We all encounter this dilemma every couple months or so. You’re way into your daily fitness routine and suddenly, you find yourself packing for a week-long trip to Europe where the most calorie burning activity you’re going to engage in is walking for hours on end as a tourist. You forget the workouts that you have been religiously following back home, and the worst part is, you become lazier than a sloth trying to jump back into it when you land in DXB. How do we overcome this?
The key to maintaining the rhythm is to never stop, wherever you are. Of course, you won’t be able to dedicate as much as time or as many days to exercise when you’re traveling, but you can always find ways to workout more than your feet. We have become over reliant to gym facilities that we forget, our body weight is enough get a good burn. Here are five tips to make sure you’re still on top of your fitness game, wherever you are in the world.
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1.) Spot the hotel gym
Before you even decide on a hotel to stay in, make sure that the on you’re looking at has a fitness club housed within the property. European hotels usually suck in this department – even some five-star brands – so it pays to perform a bit of due diligence before hitting that book button. You won’t have a problem with Asian ones though, those have proper fitness centers that Arnold could work out in.
2.) Do some calisthenics
Booked an apartment through airbnb? You’re going to have to be a bit more creative trying to stay fit here. Look for a playground nearby, and do some calisthenic exercises. Don’t hog it while the kids watch wondering what you’re doing with their monkey bars, though. For people who don’t do it a lot, it can do quite the damage on your muscles, which is really addictive!
3.) Beat the cold, train indoors
No hotel gym, no park and no sun? Sometimes it can be impractical to work out outdoors due to the extreme cold – it’s not fun when you’re already half an hour into it and you still haven’t sweat a drop – so it’s better to move the action indoors. Push-ups, crunches, squats, handstand push-ups, lunges and pull-ups, these will do as a temporary arrangement to maintain muscle tone.
Cardio is an important part of any training program, so don’t forget this bit while you’re away. Just run in any direction and let yourself wander off to unexplored places – you’re burning calories while discovering new sights that you might not have come across had you been sitting on your ass on the couch.
5.) Don’t forget your diet
Traveling does not give you a week-long pass to binge on whatever foreign treats you can get your mitts on. Depending on what kind of person you are, of course you’re bound to try exotic food, but you can also get the healthy stuff that you eat on a daily basis at home. A visit to the supermarket is all you need to carry on with your meal prep; it could also save you a ton of cash. Keep it to one lunch or dinner out a day and you’ll be fine.