Working it Out
As someone who travels to teach at least once a month, I can tell you that all the restaurant food and interruption to my typical routine can take its toll. Not having access to my local gym and the pool puts me off my game. I have figured out how to make fitness on the road work however, and I thought sharing my experience might motivate you to get moving!
I love to inspire others.
Travel Tip, I have an extra set of earbuds that I leave in my suitcase just for working out on the road. This way I always have them with me, because running/walking/weight lifting without music is very difficult. No excuses!
Running / Walking
One of the easiest things to do nearly anywhere you go is to run or walk. These days a good pair of running shoes weighs a matter of ounces, so adding them in probably ins’t going to tip the scales at the Delta check in counter.
Travel Tip, pack a fabric shoe bag that you can store your dirty runners in your suitcase. Laundering and reusing the shoe bag makes you a better citizen.
When you get outside your hotel room, chances are you will see some interesting scenery. Running/walking is a great way to explore, and what’s better than getting some fresh air and vitamin D? Admittedly, some destinations are more interesting than others. For example, I don’t love running in downtown Atlanta, due to all the traffic and crosswalks. When I visit Atlanta or any other busy city I usually get a guest pass at LA Fitness and run/walk on their treadmills. It’s a bit of a gerbil wheel but it sure beats fighting traffic or getting rained on.
This week I am in Sedona, AZ where the red rock views are 360º and you can’t go wrong in any direction. Above is a vista from my run up Jordan Rd, right off 89A in the heart of Uptown. I ran out of the hotel, past the hustle and bustle, and was on this road in a matter of five minutes. Spectacular way to start the day.
Since it’s not a good idea to run every day, I like to mix it up by alternating the workout room in between. I find that it’s not typical for hotel fitness centers to offer free weights, which is what I like best. I’m not sure if they think people are going to throw them out the window, or drop them on their toes…. but Im sure nobody is stealing them. At least not me, my suitcase was already overweight by six pounds.
Story of my life.
Every now and then I do get lucky with the hotel free weights, but most places have an all-in-one type of machine that you can get creative with, pulling weight stacks. You can also resist you own body weight via squats, push-ups, sit-ups, etc.
Travel Tip, pack an empty water bottle in your luggage. Drinking water is always good for you, not just when you are at the gym. If you have water on hand, you are more likely to drink it than if you leave yourself to seek it out. My goal is to finish 32-oz during the workout and then another during the day.
Just Keep Swimming
Hotel pools are often small, but every now and then I am surprised. Most times I have to swim my laps diagonally across the pool in order to get any distance. Mixing up that walk/run/weight lifting with some water resistance is always a good idea. Give your feet a break and try treading water for a few minutes. You can make this more challenging by holding your hands over your head, out of the water. I swim with a masters program in Orlando and often times I will bring my pull buoy in my suitcase if I know ahead of time that the pool is large enough for serious laps (check the website or call ahead). The pull buoy weighs nothing allows me to focus on my arms, back, and shoulders– after a long run, focusing on upper body is a welcome change.
Don’t forget your goggles!
Travel Tip, pack a one gallon zip top freezer bag to put your swim suit in for the return trip, a great way to keep the moisture and chlorine separate from the contents of your suitcase.
Sometimes it’s hard to get motivated to get your exercise on the road. My best tip is to do it in the morning, before you open your lap top or get into any other distracting activity. Set an alarm, get up, get out, and go.
This morning I have not taken my own advice, I have opened my lap top before I hit the weight room. I’m going to rectify that right now.
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