Staying fit while you’re traveling can feel like a challenge.
You might be on vacation and get in “time off” mode or just can’t figure out how to keep your fitness life going when you’re out of your regular routine.
Prep with these tips before you go so you stay active and healthy while you’re on the road!
1. RESEARCH BEFOREHAND
Once you know where you’re headed, look up local studios, gyms, or classes in that area. A simple google search will do the trick!
Find your location on the map and then type a keyword like ‘yoga’, ‘pilates’, ‘gym’ or wherever you’d like to go, into the search function. Look up the studio schedule and call/email beforehand so you have an idea of which days and times they offer classes or daily memberships.
*Many studios + gyms have free trial offers or 3 for 1 deals, so take advantage of that!
2. CREATE A (FLEXIBLE) SCHEDULE
Even if you have researched beforehand, missed trains, housing reservations that can change at the last minute, and the natural spirit of travel adventure and spontaneity might create a wrench in your previously well thought out plan. Go into it knowing that you probably won’t have a reliable schedule and be flexible and able to go with the flow of changes that come up.
If that class that you researched beforehand falls through, have a backup plan in place. If you’re unable to go today, be gentle and kind with yourself. Instead of beating yourself up, do some stretches before bed and then create a new plan for tomorrow.
3. GRAB A FRIEND
Traveling with your friends/family/colleagues/partner?
Ask them to workout with you! You’ll be more likely to go if you have all your peeps involved.
Find group classes or activities so you can make new friends while you’re moving your body.
4. COMMUNICATE YOUR NEEDS
To your travel buddies:
If you ARE traveling with other people but they DON’T want to exercise with you, make sure you clearly communicate that carving out this time for movement is important to you while you’re on this trip. Ask them to support you and help you fit in fitness while you’re away.
To teachers, class instructors, or trainers:
If you have any injuries or special conditions, make sure you tell the teacher or trainer beforehand. If you’re traveling to another country with a different language, look up the essential words beforehand so you can let them know exactly what’s going on in your body.
5. PREP YOUR BAGS
Remember to pack a few exercise outfits and sneakers in your suitcase before you go.
Traveling light? Pack shirts, shorts, or sweats that could function both as active day-wear and for an hour at the gym.
Select a few pieces of equipment that aren’t hefty to carry around. A travel yoga mat goes a long way!
For larger equipment - especially if you’re in one location for an extended stay - look for places where buy used equipment or rent (surfboards, bikes, etc).
6. HAVE YOUR FAV ONLINE WORKOUT READY TO GO
As long as you have a phone, laptop, or tablet, you can really get a full body workout in anywhere with online programs!
Members of my Sparkes Wellness Workout Library program get new videos every month (plus a growing Library of over 30+ videos) that they can download or stream and do with very little equipment - all in 30 min or less.
If your class falls through or you just want to wake up and immediately workout before you start your day, have these videos prepped on your device so you can roll out of bed, do some movement, and go on with your day.
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7. TURN YOUR TOURISM ACTIVE
There are so many ways to get moving AND discover a new city! You could:
take a bike tour,
learn a new dance form native to the culture you’re visiting,
map a running route throughout the city,
find the local pool,
research a unique class in the area, or
get a surfing lesson!
What about you? Have any fitness travel tips?
How do you stay fit while you're on the road?
Leave your tips + tricks in a comment below!
To road trip squats + sun salutations,
HIYA, I'M ELYSE!
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