It is a question that pops up quite often… Because I know many business persons who are traveling on a consistent basis.
How can I maintain a steady exercise routine while traveling? How do I stay in shape when 1 week I am in Hong Kong, the next week Sydney and home to Newark for 3 days and out again to Singapore?
It isn’t easy! But it can be done.
Here are 7 tips for staying in shape when traveling.
Staying In Shape When Traveling Tip #1: Make Your Fitness Your Passion
When traveling, it is easier than ever to procrastinate on personal fitness. After all, you don’t have a gym, you are having to eat out all the time and your exercise partner probably isn’t along for the ride.
How important is your physical fitness?
If you have a passion to stay in shape, you will make it happen no matter the circumstances. But if fitness is just a hobby, procrastination is likely to win.
Grab the passion! Make it a priority!
Set goals and tell them to an accountability partner:
I will lose so many pounds in __ time.
I will gain __ muscle mass.
Staying In Shape When Traveling Tip #2: Gas Pump
I can’t take credit for this idea, it came from Melanie Kaplan writing for the Washington Post online edition here. And I think it is ingenious.
Most of us know how monotonous and back-breaking a long car trip can be.
And exercise is usually the last thing on your mind. Try this…
Every time you stop to fill the gas tank, pump out the same amount of push ups as was the dollar amount you spent… $30 worth of gas, 30 push ups.
No running out to buy a motorcycle to cheat.
Staying In Shape When Traveling Tip #3: The Fake Jump Rope
Maybe you don’t have room to pack your jump rope; it’s okay!
Just fake it.
Do the jump rope motions without the rope. You get the same workout.
Staying In Shape When Traveling Tip #4: Skip Elevators And Escalators
Technology has made us lazy and obese in many ways. Take the extra time and skip some of that technology like escalators, elevators, etc., and just use your feet and legs.
Walking stairways is a great exercise four your legs and glutes.
Staying In Shape When Traveling Tip #5: Be Wise When Eating That Hotel Continental Breakfast
While I do believe in eating a good breakfast, I also suggest that when you “dive in” to that continental breakfast they have at many hotels, consider how healthy the stuff is you are eating. Sugar filled pastries and a heavy mix of processed foods are on the menu.
I suggest loading up on the fresh fruits and fruit juices. A small portion of oatmeal should be fine too.
Staying In Shape When Traveling Tip #6: The Anywhere Exercises
There are 3 basic exercises that can be done nearly anywhere:
Okay, maybe pull ups are not possible everywhere, but if you use your creativity, you can usually find something like a tree branch.
In most locations you travel to, there is normally a playground/park in the vicinity. These are usually great places to find creative ways to exercise.
Squats, push ups and pull ups work your primary muscles, so if nothing, at least do these.
Staying In Shape When Traveling Tip #7: BikeShare
Bicycling is another great way to get some exercise when you travel.
But you didn’t pack your bike? No problem.
I found an excellent website that will help you find a bikeshare system wherever you are traveling to. Visit this link and see.
If you have just a little creativity, you can find ways to exercise no matter where you are.
It all falls back on… Do you want to? Do you have the passion and desire to stay in shape?
Get up and move… Jog to your connecting flight, swim laps in the hotel pool, walk, just move and keep your head held high because you care about yourself and you CAN do it!
Do you have any questions or comments? Just post them below. Thanks and happy travels!