Tips for Fitness Training While Traveling

June 22, 2018 By: Joe Aben Share This Post: Print:

You’ve been looking forward to that vacation or work trip for a while, but now you’re wondering if it could hurt all the progress you’ve made on your body, because you’ll be away from the gym for a few days or even a week. We’ve all been there, but the good news is that you can still get a lot done with these travel and vacation training tips.

It’s important to keep your training progress going, even while away from home, because it prevents you from losing the progress you’ve already made and can help your body better deal with changes you encounter, from bigger-than-normal meals to disrupted sleep patterns as you cross time zones.

Here are just a few training while traveling tips to keep in mind.

Match Your Workout to What’s Available

Many hotels offer pools or fitness centers, so you can keep your cardio activity alive by taking an early morning dip or hitting a stair climber. If you’re staying somewhere without these options, you can also head outside for a nice walk, job or possibly a bike ride. Training while on vacation is all about using what’s around you.

These are great exercises you can do each day, and it’s okay if they’re different from your normal cardio routine. It’s important to keep going, so give yourself some flexibility with the activity itself. The one thing to aim for is an intensity and time interval that’s similar to what you would be doing at home.

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Try the Stairs

Fitness training while on vacation is all about fitting in your fitness when you can. Look for little opportunities like taking the stairs to your meeting or back up to your hotel room at the end of the day. It’s a small measure that will get your blood pumping, and it’s easy to do each day of your trip. It’s one of our favorite vacation training tips, because stairs can be found just about everywhere you go.

Use Your Body Weight

Fitness training while on vacation is perhaps best when you use your body weight to build muscle strength, because it can be done safely almost anywhere. You don’t need any unfamiliar machines or weights that are heavier than you’re used to working with at the gym.

We recommend circuits of five to six different exercises, with only a little bit of rest in between each exercise. After the first circuit, you can see how you’re feeling and either stop or go for another set. Some of the best body weight exercises
for you to choose from include:

  • Crunches
  • Pull-ups
  • Push-ups
  • Lunges
  • Squats
  • Burpees
  • Plank
  • Wall-sits
  • Limb-raises

Stick to repetitions of each that are comfortable for your body. If you’re new to the routine, or to working out in general, you could start with five to seven reps and then do multiple circuits if you’re still feeling ambitious.

Remember: vacation training tips are designed to help you stay healthy and not lose any of the progress you’ve made by introducing some activity each day. This isn’t a time to push too hard or overdo it, so always stick with what feels comfortable and stop if anything doesn’t feel right or becomes too strenuous.

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