Healthy & Fit Travel: Staying Active
When a runner goes on vacation they will typically run to keep in shape while they are away from home. That’s what’s great about running- you can just step out the door, no fancy equipment needed. What if you’re not a runner or worse yet, you’re allergic to the sun & CAN’T run?!? Run on a hotel treadmill you say? Well, this not-so-fancy hotel isn’t equipped with a gym of any kind so an alternative plan is a must.
Thankfully, before I got into running my workout routines consisted solely of functional training, bodyweight workouts, and strength and conditioning workouts. So coming up with a way to keep workin’ on my fitness away from home wasn’t too much of a chore. The first thing I had to do was make up a vacation workout rotation so I knew what I needed to bring along with me. Here is the rotation I came up with:
I wanted to keep my vacation workout rotation as close to my home workout rotation as possible. Typically on the days that I am doing the conditioning or bodyweight workouts, I would be running but since I can’t they are a great substitute. In fact, conditioning workouts help to improve my speed and endurance as a runner.
Given my rotation I only needed to bring along three pieces of equipment to keep me in shape: my Ultimate Sandbag, TRX and a Gymboss timer.
Since I own this equipment and it’s easily portable- they were a no brainer to bring. The bodyweight workouts were easy to incorporate too since they involve no equipment and can even be done without a timer. Several of the Strong Figure Conditioning Workouts that are posted each week by Stephanie and Erik can easily be made into no equipment needed workouts….and guess what? They are quick so there is no excuse for not fitting them in even while on vacation! Here are a few examples of the conditioning workouts from Strong Figure:
Each of these workouts can easily be done without any equipment or use of a simple timer. Other ways to stay active while on vacation include finding local trails to hike or simple just ditching the car and walking!
If you didn’t see my friend Redd’s suggestions in my first post you can look here! She gives 10 tips for making sure you’re still workin’ it while you’re away! Erica from Erica Finds also has a post with some great tips on how to stay fit on vacation. You can check her post out here!
Here are my top tips for keeping active while on vacation:
Staying active really doesn’t have to be complicated, especially if you’re lucky enough to get outside and be able to explore the local area and make it an adventure. If you have a pedometer or a fancy tracker you could even make a goal of how many steps you’re going to take each day without making it a chore.
What is your favorite way to stay active when you travel? Do you prefer to stick to a routine or do you make it an adventure?
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