Leaving your home where all your dumbbells and videos and favorite workout mat are all laid out for you? I’m here to tell you that’s not an excuse to fall off the fitness bandwagon, or to act like you don’t know exercise is NOT NEGOTIABLE. It’s vital to your health, energy, and mental outlook. So now that I’ve called you out on it, take a look at some of my helpful tips for working out on the road.
By Shaun T, creator of INSANITY®
Thanks to the great Shaun T. for this article on working out while traveling. Original article here.
Leaving your home where all your dumbbells and videos and favorite workout mat are all laid out for you? I’m here to tell you that’s not an excuse to fall off the fitness bandwagon, or to act like you don’t know exercise is NOT NEGOTIABLE. It’s vital to your health, energy, and mental outlook. So now that I’ve called you out on it (you know who you are out there), here are some of the things I do when I’m traveling but not performing. And don’t laugh. I do what I’ve got to do to get results. I make no apology.
First, pack anything you can within reason that will help your workout commitment. Grab sneakers, workout wear, favorite workout DVDs—INSANITY, Hip Hop Abs®, Rockin’ Body® . . . whatever gets you moving!
When you get to your destination, whether it’s a hotel or a friend’s or relative’s home, ask where a local gym is located. Most will be happy to give you a 1-day pass to check out their facilities, or only charge you a small fee for the day or week.
No gym in the scenic, out-of-the-way location where you find yourself? Rent a bike, or if it’s winter, some cross-country skis. Got a computer? I’ll bet it plays DVDs, so pop in your workout, Push Play, and get busy!
No computer or DVD player? Grab a chair and do squats and tricep dips. Lie on the floor and bench press your suitcase (close it securely first!), do push-ups, or if you can’t do that, push off a wall to work your chest and arms. Need cardio? Find some stairs, go for a run, or turn on some music and do some of your favorite dance moves. Or do some yoga—those moving asanas are strenuous, and an amazing way of working your whole body.
Sound crazy? Recently while on the road I stopped by a friend’s room to see if she wanted to go to the gym with me. She was lifting her little carry-on bag over her head doing tricep presses. Looked pretty effective.
You get the idea. Just keep fitness as a priority and you’ll find ways to make it work.