When I was a personal trainer, I found many of my clients were successful when left to their own routine. They tended to eat the same foods and work out at the same time of day and at the same place… and fared quite well.
The panic would set in, however, when they were untimely ripped from their routine (literal allusion anyone?) and thrust into vacation or business travel.
All of a sudden the healthy habits we’d carefully layered one upon the other would go out the proverbial window quickfastandinahurry.
I’m a big believer in taking a clean livin’ vacation if my trip is, indeed, a VACATION, but if it’s for business I tend to stick to, well, BUSINESS.
That doesn’t necessarily mean that I duplicate the eating or workouts that I do at home.
I actually look forward to business travel because I know it will compel me to shake things up and give my workouts an always needed overhaul.
There are a few ways I set myself up for success before I hit the road in an effort to ensure I workout as planned, even if a fitness center or swimming pool isn’t available.
- Exercise DVDS. These are an easy way to squeeze in a workout using only your laptop. My best tip is to be sure and check out the DVDs prior to leaving home. I’ve found it far too tempting to skip or quit a DVD-session when the workout is unfamiliar and I feel I’m spending more time learning than burning (calories).
- Jump rope. I’m a big fan of tossing a jump rope in my suitcase and using it for some short bursts of in-room cardio during my hotel stay. If you’re anything like I am, a television or music is crucial for this workout.
- Resistance bands. This is another easy way to squeeze in a fast workout when traveling. As with the DVDs I highly recommend that you practice your routine *prior* to leaving town. That way when you wake up bleary-eyed and hotel-headed, the exercise band routine is already second nature.
- Stair climbing/city walking. It’s pretty easy to squeeze in a workout during travel simply by taking the stairs instead of the elevator or opting to walk instead of grabbing a cab (it’s amazing how many calories NEAT burns). I also enjoy grabbing a friend and gabbing while hotel stair climbing (I’m too cautious to do this one alone, no matter how (finger quote) safe (unFQ) the hotel is).
- Bodyweight workouts on the go. I’d yammered eloquently about the various facets of this routine. I’d written about the dips I do and the push ups I crank out. I’d waxed lovingly about the fact you can involve the whole family should you choose to do so. Much to your delight, however, I was caught in the act by O’Hare airport security cameras and you are spared my rantage. The proof, as they say, is in the video pudding.