Sometimes when you’re traveling, fitness can take a back seat. However, there are some ways you can stay fit while traveling. Here are a few tips:
You may want to forget about packing the dumbbells when you are traveling, but there sure is room for a jump rope—and it doesn’t weigh much. When you have some down time, just take out that jump rope and give yourself a good workout. Likewise, you can throw in some resistance bands in your suitcase to use as a workout, too.
If flying is in your travel plans, don’t just sit around while you wait for your flight. Go ahead and walk the terminal area to get a bit of a workout. For most flights, you have to arrive at the airport well ahead of your flight time, so make the most of your wait time by taking a brisk walk around the concourse. If you’re traveling by car, make sure you stop at rest stops and walk the area and stretch out well while there.
Likewise, when flying, your muscles can be pretty tight, so make sure you stretch out right before and after your flight time. Some suggested stretches include a forward fold that can help stretch your lower back. Bend at the hips and go forward, hugging your knees and rocking side to side.
Once you’ve arrived at your accommodations, try two yoga poses—downward dog and child's pose—to help both your mind and your body. Speaking of yoga. . . you can pack your yoga mat and get in a yoga workout, which is perfect to perform in hotel rooms or other small spaces while traveling.
Plus, many hotels have a fitness area, so be sure to take advantage of them during your stay.
You see? Traveling doesn’t mean you have to give up your fitness routine, so give some of these a try.
In order to avoid risk of injury, please seek advice directly from your physician, especially if you have existing medical issues, before beginning any exercise or nutritional program. Also, be sure to stretch after exercise to avoid muscle and joint tightness.