Planning ahead is the biggest key to staying on track with exercise during travel or vacations. With summer just around the corner, I wanted to share these five tips to help you stay consistent, even when you are on the road.
1.) Active Travel - one of my favorite things to do when I am visiting a new city is to book a bicycle tour. I can be active, sightsee, and learn about the local culture, history and find places like restaurants or sites that I might want to visit while I'm there. Many cities also offer running or walking tours. Depending on where you travel, going hiking, paddle boarding, snorkeling or horse back riding might be the perfect way to get moving with an active adventure.
2.) Hotel Gym - When booking a place to stay, check to see if your hotel has a gym. This will make it easier to have space to exercise and equipment to use. Some hotel chains such as Westin even have programs that lend out workout gear including clothing and shoes to its customers for a small fee. If your hotel does not have a fitness room, then often times I request a room on the ground floor so that I can workout in my room without disturbing other guests below me. If you are booking an AirBnB or other rental, check the pictures online and try to find a place that will give you enough room to exercise so you can stay consistent with your workouts.
3.) Streaming Service - Use a streaming service such as Beachbody on Demand. This way you have hundreds of workouts at your fingertips that are available from your laptop or your phone. You can even download workouts to play offline in case you will not have internet access. It's so easy and convenient, there is no reason not to push play.
4.) Try a nearby class - Check out the local studios in the area and see what new and fun classes you might try. From acro yoga to zumba, there may be tons of classes available, and many studios offer free or introductory pricing for your first class. You can also use a service such as Class Pass to attend classes at home or away, all with a single membership.
5.) Resistance Bands - My last tip is to take your own gear. Resistance bands are easy to pack in your suitcase because they take up virtually zero space, are super light, and can provide a great tool for toning and strength training in place of using traditional weights.