In the past month I have done a lot of traveling. First Hawaii, then to Sunriver, OR for 4 days (where I got to meet Leslie!) followed by a weekend of camping, and I for the last few days I have been in CT visiting Ryan's family. Lots going on!
When going on vacation or traveling for
work, it can be so easy to just take time off from exercise. Sometimes that is the right thing to do.... but often I will feel so much better by getting out for some kind of workout!
Here are some of my favorite tips for working out while traveling.
Use it as a way to see the sights or explore. When we were in Hawaii,
Ryan and I ran through a park that we would never have seen if it
weren't for going on a run! It can be so much fun to explore new areas on either a run or a bike ride. It might take some planning ahead of time so you don't get lost or to plan your distance, but it is totally worth it!
2. Aim for a morning workout. While I
don't always hold true to this, it often seems much easier to get a
workout done in the morning when on vacation. Once you are sitting on
the beach it takes so much more effort to get your butt up and just
after rolling out of bed. Plus, you will feel accomplished for the rest
of the day!
3. Try to schedule a step back week. If you are
training for a big race and you know you have a trip ahead, it can be
best to build for a few weeks before leaving. Reducing mileage while you
are away can keep you from needing to find time for a few hour run. I didn't do that this week for my marathon training, but I think it can be a good practice.
4. Fit in something in the time you have. Sometimes it is best to just be flexible.
If you have 30 minutes, but at home you would have an hour, don't skip you workout! You can have a great workout in 30 minutes. Try increasing
intensity or run intervals to mix things up. Or do some strength training with body weight exercises -- there are so many options.
5. Seize the
opportunities. When we were camping a few weeks ago, we ended up going
to a lake for a day. We rented some kayaks and swam across with our
friends kayaking nearby. This ended up being a great part of everyone's
trip! If you are in a new area, it can be great to find different exercise opportunities -- biking, go on a long walk, kayak -- try out a new activity that everyone can enjoy and do together for a unique workout.
What are your best tips for getting in a workout while you are traveling?