Whether it’s for business, pleasure, vacation, world domination, or epic questing, at some point in our lives we all depart from the comfort of our personal “Shire” to visit another location. It might be a quick trip to the next town over for a business conference or a massive adventure halfway around the world for months at a time. No matter what kind of trip it is, one thing is certain, Our normal routines get completely thrown out the window when traveling!
and owing to being the creature of habits –humans have the inane need of following and maintaining a schedule is our basic need to exist, we eat at a certain time, sleep at a fixed time. However, when we start traveling, absolutely nothing is familiar and the slightest speed bump can be enough to screw things up.
It’s time to get you a specific action plan that you can take with you on your next trip, whether its for a day or a year
Schedule ahead. Scan the web for local gyms and running and cycling clubs. Note the schedule for Masters swim, spin classes, and group runs/rides. Find workouts that fit your schedule and put them on your calendar.
Think quality over quantity. You may not have a lot of time, so just do well with what you have! If your flight lands at 3 p.m. and you have a 5 p.m. dinner meeting, you aren’t going to get a 20-mile run in. However, you might be able to squeeze in a 20-minute run. Add some intensity and call it good. Same for the bike. Hop on a spin bike in the hotel gym for this quick workout: 10-minute warm-up, 15×30 seconds hard with 30 seconds’ rest, 5-minute cool-down.
Strengthen your core. Many standard core exercises can be done in your hotel room. How long can you do a plank? Find out!
Set yourself up for success. Use a long travel day as your rest day rather than trying to bang out 10 miles on the treadmill. The rest will energize you and you’ll get a better workout on another day.
Be flexible, spice up your workouts and add in a few new ones. You’ll return home fresher, stronger and excited to get back into your normal routine!