Being a road warrior means a diverse and varied work landscape, but it also means your schedule isn’t as predictable as you might like. With all the inactive time spent in airports, planes, and conference rooms, it’s essential to carve out workout time to keep your body and mind in tip-top shape.
Working out consistently while traveling can be difficult, but it can be done with a little planning. Here are five tips to keep your workout rolling while on the road.
Use Your Body
Using your energy and bodyweight, you can customize a simple, effective hotel-room workout that doesn’t require any equipment. Get your heart pumping by running in place and doing jumping jacks, skaters, high knees, butt-kicks, and suicide drills. Then add in squats, lunges, push-ups, crunches, and planks. Time yourself with three minutes of cardio and one minute of weight-bearing exercises. Do eight cycles, and you’ll have a 30-minute workout in the bag. Don’t forget to pack workout clothes, running shoes, and headphones.
Keep It Classy
A little online exploration before your trip can open up new fitness adventures to surprise your muscles and make your workout fun and super effective. Pick a hotel that offers gym workout sessions, or scope out fitness classes nearby. You can make this even easier by signing up for Class Pass. With this flexible program, you can opt for online classes or sign up for live classes offered in participating fitness facilities in your destination city.
Keep It Simple
If you find yourself in a strange city unprepared with workout plans, remember that exercise existed well before gyms and boutique fitness studios. You can move your body and work up a sweat by heading out for a run, renting a bicycle, or running up and down the hotel stairs. For something slow and steady, go for a hike in a nearby park or take a walking tour.
Make It Mandatory
Remember that attitude makes the difference. The people who excel at working out while traveling are the ones who don’t give themselves a choice, approaching their travel workout as a “get to” rather than a “have to.” Schedule your workouts just like business meetings. Put them on your Google calendar and set reminder alerts.