Workout Tips While Traveling
It's true that I'm an experienced weight lifter and have many years of exercise under my belt, but I'm also a creature of habit. I like to workout at my gym and have the comfort of knowing what to expect. I push hard during the majority of my training sessions, but I like the habitual nature of my training too. Traveling throws me off. I did a lot more of it last year, but I still have a trip pop up every couple of months. Navigating my fitness and nutrition while traveling has been a process. It's still a process actually. I'm not "there" yet, but I'm getting better every time.
On short trips I don't even really worry about working out. 4 days or less and I know it's going to be so busy that I won't have the extra time. For these short trips, I do 10-15 minutes of glute-band training each morning or night. On longer trips I figure I can at least fit in one or two sessions, but I still do the daily glute-band training.
I think my biggest struggle has been learning what works best for me. I've read and listened to a lot of advice over the years. I always try and apply it because people know way more than I do and that's how you learn. Sometimes I drop the ball on being mindful though and figuring out how to adapt that advice to my own situation. Not everything will work the same for every person. More importantly, not everything will feel good for every person and I'm a big fan of doing what makes you feel good!
Here are a few tips I rounded up. Take the advice and apply it in a way that works for you.
- Let good enough be good enough. This was something my coach said to us this week with regard to nutrition, but for me it applies here too. I generally don't have the time or desire to find a regular gym while I'm traveling so I need to make my hotel room and fitness center work. It's not the workout I'd like to get, but it's better than not working out at all.
- Bring mini-bands. These are lifesavers for me. In my training, if I can do some glute pumping mini-band workouts throughout the week I feel good. Even if I don't touch a weight, I can make this work for a short period of time. You can also bring long bands, if suitcase room permits, and get a nice full-body workout.
- Download or stream a workout online. Most of us travel with laptops, tables and phones and that's pretty much all you need to get some type of bodyweight workout in these days. You don't have to leave your hotel room and you can generally find something for free.
- Try something different. If the hotel fitness center only has light weights then you need to change up your training style. High reps, less rest works great in these situations. Get your heart rate up and cut your workout time down. It's win-win. Maybe you stay in your hotel room instead and stream a yoga or bodyweight workout instead. It might not be your usual, but it's movement and you never know; you might like it
Do you have any good tips to share? I'd love to read them in the comments! I'm always looking for new ways to make my process easier and more habitual.