I’ll be the first to admit that staying fit when you travel long term is hard work! But the hardest part of getting (and keeping) fit is starting a solid routine you can commit to. Once you’re in a routine, it is much easier to maintain than when you let it slide for a few weeks on a vacation and return home ready to get fit again.
So what should you do to stay fit while you travel?
Rule #1 – Have a Plan
First things first – make a plan. Before you depart on your trip be sure to set out your goals – do you want to keep your fitness or improve your fitness? Perhaps your goal is just to continue a healthy diet? Whatever it is, be specific in setting your goals.
The next step is to make a (reasonable) plan. If you’re going to Europe, chances are you are going to let your diet slip a little – eating in Europe is half the fun! If you’re going to a hot and humid destination, chances are you are going to have better luck sticking to a healthy diet with the idea of a bikini looming on you every morning. Whatever the case, be realistic. Consider your accommodation – do you have a hotel gym? Do you want/need a hotel gym? Be sure to think ahead and plan in advance.
If you want to workout once a day, consider the time of day you are best to do so – in the morning before it gets to hot? Maybe in the afternoon after a big day exploring and before dinner? Whatever works for you!
My Travel Workout Routine
I’ll be honest and say that I’m not very strict upon myself when it comes to a specific travel workout routine – not for lack of trying! But being so busy travel blogging full time and with every day so different to the next, I go for the ‘no plan plan’. I stick by rule #3 – read on to find out more.
Rule #2 – Stick to it
Now that you have a plan, you need to stick by it. That’s partly why it is so important to be realistic with your plan – otherwise you won’t be able to execute it!
Rule #3 – Be active every day, everywhere, in every way
Unlike a rigid gym routine back at home, keeping fit when you’re on the road can be fun, spontaneous, and should always be creative. If you don’t feel like a typical daily workout, take the day off from your usual routine and get creative.
Think about your surrounds – can you go hiking, running, cycling? What about trying a dance or yoga class? Your options are limitless! If you’re not in a city, that’s the best excuse to get outdoors and try a new hiking trail or rent a bike. Worst case scenario – you can always go on a long walk and discover your surrounds.
If you need a little inspiration to get outdoors, put in your headphones and play a fun playlist that will make you feel like moving. Before you know it you’ve convinced yourself to take a 10km hike for the day. The other plus side to exploring is getting some of the best photos from your trip that were unexpected and you wouldn’t have got them otherwise. Just so long as you go, get outdoors, and make the most of your day!
My Fail Proof Travel Workout Routine
Some days you just don’t feel like going outdoors – maybe you’re tired, jetlagged, or the weather is miserable. You don’t need to feel guilty for this – trust me, after deciding to travel for a year and living out of a suitcase I know firsthand that these days exist! In this case, here’s a quick 20 minute workout to do to feel like you’ve ‘done something’ for the day:
x5 minutes warming up to your favourite song
Repeat 5 times as fast as you can:
X20 sit ups
x5 minutes stretch
…you just did 100 squats, 50 puchups, 100 sit ups and 100 crunches!
If all else fails, dance like no one is watching in the mirror for 30 minutes… works every time!