Let’s set the stage: you’ve been exercising on a regular basis (say, 30 minutes a day for three to five days a week). Then you learn you have to travel out of town. After the initial response (delight, amused tolerance, annoyance, weariness), the thinking brain kicks in. Work or play? What’s the duration of the trip? Is it an emergency or routine? Do I stay in one location, or will I be moving around?
Whatever the answers to these questions, mindset plays the biggest part in how beneficial or detrimental traveling will be to your fitness goals.
Some trips come at you with little to no warning. When it’s an out-of-the-blue situation, the best thing you can do for yourself is to make sure you eat well. Eat as close as you can to how you do at home. Fill in the gaps with nutrition bars, healthy snacks, and drinks that do not contain sugar or artificial sweeteners. Oh, and water. It’s too easy to become dehydrated when traveling, so drinking more water would not go amiss.
How to Take Fitness on the Road
If you’re going to be away for less than five or so days, focus on high-quality nutrition and some kind of aerobic exercise. This may be as simple as a brisk walk around the block and a stretching session in your hotel room. If your schedule is very intense, this just might be the perfect time for a break from working out. Make no mistake, everyone who exercises needs to take time off from an exercise routine. Just be sure this is a legitimate break and not an excuse not to deal with an unfamiliar workout environment.
A longer trip (more than a week), practically dictates the need for exercise arrangements.
- Fitness facility part of accommodations – ideally speaking, you can throw on workout clothes, exercise, then get cleaned up, all without going out of the place where you’re staying. This alternative is convenient, timesaving, and entails a minimum of fuss.
- Location of your usual gym available – If you belong to a gym with more than one location, and there’s a facility where you’re going to be, then you’re in business. The environment will be very similar to what you’re used to. Adjustment will be minimal.
- Some other fitness facility is available – This gives you the chance to try out a different facility as well as keep up with your workouts. If this works for you, consider it.
- You’re on your own – If you know there won’t be a workout facility available, bring a gym with you. Or have one sent to you. A number of companies, Amazon included, can get stuff to you overnight, if necessary.
Bottom line, keep in mind why you’re traveling in the first place. If it’s a business trip, the goal is to get the job done. This may take most, if not all, your waking hours. If it’s a vacation trip, the activities you have planned may take care of the need to work out. In either case, making sure you get high-quality nutrition at least once or twice a day may be all you need to concern yourself with. Winston Churchill’s advice during World War II applies: “Keep calm and carry on.”