How Do I Stay Fit While Traveling?
I posted a video on this exact subject on my channel on August 24th and I wanted to delve a bit deeper.
When you are on a consistent fitness regimen, anything that interferes with your schedule can really throw a wrench into your fitness program. Be it an illness, surprise guests at your home, or an unexpected trip for work - these things can really mess your training schedule up.
But you don’t need to be fearful of how a long awaited vacation might affect your long-term fitness plans. If takes just a small amount of time for you plan a terrific trip and still stay fit.
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Bring Workout Clothing and Footwear
Clothing that is comfortable, makes you look good, and inspires you to get moving is the best option. You want to be motivated to get out of that hotel room. Tip - don’t buy new sneakers right before a vacation. You are going to be walking a lot and the last thing you need is to have hurt aches or heels because the sneakers need to be broken in. That will not only ruin your trip, but you won’t want to exercise either.
My favorite workout gear comes from two brands - Eleven by Venus Williams, and Fabletics. Awesome quality, reasonable pricing, and Five-Star customer service!
Bring One Piece of Exercise Gear
I love to bring my TRX System with my on vacation. It’s provides a complete workout, but is small enough to fit in my carry-on bag. Also, one resistance band and/or a jump rope also provide options for different workouts that you can do indoors or out.
Call Gyms Local to Where You Will Be Staying
One of the things I do is do a Google Maps search for fitness centers near where I will be staying. If they have a website, I will check their schedule of classes, and general gym hours to see if they have any offerings that work for me. If I like the place and if it’s allowed, I will buy a day pass, which generally ranges from $10-25 although some places offer them for free.
Look For Free Fitness Classes
Some cities offer free fitness classes that range from Zumba ©, Yoga, Pilates, and more.
Shape Up NYC is a free service which offers year-round classes in every borough ranging from Cardio Kickboxing and Zumba, to Strength Training and Spinning.
Milestone Running in San Diego offers free Wednesday evening runs, from 3.1 miles (5k) to 5 miles, each week.
Atlanta BeltLine in Atlanta offers free fitness classes ranging from Mountain Biking and Skateboarding, to Yoga and Hiking.
Guthrie Green in Tulsa has partnered with the YMCA and other community organizations to provide 5 fitness classes 5 days per week.
Lululemon stores throughout the United States offer free yoga classes a couple of times per week.
As you can see, there are a variety of free options available to you. And the best thing is that you will be working out with the locals, or other travelers just like you! So, lose the excuses and get out enjoy the trip!