Summer travel is something many families and individuals look forward to all year – a chance to explore and unwind. But it can be hard to balance a rewarding travel experience with your health goals in a way that doesn’t drive your travel companions crazy. After all, you don’t want to derail a year’s worth of work! We’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks for keeping yourself fit during the travel season.
1) Keep your workouts fun. Nothing can kill the mood of a vacation like a long, grueling day of training. Opt for workouts that pack a punch but also keep it fun. Our favorite is the Deck-Of-Cards workout. Assign a movement to each suit, and when that suit comes up, do the number of movements on the card. Bonus points if you leave the Jokers in the deck and assign them a harder movement that you’ll only do once! You can either use a real deck of cards or download an app on your phone if you are traveling light. An example workout that requires no equipment is:
Diamonds: Squat Jumps
Hearts: Jumping Jacks
Joker 1: 25 Burpees
If you want to spice things up a bit, throw a jump rope in your bag. For road trips, stick a dumbbell or kettlebell in the trunk so you can get the blood flowing at the rest stops.
2) Plan your meals… If at all possible, choose accommodations that allow you to prepare your own food. Stop in at the local grocery store when you get where you’re going, and buy fresh, local ingredients that will make quick, easy and healthy meals. This will save you money on your trip, and you’ll know exactly what you’re eating!
3)…But be flexible. After all, you are on vacation! Choose a meal or two to splurge at a local restaurant. Your travel companions will thank you, and it will feel that much more special. But still, plan ahead! Scope out the menu so you know exactly what you’ll splurge on (and what you have to look forward to!). Apps like MyFitnessPal can help you stay within reasonable limits if you are trying to hit certain macros.
4) Involve your family and/or friends. Fitness is always more fun with a crowd. Do a workout that is fun for everyone to do – or better yet, take advantage of the outdoor adventures where you are traveling instead of hitting the gym for your daily workout. Go for a hike, kayak, take a bike ride, or play a game like volleyball or spikeball. You’ll still get a great workout, but may experience your vacation venue in a different way than you would if you were grinding in the gym!
5) If you’re flying solo, enlist accountability. Traveling alone can make it hard to stay motivated. Ask a friend to check in on you to make sure you’re staying on track, or even do workouts “together” from afar. Social media can be a great tool for this; utilize MyFitnessPal to track your food intake, and share your journal publicly. Take photos of your workout and post them on Instagram. Drop-in to a local gym and check-in on Facebook. The Internet can be a great accountability tool in a pinch!
Staying on track while you travel may seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Implement a few of these tricks to have a great trip while keeping your sights on your health goals!