your training schedule get out of whack when you travel? Do you just
forget about exercise until you get home? As the holidays quickly
approach, many of us will be traveling to visit family and friends, but
that doesn’t mean your fitness routine has to go out the window until
mapping out a training plan prior to your trip can help maintain your
fitness level when you travel. Here are four tips that will help you
stay on track when you’re on the road.
Plan Ahead. Contact
your hotel or visit their website to confirm the type of facilities
available. Knowing the type of equipment or facilities in advance
allows you to pre-plan your training sessions and maximize your
training time. Schedule your training time into your days prior to
reaching your destination. If you wait until you get there, you may
never find the opportunity to make time for yourself.
your hotel does not offer a fitness facility, ask if they have an
affiliation with a local health club. If you are staying with friends
or family, see if you can get a guest pass for their local club. You
can also check the Facility Finder at spinning.com to see if there is a
facility near your hotel that offers free Spinning classes with the
Class Pass program.
Consider Alternative Methods.
Embrace the surroundings of your destination to add some variation into
your regular training regimen. If you are near the beach, consider a
walk/run on the beach rather than using a treadmill, or try taking the
stairs to your room instead of using the elevator. If a group exercise
schedule is available, participate in a class format that is new to
you, such as yoga, Pilates, core conditioning or kick boxing.
Pack a workout kit.
You may not have enough time to make it to the gym during your trip,
but that doesn’t mean you can’t fit in a little exercise. Even 10
minutes of exercise will have a positive effect on your
mental outlook. The following lightweight items are a must for your kit:
- Resistance tubing/bands for resistance training.
- Jump rope for a quick cardiovascular workout.
- Water bottle to keep you hydrated during your training session.
- Portable CD or MP3 player to keep you motivated during your workout.
your workout into three components: cardiovascular, strength and
flexibility, each consisting of 10 minutes duration. Designing your
plan in this format allows you to adapt your training session according
to the amount of time you have available.
Eat healthy. There
is nothing more tempting than that candy bar in the mini-fridge. Curb
your temptations by having healthy snacks readily available in your
room. Visit the local grocery store to purchase a few items or pack
pre-made portioned snacks such as almonds, raisins, whole-wheat
crackers, precut vegetables and fruit. Don’t go overboard when eating
out. Drink water frequently to keep muscles well hydrated.