Tips on Travelling: Exercise
Have you ever felt crazy for feeling anxious or stressed over travel? On the one hand, I am so grateful every time I have the opportunity to visit a new place, but on the other, I can’t help but feeling anxious over all the unknowns- I love routine and travelling has the potential to obliterate that structure. While I used to believe I had to choose between routine and experience, I have come to learn that balance is just as important when travelling.
Just like eating, exercise is a large part of my day to day routine. Back when I possessed unhealthy exercise habits, I worked out because I felt like I had to. I forced myself to do exercises I hated because I thought they burned more calories, and to spend hours at the gym, especially after eating out. I would always panic before a trip, wondering how I would exercise. “Will the hotel have a gym? If I take a red eye, I will probably be too tired to workout the next day, so how will I make up for that? If I’m travelling all day, how can I get my steps in?” And the questions went on and on… Trust me, my brain considered every aspect of how I could workout while travelling. If this is you, I hope you know you’re not alone in these thoughts. But just because you may not be the only one in this mindset doesn’t mean it’s easy to possess such thoughts or that you should continue to feel this way.
Today, working out is a confidence booster, a stress-reliever, and a hobby for me. Whether I am at the gym, a high intensity class like Barry’s Bootcamp, or even on a hike, I love to move and see what my body can do. So when I travel, I don’t workout anymore because I “have” to, but because I want to. Plus, ten out of ten times I will enjoy my trip more if I have that “me time” every morning or every other day, away from the chaos of travelling.
Like I previously mentioned, I no longer choose between experience and routine when travelling; rather, I try to balance both to ensure I enjoy the trip. Sometimes this means sacrificing my workout in order to leave early in the morning for a city a few hours away or for a famous brunch place that always has a long line. Other times it means exploring a city on foot or bike to see what it has to offer, while also being active.
While I still sometimes stress about being taken from my routine, I never stress anymore over how I will workout when I am travelling. Because I’ve come up with so many ways to get active while away from home, I know I can easily workout if my body craves it. Just give me a small patch of floor, it doesn’t even matter if it is grass or carpet, and I can do a full body workout. So, without further ado, here are my working out tips and tricks for traveling, with some of my favorite workout routines as well!
What are your tips/tricks for exercising while travelling? I always love to learn new ones!
- Running shoes are your friend: One of my favorite ways to explore a new place is by going on a run in the early morning. I love exploring towns before they are filled with tourists, when all the locals are getting ready for the workday and the streets are quiet. Whether I go by the local tourist center for a trail route or just set out on my own, I always end up finding something pretty cool!
- Bodyweight workouts: A lot of people think a great workout has to be done in the gym using weights and other equipment. This is definitely not true- using your body alone is a great way to change up your normal routine and challenge yourself in new ways for a great workout.
- Bands, bands, bands: Resistance bands are not only a great way to intensify body weight exercises, but they are also slim, making them an easy pack. I always bring at least two with me when I travel- one smaller band that fits around my thighs and one longer one to attach to chairs (or trees, or poles, or whatever I have at my disposal). Some of my most difficult workouts I credit to these guys- check them out here!
- Jump rope: Jump ropes are another portable piece of equipment that provide a killer workout. Not only are they a great source of cardio, but also really work your core. This workout is one of my favorites, regardless of whether I am travelling or not.
- Don’t drive, walk: Whenever I travel, I always try to walk everywhere instead of driving. If it is less than 4 miles away, you usually will see me walking there! I love exploring all the nooks and crannies of a new city by walking for hours on end. I always end up finding hidden alleyways with the best restaurants or a local artist’s workshop. Of course, comfortable shoes are a must for this.
- Download some apps: There are some great workout apps out there that provide specialized workouts for whatever you are craving. Plus, they don’t require any equipment. Some of the apps I love to use are SWORKIT, 8fit, and Nike Training Club.
- Fun and active activities native to the region: Snorkeling? Cave spelunking? Horseback riding? Snowshoeing? No matter where you are, check out the area’s offerings. All of these activities and more are a blast to do when you are travelling in groups, plus make some really great memories!