#Motivation Monday: 7 No-Hassle Ways To Stay Fit While Traveling
Sometimes finding the motivation to work out can be difficult. When you’re traveling it can be downright impossible. Between the fun new foods to sample and the natural break in your daily routine, fitness can take a backseat. But it shouldn’t!
Keeping your health in check during travel is a great way to maximize your energy levels and keep you alert when it matters most. It also keeps your body limber and strong which will make transportation more comfortable.
Here are 7 easy work out ideas for on-the-road, hassle-free fitness:
1. Jump Rope
No longer relegated to the childhood memories of playing double-dutch in the playground, this elementary exercise tool packs a powerful punch. According to WebMD, you'd have to run an eight-minute mile to work off more calories than you'd burn jumping rope. The best part is that it is extrememly light-weight, inexpensive, and will take almost no room in your bag.
2. Water Bottles
Certianly you won't be lugging along your dumbbells or canned soup. So, in a pinch, filling up a couple of water bottles can double as weights. And after you've finished your workout, you can drink the water to rehydrate!
This growing fitness trend can take place almost anywhere and requires zero equipment. Stretching after a long flight or car ride can do wonders to revamp your cirrculation. If you're not sure what to do, or if you've never done it without an instructor, don't worry! There are thousands of free online videos that can help you through your routine. DoYogaWithMe.com has several free videos that can be filtered based on length, difficulty, or style.
4. Elementery School Stretch
Remeber back when you were in elementary school, you always did the same stretches? You put one arm across your chest and squeezed it into you with your other arm. You sat on the ground and flared our legs as wide as you could and then leaned forward. You tried to not fall over while kicking one of you legs behind you and pulling it tight to your body with your arm.
5. Take The Stairs
This one is about as easy as it gets. When you can, choose the stairs instead of the escalator or elevator. Get that blood flowing and exercise those quads! Your body will thank you.
6. Take A Walk
If you've made it through security and still have some time to spare, take a walk around the airport. Familiarize yourself with the shops and eateries inside. Take a moment to gaze at the various art installations—trust us, there are some pretty neat ones and they're there just for you. Bonus: Bringing your carry on with you is like adding a set of dumbells! Don't stop at the airport. Once you arrive at your destination, take a walk around your hotel or the nearest retail center. Not only will you be buring calories, you're more likely to adapt more quickly and feel comfortable in your new surroundings.
7. Basic, No Equipment Exercises
Last, but not least, try to remember back to all of the exercises you can think of that require zero equipment. To name a few: lunges, jumping jacks, squats, plank holds, sit ups, push ups, etc. A quick search online will render several more ideas. Pick a few that sound most interesting to you and then set aside a minimum of 5–10 minutes each day to go through your list. Getting bored with the same old exercies? Switch it up each day.
So, go ahead, have that second crêpe in Paris. Splurge a beer in Munich. Traveling enhances your life; don't let it be the reason your fitness takes a backseat. These are just a few ideas to get the ball rolling. If you're looking for a more substantial routine talk to your doctor and local health center to begin a fitness plan customized to your body and goals.
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