How to stay fit when traveling this holiday season

The holiday travel season is upon us.  With so many people missing out on traveling in 2020, you can expect a record number of people to travel during this holiday season.  Travel, vacation and family gatherings leave little room, or motivation, for exercise.  However, dedication and planning can help you stay in shape while traveling.  Consider these travel workout tips.

Pack for fitness

Before your trip, research the hotel or nearby fitness facilities and pack accordingly. Your travel workout essentials might include:

  • Athletic shoes
  • Exercise clothing
  • Swimsuit
  • Jump-rope
  • Resistance tubing
  • Hand grips
  • Headphones
  • Yoga mat
  • Smartphone or tablet

Keep active as you go

Whether you’re traveling by car, train or plane, travel can force you to sit for long periods, which isn’t good for your health. To fit some physical activity into your travel days, wear your walking or running shoes. If you’re traveling by plane and time permits or you encounter a delay, stroll through the airport terminal rather than sitting at the gate. When traveling by train, walk through the cars occasionally. If you’re driving, take breaks to get out and stretch.

If you know you’re going to have a long layover at an airport, check to see if the airport has a gym and pack your carry-on bag accordingly. Keep in mind that equipment varies and fees might apply.

Get started

When you arrive at your destination, set the tone for your trip by working out right away, even if it’s just a quick walk to check out your surroundings. If that’s not possible, schedule time for your next workout and treat it as an important appointment.

Consider these ways to work out or be active:

  • Walk. Walking is something you can do indoors or out and requires no equipment. Walk the airport, or walk the hotel. Take the stairs. Take your walk outdoors to check out local parks and trails. Ask the hotel staff about safe nearby routes for walking or running.
  • If staying at a hotel, use hotel fitness facilities. Many hotels have gyms or pools, or offer day passes to local fitness centers.
  • If staying with friends or family, ask about nearby gyms.  Many gyms allow you to purchase a day pass.
  • Skip rope. Use a jump-rope in your room or at the hotel gym.
  • Do jumping jacks. Try a few sets in your room.
  • Try an online class. You can use your laptop, tablet or smartphone to find a workout and follow along. If you can’t find space indoors, consider taking your workout outdoors.
  • Use resistance tubing. These stretchy tubes, which can be used virtually anywhere, offer weight-like resistance when you pull on them. Use them to strengthen nearly any muscle group.
  • Take advantage of your own body weight. Try push-ups, sit-ups, planks, lunges and squats.
  • Get wet. Swim laps in the hotel pool or at a nearby gym.
  • Try a new activity. Look for classes and group activities or meet-ups that interest you and allow you to explore your surroundings and participate in local culture.

Listen to your body

If jet lag or schedule changes leave you exhausted, make your workout shorter or lighter than usual. It’s OK to take it easy once in a while. Because travel can be so disruptive to how you sleep and what you eat, it’s not always the best time to try to increase your fitness level.  Remember, however, that regular exercise can help reduce stress and feelings of low energy, which might be just what you need to get through the holiday season.  

If you need help planning a fitness schedule during your holiday travel, contact me today and I can create a customized schedule for you.

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