The 5 Best Travel Workouts
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It’s one of the most ironic and unspoken aspects of running a health or wellness business — although the majority of our lives are dedicated to helping clients achieve their fitness and wellness goals, business obligations often prevent us from reaching our own. Staying healthy can become an even bigger challenge when our business calls for consistent travel.
Whether you’re attending client meetings, networking events, or conferences, sticking to a regular fitness routine is possible. Here are five of the best travel workout tips to help you stay in top physical condition, even when you’re on the road.
Pack Your Yoga Mat
Yoga can be one of the best travel workouts for business owners on the road. Considering the limited equipment and space necessary to practice yoga, you can take this exercise routine virtually anywhere. If you’re looking to sweat, opt for a challenging vinyasa routine that increases your heart rate and builds muscles. Tack on a meditation at the end of your practice to find clarity and focus for that big client meeting.
Get Outside and Explore
Make the most of your travel time by getting to know each location by foot. Whether you choose to walk, run, or some combination of both, you’re bound to get your body working. Varying your speed and intensity through run/walk interval training can take things to the next level. You can even use the MapMyWalk app to plan your perfect path, complete with the best local scenery, ahead of time.
Use the Hotel Fitness Center
You don’t need a ton of equipment to work up a sweat. In fact, some of the best travel workouts don’t require any equipment. Keep it simple with a warm-up, cardio routine, strength training, cooldown, and stretch. Leverage the free weights or machines where you can or opt for bodyweight exercise. Here’s an on-the-go workout routine that will get the job done, no matter where you are.
- Plank-Ups: Start in a plank position with your hands under your shoulders. Engage your entire body and slowly lower your right forearm to the floor, then your left. Hold for a breath and then press back up to your starting position.
- Mountain Climber Push-Ups: Start in plank position with your hands under your shoulders. Use your core to pull your right knee to your chest and extend it back, immediately pull your left knee into the chest and extend it back. Do a pushup with your elbows tight by your sides. Continue. 8 to 10 reps each side
- Bird-Dog Push-Up: Challenge your balance and core strength with this pose. Start with a push-up, then extend your right arm in front of you and your left leg behind you. Hold this position for one going. Then repeat on the other side. 8 to 10 reps
- Transverse Lunge Ground to Standing: Get your heart rate pumping with this move. Start in a standing position. Lunge your left leg behind you at a 45-degree angle, placing your left hand on the floor. Keeping your right knee bent, extend the left leg straight, lying face down on the floor. Use your core strength to reverse the motion back to your starting position. 8 to 10 reps each side
- Bulgarian Split Squat: Time to fire up your glutes! Stand in front of a chair, bench, etc. with feet hip-width apart. Hands on hips or in fists under the chin. Place your right foot on top of the chair behind you, squat down low but keep your chest and chin lifted. Do your best to tap your right knee to the floor. Push through your heel to return to your starting position. 8 to 10 reps
- Skater Burpee: Start standing on your left foot. Jump to the right, landing on your right foot with your left in the air. Drop to your hands and jump your right leg back to plank, still floating your left foot in the air. Stand up on your right foot and then repeat on the other side. 8 to 10 reps
Leverage Your Resources
If you own a health or wellness business, there’s a good chance you’re connected to other business owners in your space. Before you travel, reach out to any local contacts and ask for their recommendation on where to exercise. Booking a class will give you a chance to explore the local fitness scene and maybe even open up new business opportunities. Here are some additional ideas to help you stay active while traveling for business.
Regardless of the travel fitness regime you choose, remember that your health is a top priority, even when you’re on the road. Eat whole foods when you can and drink plenty of water. If you’re looking for an ideal way to recover after your travel workouts, use our cryosauna locator to get in touch with one of our awesome partners.