Traveling is an exciting adventure! But when it comes to keeping up with our fitness, being away from your regular routine can definitely make things challenging.
The good news is that even if you’re on the go, there are still plenty of simple and effective ways to maintain your fitness goals.
From exploring your new surroundings to strategically trying the local cuisine, we'll share 4 tips to help you stay on track and feel your best — no matter where you are.
Why it’s hard to stay in shape when traveling
Discovering new places can be an enriching experience, but it can also disrupt your healthy habits and make it challenging to stay in shape. That’s because when we’re removed from our normal routine and space, prioritizing fitness can end up at the bottom of our to-do list.
Finding access to a proper gym, or even basic equipment, can be harder than making that 5:00 AM flight. Plus, eating every new thing you discover and drinking until sunrise makes it virtually impossible to have the energy you need to even walk through the gym’s doors.
To help fight this, you need some travel-friendly fitness tips that won’t mess with your vacation or your workouts.
4 tips to stay fit when out of town
Choose exercises with little equipment
While having access to proper equipment is great, you don’t actually need all that to maintain your fitness on vacation. If you're going somewhere by plane, investing in resistance bands or booty bands is a great option.
They’re portable, lightweight, and can be used for exercises like bicep curls, glute bridges, squats, tricep extensions, and more.
Explore by walking, hiking, or running
One of the best ways to stay active while traveling is to explore by foot. Whether you're walking through a bustling city, hiking in the mountains, or running along the beach, there are plenty of opportunities to get your heart rate up and see the sights at the same time.
Look for a scenic route (and get familiar with the terrain and weather), wear the appropriate gear (no running sneakers on a hike!), and be sure to take breaks to sightsee.
Watch your nutrition
Before you travel, it’s a great idea to research the local cuisine. Knowing what types of food are common in the area can help you plan your meals and make healthier choices without missing out on all those new foods.
If you’re still a bit worried, just make sure you’re bringing some snacks that align with your dietary needs, keep an eye on portion control, and be sure to stay hydrated.
Consider your type of trip
If you’re more into van life or road trips in general, that means you have more space to bring along larger equipment. Things like a foldable bench or a good set of starter dumbbells are still pretty compact but allow you to add more targeted workouts to your routine.
Store the bench in your trunk or the back of your van and your dumbbell set under your seat, or if you have a roof rack, you can place them there.
Let’s hit the road!
Staying fit while traveling can be a challenge, but you can make it easier.
By following these 4 tips, you can stay active and healthy no matter where your travels take you. Remember, investing in travel-friendly fitness equipment like resistance bands or bringing along larger equipment like a foldable weight bench can make a huge difference.