When you’re away from home, it can be challenging to maintain your fitness program. But dedication and planning can help you stay in shape, even when you’re on the road. 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:
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.
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:
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.
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