Travel, for all of its great benefits has one very big negative: It has a
tendency potential to disrupt your routines, and often for the negative. When you’re on vacation you’ll have a tendency to relax and may skip excersise, if you’re flying often for work it can be exhausting and the last thing you want to do after traveling all day long is hit the gym.
To make it simpler for yourself pick one activity and stick with it. I’ve recently gotten into running, not that I like it — I actually hate it sometimes, but it’s a great cardio activity and really doesn’t require any special gear or equipment. And now that I’ve been doing it for a while I feel like my brain has adjusted to running and it’s almost like I’m on autopilot, my legs are doing the running but my mind is thinking about whatever, it’s a great way to actually unwind. So pick an activity that you think you can commit to, unless you’re super regimented I wouldn’t be advising to be keeping a cardio/weighlifting/stretching routines all going at once during travel.
Make It Accessible
Eliminate any hurdles from your chosen activity because when traveling any hurdle can become a huge de-motivator. If you need special gear or special equipment think about chosing a different activity or being creative (start doing pushups, situps, squats, etc., in your room, that way you don’t need a gym in your hotel).
Prepare The Night Before
When we traveled back out East I packed all my running related stuff in a separate comparatment of my suitcase so I consciously knew where it was and it was easily available to me. I didn’t have to fumble and piece it together once we got to the hotel room, I simply unziped the compartment and there was my windbreaker, my sneakers, sox, shirt and shorts. I really had no easy excuse not to get dressed and go for a run, and that’s important — mitigagte your excuses
A big benefit of running somewhere for me is that it’s like a walk but ~3x faster. Anywhere you can walk you can technically run. If you get to a new city you can go on a quick jog and within 30 minutes you can discover things that are at least 1.5miles away from your hotel. You can make mental notes of a park, restaurant, museum, etc. And not only have to already got a head-start on your location but you’ve burned a few hundred calories doing it.
So that’s my take on it, it’s very easy to lose your healthy momentum when you’re traveling and even easier to make excuses not to excercises, but when you’re traveling I think you need excercise the most — it keeps you grounded in familiar activities, it calms you down and it keeps you healthy. So consider the tips above, they’re all meant to address excuses that you may maek up in your mind, remove any of the excuses and it’ll be easy to stay in shape when you’re traveling. Good luck!