20 Simple Steps You Can Take To Keep Active When Traveling
Don’t let September be the new January, keep healthy and active all year round and keep moving while you travel.
- Pack your trainers and go for a run (or walk-run, it’s just as good for you) and go explore the local area.
- Walk when you can; take the stairs not the escalators in the airport and train stations, walk to the shop, include walking as part of your travel time, walk to a view point instead of taking a ride (wear comfy shoes if it helps!).
- Hire, borrow or loan a bike and cycle around as much as possible, plan a bike ride and get some fresh air.
- Pack a skipping rope.
- Find out where the nearest Crossfit Box, (or Lululemon community, RPM, Boxing, HIIT, Park Run, November Project, yoga class) is and get yourself signed up for a class in advance.
- Staying with family? Offer to take the family dog or neighbours dog for a walk.
- Sign yourself up for a charity event for while you are away such as ‘Race for Life’ to stay active for a purpose.
- See the sights by joining a walking tour.
- Download an ‘at home’ HIIT workout app and workout wherever you are staying.
- Set yourself a challenge to do while you are away, something that requires preparation and commitment, for example running a marathon, your first Iron Man or Ultra trail. This will keep you focused and help you learn to love staying active all year round.
- No gym nearby? 10 minutes of burpees works the whole body and will leave you feeling energised.
- Track your steps – aim for 10,000 a day.
- Have walking meetings and meet ups when you can.
- Take your nieces and nephews (or any family relatives under the age of 10) out for the day; the park, Bounce, swimming, the beach…
- Learn a yoga sequence such as a sun salutation, you can do this without equipment each morning in your room.
- Learn something new, sign up for a class you haven’t done before or couldn’t do back home. Rock climbing? Surfing? Skiing?
- Have a post-dinner walk ritual.
- Hike to the highest point of the island/city/country.
- Wake up early and use pre-breakfast time to get up and be active (even if it is only 15 minutes for some skipping!)
- Eat foods that make you feel good and drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep hydrated and energised.
The key to staying active while you are travelling is having the desire to do it and planning it in before you go. If you want to you will find a way.
Be kind to yourself, for the majority (especially if it is a work related trip) you most likely won’t be able to stick to your normal workout routine, however there is no reason to come back feeling like you have undone the work you did before you left.
If you’re travelling for pleasure, remember why you are there and make choices inline to enjoy and fulfil the intentions of your trip.
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