You might have the best fitness routine in the world, but as soon as you take to your travels it’s all for nothing. It doesn’t matter who you are, this tends to be the trend – and today’s article is all about stopping this once and for all.
Can we teleport your favorite gym and all of your equipment with you? Unfortunately not. What we can do, is provide some actionable advice that you can take with you on the plane, that will at least allow you to work out properly the next time you head traveling.
What can you get out of the hotel?
The hotel comparison websites might tell you that your hotel in question has its own gym, but do some more research. Hotel gyms have the unfortunate habit of being, shall we say, quite small. They might have a couple of pieces of cardio equipment, and some sort of multi-gym device, but if you are serious about returning to your normal routine you can be left wanting by just relying on these so-called gyms.
As well as research (and this means finding as many photos as you can muster on the internet), you might have to get creative. Sure, all hotels aren’t created equally, but they all have equipment that can help you along your way.
For example, let’s start with the bed. The unstable nature of the mattress means that you can have a real tricky time trying to pull off push-ups, while planks aren’t easy either. As we all know, push-ups can be adjusted to be progressively more difficult, so there is plenty of potential here if you are happy to get creative.
You might have to find a local gym
Of course, you might not be satisfied with the hotel room approach. If you fall into this category, at least do some research before you travel. You might even base your hotel choice on the proximity of local gyms.
The power of the internet means that this is completely possible. Find out where the local gym is, what it offers and how much it costs. You can use this to plan your hotel bookings and ultimately, keep on top of your workout.
While you’re at it, keep an eye on local restaurants
At the same time, keep an eye on the local restaurants you will be staying near. As we all know, it’s not just your workout schedule that can be affected during your travels, it’s your diet as well. All too often we just can’t resist that greasy burger, or the other typical vacation food that crosses our eye.
If you can make yourself aware of the local restaurants, you will almost be able to plan your meals accordingly.
Another quick tip, on the subject of restaurants, is to eat slower. As soon as you pick up the pace, you’ll find that you start to overindulge. One of the best ways to overcome this is to switch hands when you eat. In other words, turn to your non-dominant hand – and watch the pace suddenly drop.
Arm yourself with the right clothing
If you turn up to your travels with nothing but flip flops and swim shorts, the chances of you hitting the workouts suddenly plummets. After all, what you are you practically going to wear?
This is a primary mistake that a lot of fitness “enthusiasts” make. Once you get there, and your budget starts to dwindle, investing in new gear just isn’t going to happen.
Similarly, make sure this gear is fitted. Even if you normally train with loose-fitting wear, the problem with this is that it can encourage you to overeat.
Your equipment matters as well
As well as taking the right clothing, you can help yourself out no-end with the right training gear. This is particularly helpful if you’ve found there’s no gym nearby, and you need to rely on your own surroundings to get by. Don’t forget to bring your fat burning supplements if you are using any. You can check out the top rated products by clicking here.
Of course, there’s only so far you can go in terms of space with your equipment. This means that you have to rely on some tried-and-tested items like TRX bands and Jungle Gym, both of which will fit into a suitcase with ease.
Not only will carrying your equipment make your workouts easier, but it will also increase the likelihood that you actually do your workouts. After all, if you are reminded by a TRX band every time you open your case, there will come a point where you stop ignoring it and actually take some action.
Your rest stops can make or break you
On your travels, we all know the perils of rest stops. These pitstops are something that can impact your body more than you realize at the time.
For example, if you stop when you are dehydrated, you are more likely to reach for a corn dog. As such, make sure that you are constantly keeping the water flowing through the days.
Next, we will move onto your body’s fuel. Complex carbohydrates are the way to go here and if you can turn to these in the morning, it will give you more than enough fuel to go on until you get to lunchtime. If you fail to do this, there’s every chance you will be munching on snacks.
A final tip surrounds juice. We all love to turn to juice on our travels, but opting for that with pulp in it will ensure that you fill up much more quickly than the alternative.
Try and stay accountable with a trainer
As we all know, as soon as you are accountable to someone your training goes up a notch. You can’t let them down, so your tolerance levels increase.
Of course, while you are traveling this is somewhat more difficult. This is where you either need to stay in touch with your trainer back home, or even just a buddy. If you can compare your results to them, and know that you have something to compete with when you return from your travels, suddenly there is an element of competition in your training and this can work wonders.
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