Those who often travel know that sticking to the healthy habits you have at home can be a real challenge. However, it’s possible.
There are hotel gyms and healthy snacks you can pack, but there are some tricks that are time-efficient and effective for maintaining a fitness routine even far from home.
Remember, you don’t have to work out for an hour to get results. In fact, working out for a shorter period of time with a higher intensity can be even better.
Here you can find seven creative tips for staying fit on the road.
- Use Your Bag as a Weight
When there’s no gym, use your backpack or bag as added weight. There are a lot of variations you can do here, for example overhead squats with your carry-on held over your head; and throwing the backpack on and doing push-ups.
You should put enough personal belongings in your bag to make the moves challenging.
- Run Sprints in the Hallways
Running sprints is one of the most effective things you can do for burning fat, and they require less time and space than distance running. Find a good hallway in your hotel that allows you to sprint at least 20 yards in one direction.
- Walk up the Stairs
Stairs are also a great option for more relaxed workout. Walk up the stairs, taking one or two steps at a time, for 30 minutes.
It’s better to start on the upper floors, where you’re less likely to bump into people, and remember that safety is the most important thing.
- Use Your Hotel Room for Work Out
If the hotel gym is closed for renovations or doesn’t exist at all, a bodyweight workout right in your hotel room is an excellent option.
You can place a towel or yoga mat on the floor and do sets of push-ups, squats and crunches.
Be thoughtful of your neighbors. Don’t go too crazy with jump squats or burpees, especially if you’re working out early in the morning or late at night.
- When You Arrive – Go for a Run
When arriving in a new city, you can go for a long run. You’ll get to explore your new surroundings and knock out your exercise for the day all in one shot.
Take in the sights, stop and talk to people or drop in to local shops along the way.
- Exercise in the Airport
You can also put your downtime at the airport to good use and get a workout in while you wait for your flight.
Some airports now have gyms, or yoga rooms that are free to use.
If bodyweight workouts aren’t your thing, you can get your steps in and take a walk around the terminal. Go up and down the stairs a few times for an added challenge.
- Lunch at Chipotle
If you’re traveling and need some quick food, it’s hard to beat Chipotle. There are thousands of locations worldwide, so it won’t be hard to find one. And the food is relatively healthy, if you make the right choices when ordering.
It’s better to stay away from burritos and tacos, as the tortillas are the largest sources of hydrogenated oils and preservatives. Stick to bowls and salads, with meat for protein and plenty of veggies. Don’t be afraid of rice, especially if you’re staying active.