How To Stay Fit While Traveling
Being a health coach, it was only a matter of time before I posted about staying fit while traveling! I know how difficult it can be to maintain your fitness routine while moving around and I wanted to share with you my top resources and tips for staying active while on the road. I hope it helps in your own travels!
WHAT YOU CAN PACK
Obviously, you don't want to bring heavy weights with you on a plane but you can still bring some equipment to help you get in a good workout routine.
-Exercise bands. I personally like these because they come with varying levels of resistance and are super easy to pack. You can easily get in a good total body workout with them and they come with an instructional pamphlet so you know how to use them. You can also purchase the kind with handles but I feel they are harder to use.
-Ankle/hand weights. I have actually packed ankle weights on a few of my flights so I could stick to my bum workout routine. I love them and if your pack isn't already tooooo heavy, you can invest in them. Or, you can bring just one ankle weight to bring down the weight of your bag.
-Most obviously, a good pair of sneakers. You will need them anyway to walk around different areas, hike, etc. and you can go for a run to explore the new area you are in!
-Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Program. I have been using this particular plan for almost a year now and find it super helpful for staying on track. Her program is great for people that need structure and also want a good kick in the butt (it can be VERY difficult but also rewarding). The good thing about her workout is that you can do it indoors or out and is great to do with other people who are into fitness!
-Nike Training Club app. I use this app on occasion when I can't stream a video and need to workout indoors or if I just don't know what to do at the gym. It's easy to follow along and you can play your own music in the background since they just use verbal cueing. **Peep my workout playlist below!
-The best thing you can do in a new place is to find a yoga studio to check out and meet other people. It's a great way to learn different types of yoga and work on your practice. A simple google search will help you find one in your area or ask your hotel, bnb, or hostel for some ideas.
-If you can't make it to a class, you can try a podcast. I used to go to Yoga to the People when I lived in San Francisco and really enjoyed their classes. They have several podcasts on their website which you can stream for free so it's almost like being in the studio. Here is my favorite podcast.
There is nothing better than a good exercise video to do when you have some wifi and space in your hostel/hotel room or at your Bnb. Here are a few of my favorites.
This is one of my favorite lower body workouts. If you are by a beach, fill up your water bottle with sand or use cinder blocks--whatever helps you to add on more weight:) Also, Fitness Blender has hundreds of others videos to check out and the guy in the series has some pretty intense workouts as well (especially for those that want to do more intensive upper body workouts).
This is a good cardio workout that I've used for years when I want a good sweat. Keep in mind there is tons of jumping with this one so it's better to use when you are on a ground level floor.
This is a good workout for both cardio and strength. Sometimes I just do the pieces of the routine when I'm either short on time or just want to concentrate on a specific area. Again, the cardio has lots of jumping around so be sure to do it when you won't disturb others.
I also wanted to share my personal workout playlist in case you need some music for your workouts! It's almost 2 hours of music so you can easily listen to all of it on a longer workout or just cherry pick which songs you like and save it as your own, custom playlist on Spotify.
Last but certainly not least, don’t forget to explore your new surroundings! Push yourself a little and see if you can try a new sport or go on a hike that seems challenging. If you are in a beach area, get your scuba certification, go snorkeling or try surfing. If you are in a mountainous or hilly area, definitely go for long walks or hikes. Wherever you are, you can get the best workout outdoors while having fun either learning a new skill or doing something you love.
Did I miss anything? Let me know in your comments below what you like to do to stay fit while traveling!!