaming fitness classes have made it simple to access world-class training from your home, office, or hotel room.
Fortunately, the Alloy App powered by Trainerize, does just this. Unlike other workout apps, the alloy app is based on the personalized prescription directed by your Alloy personal trainer. This means that every workout in the app is based on your goals and current fitness level.
Translation: you basically get to take your personal trainer with you wherever you go.
This is the easiest way to stay fit on the road and ensure that you’re maintaining your health goals, no matter where you go.
4. Work In Cardio Where You Can
While it’s probably unrealistic for most of us to shoot for cardio daily during travel, we recommend incorporating some cardio where possible.
Depending on your goals, what type of exercise you like, and where you are, this could mean going for a quick jog, walking along a path near your hotel, or checking out a local hiking spot.
It could also mean doing some stair workouts in the hotel or finding a local bike rental option. Many cities now have bikes for rent near popular attractions. Remember to get creative with your cardio. There’s no right way to do it, and switching things up is a great way to keep things fresh.
As always, ensure you are following your personal goals and balancing your cardio with plenty of strength training and functional fitness.
5. Consider Investing In Mobile Workout Tools
If you want to do a specific type of exercise while you’re gone, consider purchasing some mobile workout equipment to help you get the job done.
Things like resistance bands are easy to fit in luggage and perfect for making the most of your strength training. Yoga and Pilates are easy to do while traveling and require little equipment to perform.
If you need help determining what would be the best fit for you, talk to your Alloy trainer. They’ll be able to offer personalized recommendations designed to help you get the best possible workout, no matter where you are.
6. Walk Anytime You Can
One of our top tips for staying fit while traveling is also one of the easiest: just walk more. There are many health and wellness benefits to walking more. Instead of hopping in an Uber for a short ride, put on your tennis shoes and walk there. Walk up the stairs instead of taking the elevator.
Check out local bike paths and trails and get to know the neighborhood around where you’re staying. Besides being a great way to see the local sites, walking is an excellent way to sneak in some extra fitness and keep yourself feeling good while you’re away from home.
Staying Fit on the Road Just Got Easier
We get it. It’s tough to stay motivated to work out when you travel. The trick, though, is to make it as easy as possible.
By focusing on functional fitness, incorporating some bodyweight strength training, and keeping up with the personalized workout recommendations in your Alloy Personal Training app, you can stay up on your workout game even when you’re exploring a new place.
Need a bit of extra motivation? Talk to your Alloy trainer about your travel plans and how to stay fit while traveling before you go. They’ll be able to provide some personalized tips and tricks, help you break through mental barriers, and provide recommendations on mobile workout gear to help you come home feeling strong, refreshed, and ready for anything.