I am proud to say that after 5 days of traveling and living out of suitcases, Bob and I have managed to keep our workouts, eating and weight on track. It is incredibly difficult to stay focused when you travel but the most essential part is to maintain your routine as much as possible. Continue to eat the same things for breakfast, squeeze in a workout here and there and explore the places you visit as if you were on vacation. Just don’t forget to pack your sneakers for impromptu walks & workouts!
Here are some simple ways to stay active on the road:
Take advantage of the hotel fitness center, even if it is small. You can usually squeeze in quick 20-minute interval workout on the treadmill and circuit of 10 push ups, 20 mountain climbers, and 10 burpees (repeat 3x) for a short and heart pumping workout without weights.
It has been 10 days since I last attended a yoga class and I cannot even tell you how much I miss it. When you are on the road, grab a travel yoga mat or even a couple of bath towels, download one of the many yoga apps available for your computer or phone and give yourself 30 minutes to practice stretching and relaxation. It might be the last thing you want to do but after a day in the car it’s probably the first thing you really need.
Check out nearby walking trails. We are traveling with our dog and we are fortunate that our extended stay hotel has great hiking trails nearby. A 400 sq/ft room is practically torture for a pup so we have to take him out multiple times a day to keep him active as well.
Explore. When you stop in a new city, take some time to explore the downtown area on your way to dinner. Take in the sights and taste the local flavor.
The best advice I can probably give is to listen to your body. If your body wants to move, move it. If you are completely exhausted, rest. I have been in both places over the past 5 days and listening to my body has made me mentally and physically stronger.