Exercising while on the road is definitely a challenge for many people. Everything from deciding whether or not to pack running shoes to finding time in your travels to break a sweat can cause many people to say, “forget about it.”
While your travels may be a time for a break in routine, don’t let that be an excuse to skip a workout. With so many easy and fun ways to explore a new destination while burning a few extra calories, you won’t even feel like you’re exercising!
- It’s no secret that airplane air is drier than desert surrounding Dubai (With a relative humidity of less than 10 percent, the cabin is twice as arid as the Sahara Desert). What I only just learned recently is that breathing dry air can turn you into a blimp. Dehydration due to airline air can cause major fatigue, and fatigue gives you a reason to eat. Solve the problem: Start drinking and flying Keep your appetite in check with a solid liquidation plan. Drink 8 ounces of water before your flight. More important, drink a glass of water for every hours you’ll be in the air.
- Walk. Get away from the cab stand, and do not even think about using Uber. Just walk and explore. If a city has bicycles (Paris and New York are great examples) rent a bike for a day or a few hours if you need to go a bit further. Walking and cycling are much better ways to learn and explore any new location than riding in a car. When we travel, we find that we walk 5+ miles per day with ease and without realizing it. Even kids somehow manage to walk much further during vacations.
- Take the stairs. On our most recent family trip to Paris we stayed in an apartment on the 4th floor. There was an elevator but we made it a game to see who could run the stairs the fastest. If you need to fit in some exercise, find some stairs and just briskly walk them up and down for a half hour.
- If you are boozing, you are probably losing. Unfortunately sometimes the only thing you can find cold and cheap is beer. I say drink the beer but in very small doses.
- Eat like a local. In many countries the portions are smaller and you simply eat less frequently than you do in America or much of the Westernized world. Find street stalls, eat when locals eat and try to eat what they eat.
- Make working out a priority. There is always 30 minutes available to get in a quick workout. At the bottom of the post
- I am not a big fan of yoga, but it is practiced by millions of people around the world. I have been told that Lululemon (of sheer yoga pants fame) has a great app called Om Finder that lets you find a yoga studio wherever you are in the world.
- Lastly, use your body to workout. If you can manage to do the entire workout below it is a great routine that will keep you fit and only use a small amount of time. Super LIMITED Bonus: You don’t even have to leave your room! Work your way through the following exercises with reps of 25-20-15-10 for each exercise as fast as you can (Video examples are included).