Following a regular exercise routine can be tough to do, even when you’re on a “normal” schedule. But throw some travel into the mix, and suddenly those workouts become expendable.
Or do they? For the truly committed, it’s always a good time to work up a sweat, whether they’re at home or halfway around the world.
Business trips and vacations disrupt regular routines, including workout regimens. Studies have shown that most people returning from a trip away from home usually put on a few pounds. What’s the solution? Read on.
Burning Calories While Burning Miles – A Smart Way to Stay Fit
The mental obstacle of maintaining some semblance of a workout schedule is nearly as great as the physical hurdle. For many people, the opportunity to exercise on the road is over before the trip even begins: clothes and equipment aren’t packed, schedule conflicts appear insurmountable and all hopes for any fitness-related activities dissolve into half-hearted excuses and “what ifs.”
It’s time to treat the road differently. If you’d like to optimize your trip more toward the treadmill, you have to embrace that “get it done” mentality. Let’s take a closer look at some specific things you can do, starting with your next trip.
Checklist for Road (Workout) Warriors and Casual Exercise Enthusiasts
Do the following five things and you’ll be amazed at how much better your exercise travel regimen will become:
- Scope out the amenities. Before your trip, find out if your hotel or condo has an on-site exercise facility – free weights, elliptical machines, Nautilus equipment and the like. Based on your findings, you can better anticipate what types of workouts will fit your schedule. And if your destination lacks fitness equipment, no worries.
- Pack some fitness punch. Assume your hotel’s exercise room will be closed for renovations when you arrive. With this info in mind, make sure you pack some basic exercise essentials: ankle weights, dumbbells, resistance bands, a jump rope, whatever gets you up and moving.
- Use your feet. Walking is the perfect way to get in a moderately-paced workout, and you’ll also enjoy exploring new areas. Most towns and cities have walking- and jogging-related apps and websites dedicated to particular locales, so do a little research before leaving.
- Don’t overdo it at dinner. Vacation is a time to indulge, and business trips – particularly those with generous per diem expense budgets – are responsible for more than their fair share of expanded waistlines. When it comes to eating on the road, just relax and go with the flow. A few bad choices at the restaurant can offset a few days of dedication at the gym.
- Don’t forget bodyweight exercises. Let’s face it: after a night on the town or a day full of meetings, heading down for a 2-hour workout at the gym isn’t always feasible. But that doesn’t mean you should skip a vigorous workout altogether. Do some pushups. Try some squat thrusts. Plank. Use your body’s own weight to your advantage – those 500 pound Olympic weight sets aren’t always necessary.
Whether you’re on the road or home, it’s always a good idea to get in regular exercise. With this in mind. For more information on this program, please stop by one of Banner Urgent Care’s walk-in health clinics today. With more than 40 walk-in urgent care facilities spread across Arizona and Nevada, we’re the premier immediate care network in the southwest region – and we’d love to help you today! You can also call an Banner Urgent Care health consultant at (480) 988-9108.