Do you travel often, or do you have a vacation coming up? Do you find yourself thinking that you can't exercise while traveling, because you don't have time or because you don't have access to a gym? Don't let these be the excuses that prevent you from exercising while you travel.
- Go old school
Remember gym class when you were younger? A lot of the activities , jump rope, jumping jacks, push-ups and sit-ups , required little to no equipment. Go old school and add in some planks, burpees and squats. Before you know it, you can easily knock out a 30-minute workout in your hotel room.
- Look up the hotel ahead of time
Many hotels now have gyms that come equipped with free weights, treadmills or an elliptical. Hyatt Regency and Marriott hotels have gyms that are open 24 hours a day, so no matter the time of day, you can squeeze in 30 minutes of exercise. And, if you check out the website ahead of time, you might find they have a pool , so don't forget to bring a bathing suit!
- Get outside!
If you're traveling to a new city, take the time to scope it out by foot. Walking while sightseeing can be a workout itself. You can easily track your steps with a sleep and activity tracker such as the REM-Fit Active
while also monitoring your sleep to ensure you're getting at least seven hours each night.
- Use your phone/laptop/tablet
Most people don't leave for a trip without a device, so if you're traveling and looking for inspiration, take the time before you leave to look up workout videos that require minimal equipment. You might be surprised to find how many are out there! It' also easy to throw in a few resistance bands and possibly some ankle weights in your bag if you have them.
- Walk the terminal
Time during layovers can be demotivating, especially if you're traveling all day. You're thinking about your destination, it' crowded and hard to find healthy food, and you have a bag with you. However, if you have 30 minutes to kill during a layover, take the time to walk around. It will make you feel so much better and you'll work out any kinks you got from sitting too long during your flight.
It can be tough to stay fit with a busy travel schedule, but it' key to plan ahead and make sure you have 30 minutes to yourself every day to squeeze in cardio. In no time, you'll be feeling more energized, even as you're en route to your next destination. Safe travels!