Vacations are fun, especially when your destination is a tropical beach paradise or a week-long excursion exploring your favorite city. Whether you are traveling for pleasure or work, consider these travel workout tips for staying fit on vacation:
1. Resistance Bands
Resistance bands are a great substitute for dumbbells when you are on the go. They are lightweight and take up virtually no space in your luggage. They come in either low, medium, or high resistance levels. Depending on the exercise you’re doing, you might want to invest in getting all three.
There are plenty of different workouts you can do using resistance bands, and they don’t require a lot of space. Bands are a great option when you don’t have access to weights and want to keep your muscles working strong.
2. Jump Rope
A jump rope is another inexpensive and lightweight piece of workout gear you can bring with you on the go. It provides an intense cardio workout that can be done from the comfort of your hotel room. Try combining jumping rope with calisthenics for a complete, full-body workout.
For example; Alternate between doing a round of jumping rope to doing a round of sit-ups, push-ups, or squats. You can either time each round to equal a minute or complete a set amount of reps. Repeat alternating rounds for at least 20 minutes for best results.
Stairs may be a pain to climb when you’re carrying groceries or moving furniture, but there’s no denying they make for a hell of a workout. Running, or simply just walking upstairs activates all of the muscles in your legs. Your legs are your biggest muscle group and therefore burn the most calories when used.
You’d be hard-pressed to not find a decent staircase wherever your travels take you. If your hotel doesn’t have any, explore the local area around you. Once you find your stairs, set a goal for how many times you will walk/run up and down them.
Stairs can be intense, so you may want to adjust your goals depending on how sore you want your legs to feel the next day. Aim for at least 10-15 minutes to start.
Don’t let jet lag, greasy airport food, and sometimes lack of gym resources throw you off your fitness routine. It’s very easy to use all of the above as excuses to forego our workout and hit the minibar instead.
Those missed workouts add up though, and if you are someone who travels a lot, it could mean losing progress on your fitness goals. But don’t worry, we’re here to help! The above tips will keep you in shape wherever you go, gym or no gym.