Have workouts, will travel: How I stay fit on the road

Photo courtesy of DangerouslyFit.com

Photo courtesy of DangerouslyFit.com

We all know that the best way to stay healthy is to make eating well and exercising a daily habit. But what happens when a trip throws you off your usual routine?

Between travel and a move, Hubby and I are hypothetically “homeless” (that is, without a permanent address) for almost two months this summer. Deep breath. 

We need a constant amid the chaos. And for us, that’s a good sweat session. So here’s how I plan to stay on track when everything else feels like it’s spinning out of control:

1. Make a plan. Figure out what works with your schedule, and commit to making it your new routine for the interim. For me, that’ll be a quick morning run before breakfast each day to start things off on the right foot.

2. Have a goal. It’s easier to motivate yourself when there’s something bigger at stake. Having my marathon training all mapped out will help me take the guesswork out of my daily workouts.

3. Keep it simple. K.I.S.S. — yep, “Keep it simple, Stupid.” Between running and body-weight exercises, I’ll be streamlining my workouts as much as possible over the next few weeks to keep things uncomplicated.

4. Mix it up. Variety is the spice of life, so when I’m running a lot I mix in complimentary workouts. This often means adding a few new DVDs into the rotation:

Yoga helps balance tight running muscles, so I’ll pop in one of the 12 Yoga Warrior 365 classes and laugh along with instructor Rudy Mettia’s irreverent approach to the practice.

– And for an intense, efficient cardio session when the weather’s not cooperating, I’ve been turning to BurstFIT Fire for a full-body, high-intensity interval workout in a mere 20 minutes.

5. Enlist some help. Having a partner in crime makes it much easier to get up and out each morning. That’s when I lean on Hubby; we keep each other honest about our workouts while on vacation, plus it’s fun to explore new cities that way.

6. Cut some slack. When things get super hectic, it’s good to know when to give yourself a break. Over the years, I’ve realized that an extra rest day here and there won’t hurt my training; in fact, taking a breather can actually help in the long run.

What are your best tips for sticking to a fitness routine while traveling? 

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3 thoughts on “Have workouts, will travel: How I stay fit on the road

  1. I love resistance bands for traveling. They are versatile and don’t take up much space (you can pack them in the toe of a shoe or even your pocket) 🙂

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