Staying active while out of town or on vacation can be a challenge but it is possible if we get out of the all or nothing mindset. From business travel to resort vacations, here are some ways to maintain a fitness routine in an affordable way.
Plan your workouts. It might sound obvious, but making working out a priority is one step towards preventing fitness regression (that happens due to inactivity for long stretches of time). Slot in a session before your appointments or during a break between scheduled activities. Give family and friends a heads up that you’ll be working out a few times during your vacation; that way, you make your intentions known and might even acquire a workout buddy.
Set yourself up for fitness success by including gym gear when making your travel packing list. Include workout clothes and a pair of sneakers, and maybe even simple equipment such as a resistance band or skipping rope. This will allow you to do a free workout in your hotel room, for instance, instead of having to locate a gym and pay any fees.
Being flexible with how you get your workouts in is also instrumental in achieving those affordable fitness goals. Consider participating in different physical activities, like trying a fitness class at a nearby studio. Some local gyms might even have trial or weekly passes that you can take advantage of so that you do not have to spend money on an entire package. You might even find a new favourite program. Look online ahead of time for deals in the area to take advantage of.
Sometimes it is difficult to commit to a single workout session, so split the time needed into smaller intervals whenever your schedule allows it. It could be as simple as starting the day with 15-minutes of conditioning exercises in your hotel room or going for a quick jog around your hotel. Walking by a park? Try body weight exercises like lunges, squats or triceps dips using a park bench. For an added bonus, find a calisthenics park with a variety of outdoor equipment. Not only will you be sticking to keeping fit, but working out outdoors also allows you to do a little sightseeing along the way.
For marathon trainers, seek out a local running club or ask your hotel concierge for a safe running route.
If you have a trainer back home, ask for a workout program that’s friendly to being on the road. Or subscribe to a workout streaming service, such as for yoga classes, that you can use in your hotel room. No need to purchase classes when you can save money with a multitude of online classes right at your fingertips.
If you’re not pressed for time, try walking to destinations. Not only is it a great way to stay physically active and help you hit your daily step goal, it also gives you a chance to explore the city. Trek a soft sandy beach (which is more challenging and burns more calories than walking on flat ground) or do the rounds at a shopping mall, opting to take the stairs instead of the escalator or elevator. Even walking laps around the airport during a layover counts. Too far to walk? Try biking. Whether you’re riding at a leisurely pace or riding for a longer distance, make sure you wear protective gear and follow safe biking practices. Plus, rental bikes are a cost- effective mode of transportation.
Take advantage of the activities native to where you’re visiting. Water lovers might be happy to swim in a pool, but might also find new challenges in surfing or enjoying an experience such as snorkeling. Golf, play tennis or head out for a game of beach volleyball. There is also opportunity here to search for discounted rates for these activities online or potentially find coupons in your hotel to use.
Then there’s planning a vacation around staying active. Some hotels are designed completely for the wellness traveler. They include services like personal trainers, fitness classes, physiotherapists, wellness workshops, and more. Besides wellness or yoga retreats, there are boot camp-style vacations to consider, as well. Light adventure hiking or trekking travel tours can also be a cardio challenge, especially if you’re carrying a backpack, due to the elevation and uneven terrain. Just make sure you find trails that are geared to your fitness level, then account for details like the amount of time you’re committing to the trek, heading out at dawn to avoid the day’s high heat and bringing enough drinking water to stay hydrated.
As important as it is to stay active while travelling, being away is also a great chance to rest from your usual routine. A week of inactivity won’t take too much a toll on your fitness, but might give you the recovery needed to get back to your health regime with a refreshed mindset.