Let’s face it, fitting in exercise while traveling can be tough. Schedules are often jam-packed with anything but workouts, not to mention travel delays wreaking havoc on pre-made plans and generally lacking familiarity with your destination.
However, just because you’re on-the-go doesn’t mean your fitness goals need a vacation as well. We often look at exercise as a duty or a punishment, when in reality, it’s one of the best things we can do for our bodies. Traveling for pleasure? Exercise should be seen as an extension of that ‘you’ time. Traveling for business? Exercise can serve as your therapy for stress.
The benefits of exercise are countless, including increased productivity and overall happiness, and shouldn’t be lost. Whether it’s a business trip or a personal vacation, here are some tips to ensure fitness remains a priority while traveling. Don’t pass on the fries at dinner, earn them.
Take advantage of flexible fitness
Flexible fitness is a great way to try something new and get a sweat in at the same time. Peerfit gives you a variety of fitness studio options across the country under one subscription; thus, making it super easy to exercise while you travel. Plus, what’s more likely to get you to put your sneakers on: the hotel gym downstairs, or the modern cycling studio down the street?
Do your research ahead of time to see if there are any studios near your destination. You’ll be able to see real-time class offerings on-the-the go so you can quickly and easily book a class. Use this as an opportunity for you to mix up your routine with a new type of workout that you might not have in your hometown. All you need to do is show up and get your sweat in.
Put your smartphone to use
Smartphones: what would we do without them? If there isn’t a studio in the Peerfit Network near you, peel yourself away from Instagram and download an app focused on fitness and wellness.
Nowadays, there are countless apps for live stream classes, guided runs, yoga and strength-training – FORTË, SweatWorking, Aaptiv, Daily Burn, and Nike Training Club are great places to start. Whether you have access to fitness equipment or not, one of these apps is sure to have something to fit your needs.
Have an exercise snack
No time for a class? We hear you. Even if you only have 15 minutes, take a snack break – an exercise snack! Exercise snacking is the idea of breaking up your standard exercise time into 2 or 3 shorter blocks throughout the day, similar to nutritional snacking.
The key here is to do something that gets your heart rate up and doesn’t require you to use any fancy gym equipment. Pushups, lunges, jumping jacks and burpees are all effective bodyweight exercises you can incorporate into your exercise snack. Try to fit a few quick rounds in whenever you have free time — and don’t forget to have a food-based snack as well!
Travel on foot (or wheels)
If time isn’t a constraint, we always say that the best way to see a city is on your own two feet. You’d be surprised how many steps you’ll rack up by walking to and from the places you need to be. Head out on a walk or run to catch the sunrise/sunset from somewhere new (photo sharing always encouraged).
Touring a new city? Do your research and see if walking tours are offered where you’re going, or, better yet, map out your own! Many cities also have bike sharing available, allowing you to rent a bike in one spot and drop it off at another when you’re finished. These are unique, affordable and fun options that help get where you need to be while exercising as well. You won’t regret it.
Wherever you find yourself, make sure you tag @peerfit on social media and show us how you’re #peerfitting on-the-go!