5 Workouts For When You Travel
Staying committed to working out while traveling is a challenge for everyone, myself included. Whether you’re traveling for work or pleasure, we put our bodies through a hefty amount of stress to adapt to our surroundings: a different climate, a strange bed, and different food options are just the beginning. Traveling in general can be stressful itself, so on top of that how do you modify your workout plan to fit your new environment? I'm here to tell you that it's totally doable, you just need to stay committed to your goals and be ready to sacrifice some of your time to get the workout in.
In my opinion, cardio is the best form of working out while traveling because it's quick, easy, and can be done INSIDE your hotel room! Here are a few exercises you can do alone, or with some company to make it more interesting.
1) Dance, Dance
Only have 5 minutes to exercise? No problem! Turn on your favorite pop song on YouTube or Spotify, and ROCK OUT. No one's watching, so go ahead. Get down with your bad self for 4 minutes. Personally, I enjoy a good Britney Spears tune such as ‘Womanizer’ or ‘Toxic.’ Fall Out Boy’s ‘Dance, Dance’ is not my kind of dance song, but if it’s yours then do you!
THE best exercise when you're strapped for time. Yes, you’ll probably break a sweat, and that’s great! When I do a burpee, I jump as high up as I can and go right into a push up. Repeat. Do as many as you can in 5-10 minutes. If you can do more, then go for it.
3) YouTube Workout Videos
YouTube is a fabulous resource for workout videos if you have some extra time. I actually have a few easy ones of my own that you can try. Altogether, they shouldn’t take you longer than 15-20 minutes. Plus, NO EQUIPMENT NEEDED!
4) Fitness Center
If you’re staying at a hotel with a fitness center, then make it a point to get a full workout in. First, pump out 20 minutes on the treadmill, stairmaster, elliptical, OR bike for your cardio. Then, lift weights for 10 minutes. You will feel so accomplished, and you can go back to enjoying your trip.
5) Find the nearest gym/fitness studio
If you’re signed up with a gym, Google nearby locations. If you’re not part of a gym like Planet Fitness or 24-hour Fitness, then don’t worry. Look up other fitness studios or gyms in your area. Most gyms offer day passes, so you can use their facilities. If you’re a SoulCycle fan like me, check your app to see if there is one near you!