So, you’re headed out of town: vacation, work trip, visiting family, etc. We all know that it can be really hard to maintain your fitness goals anytime you get out of your own space and routine. The keyword here is “can be really hard,” followed by the good news that it doesn’t have to be. Last year we talked about ways to make healthy choices while traveling. Every item on our previous list still rings true. Packing your own food (take lots of healthy snacks!), eating like you would at home, drinking plenty of water, and maintaining your normal fitness/movement levels are all still great advice.
But how? How do you stay active at a hotel, or a resort, or a conference center?
To reiterate the last point of our previous post: Own it.
Staying active and taking care of yourself are things you do for YOU. The need to take care of your body doesn’t change based on where you are- and your commitment to yourself shouldn’t change either. If anything, we should take more time for ourselves while on vacation, right? Isn’t that what vacation is all about?
There are many ways to set yourself up for fitness success while traveling:
-One of our members shared that he likes to sign up for 5K runs in the cities he is traveling to. Not only does this give him a unique experience (and maybe a cool t-shirt) in a new city, but it also gives him a solid reason to stay moving. It’s an experience to look forward to and a great motivator- especially if he paid to sign up for the event. We all know that it’s harder to back out if you paid for something.
-Go prepared. If Yoga or Pilates are your thing- take your mat with you. If you don’t want to practice in your room, chances are good that you can find a park or studio nearby. If you prefer running- take your shoes and any gear you use. The same advice goes for almost any activity.
-Know your hotel and the area. A few minutes on google can help set you up for success. Is there a fitness room where you are staying? How equipped is it? If not, are there any fitness centers nearby that offer drop in or daily rates? (if so, can you pre-pay for the number of days you’ll be there?)
We’ve said it before: working out on the road doesn’t have to be complicated. Here are three fitness options that can be used anywhere (Compiled by our Fitness Director, Morgan Fewel).
Do you have a favorite way to stay active while traveling? If so, we’d love to hear about it!
We wish you good health and safe travels this summer,
Columbia Basin Racquet Club