It can be very frustrating for some to have their training and eating plan disrupted when they travel. But with a proactive approach and a flexible mindset, vacation and travel can be an opportunity to explore new types of training, deepen your commitment to your health, and boost your self-confidence.
So before you hit the road, here are a few things to look into:
1. Is there a gym where you are staying or nearby that you have access to? Some hotels that I have stayed in have amazing facilities, whereas others have had none but have a relationship with a nearby club that their guests have access to.
2. Are you staying close to a place you can run or walk, and is it safe? I do like to run if I have time, but I always check in with the front desk to see if they have running maps of the area and if it is safe. Once when in Vegas for a conference, the front desk advised me to “go right, don’t go left that’s a bad area.” During the summer before last, we were staying at a VRBO in San Diego in a very nice neighborhood, and I was running every other day. One of my son’s teammates lived nearby, and when he came to get my son to go hang out he said, “You guys are like five blocks from the ghetto.” Good thing I didn’t turn left!
3. Are there excursions or tours that you can do that are more active? Plan some hikes, snorkeling, or bike tours, not just Mai Tai cruises and poolside people watching.
Regardless of whether or not there is a gym available, you can get a quality workout session with what you bring with you. Honestly, I never use the hotel gym or area club, all I need is my body. It is nice to have a yoga mat and I always have my iPhone and iPad mini. By packing a yoga mat, resistive tubing, and even a jump rope, your options are endless. If you are driving, you could throw in one 5, 8, or 10 pound dumbbell and you would be set for weeks of quality training. I have adjustable dumbbells that range from 5 – 25 pounds that I have been known to throw in the Rav4 for our longer trips.
With the help of technology it’s much easier to hold the course and not miss a beat with your workouts. My clients and I stream our workouts, and have an app available where we can download up to seven of our workouts. So even when we don’t have access to the internet, we maintain a routine.
Pack your running and/or walking shoes. According to a Reebok study, 67 percent of the people surveyed left something else out of their suitcase to fit their running shoes. If running or walking isn’t your thing, think of it as exploring your area; I’ll come back from a morning run with a list of things we need to go explore. My family loves it! In fact, they have nicknamed me “GPS,” because I know all the places we need to check out, including the cute clothing stores for my daughter, the yummy ethnic food place for my son, and the ice cream parlor for my husband.
My tips have really been “all about you” but you really need to think about your family and their health as well. A recent report by the CDC states children are more likely to gain weight in the summer. This makes complete sense, since they are much more sedentary with longer hours of video games, more Snapchatting with their friends (so they don’t even have to get off the couch to “hang out” with friends) and they are able to eat throughout the day. So make exercise and attention to nutritious foods part of your family vacations. We all want to indulge on vacation, and we have every right to do so, but gluttony, guilt, and a gut don’t have to be our souvenirs.
Ultimately, you need to take ownership of your wellness, and where there’s a will, there’s a way. With the proper planning and the right mindset, you will stay right on track with your fitness. Embrace the opportunity to try some new things, or if you’re someone who trains at high levels consistently, then use this time to give your body a break from the routine, and do more restorative training sessions.
By KELLY AMOS