Why is it that so many people affirm that travel throws off their fitness routine?
Should your travel schedule stop you from being active, fit and healthy? Absolutely not!
These are some of the questions I will be addressing in this brief article to help you stick to your wellness and fitness lifestyle even when your busy travel schedule gets in the way. Don’t miss some of the helpful tips on how to keep on moving and exercising when you are traveling.
The key word that gets a lot of people discouraged is ROUTINE. Just because we are creatures of habit, does not mean that we cannot create new adaptable routines. While a predictable schedule helps sticking to a routine, when it comes to your wellness and fitness, what matters most is the “FEELING” of being active. So, whether you are at your gym, in your city, or away somewhere in the world, blocking the time to feel good and active is key.
If you have been putting greater emphasis into your ZONE (the psychological and emotional space you enter when exercising) than you can re-create that space no matter where you are. Exercise should not be just a physical activity, mentally you need to disconnect to enter a ZONE meant to unplug, let go, distress, and re-energize.
Some people will say that eating healthy is their main obstacle, and while this is a less disagreeable topic, I will still insist that there are ways to control what you eat and how much you eat. The equation of how many calories you eat vs how many you burn is still under your control and it becomes that more relevant when you travel.
Another key aspect to developing adaptable workout routine is to start thinking of exercise as movement and to move in many different ways as possible. Variety in movement and exercise translates into joy, the sense of joy and enjoyment trigger your parasympathetic nervous system and helps create new routines. This is why diversity in exercise makes it easier to stay fit while traveling. Keep movement the ONLY constant during travel. Long walks in parks and places nearby, a run first thing in the morning, movement and stretching exercises in your room, on the rooftop, in the park, a hike. All of these options can be implemented with a good dose of commitment.
Here is more food for thoughts: It is also very helpful to STOP associating being fit with going to the gym and lifting weights. Wellness and Fitness are about strength, cardiovascular conditioning, core strength, balance, motor ability and control, flexibility, proprioception all of which can be practiced in the comfort of hotel rooms, in parks, or on the beaches where your travel takes you.
Movement is not a choir, like going to the gym is often for some people. Find movement types that you enjoy and practice them wherever you are, it is that simple.
Even if all you did was walking and some morning exercises you can do in your room, here are some helpful tips and activities that can help you stay relatively fit while traveling all over the world:
- Drink at least 1 gallon of water
- Pack or buy some mixed nuts to snack on between main meals
- Walk the town or as much as you can
- Squeeze in a plank, crunches and pushups routine for 15 min when you get up in the morning.
- Keep your alcohol consumption to a minimum. (Suggested amount: 1 drink a day)
- Sleep at least 7-8 hours
- Do not use the TV in your room, get out in the city, walk, people watch.
- Carry an exercise rubber band with you
NO MORE EXCUSES:
I am overwhelmed with work; I need to call home after work; I cannot eat well when traveling; it’s too humid; too cold. Let’s be frank, these types of excuses are just obstacles you are creating for yourself in your life. Wellness and Fitness is a lifestyle option, and you control it, regardless of where and how much you are traveling.