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How to Stay In Shape While Traveling

December 23, 2016
how to stay in shape while traveling

Staying in shape while traveling can be tough. Airports aren’t stocked with the healthiest options, there’s so much great food to try around the world, and hotel gyms are usually lacking. I try to hike, run, kayak, and other outdoor activities as much as possible, and I walk everywhere when visiting a new city. Sometimes I do workout videos in my hotel room too. If you travel often within the US, a membership at CorePower Yoga, Pure Barre, or other fitness studios with locations across the country is a great option.

If you’ve been following my 30-days of yoga adventure with CorePower, you’ll have heard this before. By the way, my last seven days just wrapped up and I’m feeling great! I did not make it every day for 30 days as I intended but work/life happens, and going as much as possible helped me feel more flexible, stronger, and alleviated some of the stress that comes with end of the year work deadlines and preparing for the holidays. (I literally started Christmas shopping two days ago). The heated classes also help with freezing Chicago weather!

As we’re about to head into a hectic holiday week where finding time to workout amid family, friends, and festivities is especially difficult, I talked with Katelyn DiGiorgio, Pure Barre’s Director of Training & Quality Assurance about her favorite tips for staying in shape on the road.

How important is it to find time to fit in a workout while traveling?

Strength and cardio loss can happen in as little as two weeks, depending on how active you are. We are creatures of habit and maintaining regular weekly workout routines helps us stay dedicated and motivated. Travel time, meetings and activities tend to become hurdles in the way of fitting in a regular workout, but even a little can go a long way. Plan ahead for exercises and activities that also give you the chance to explore a new city, meet new people and ensure you stay on track with your fitness goals at the same time!

Do you have any go-to moves for travelers (things that are either fast, relieve pain from airplanes, relieve stress, etc)?

Core strength and back strength are critically important in building good posture, which tends to be compromised while sitting for extended hours in airports and on airplanes often causing back pain. Exercises like planks and push-ups are great for strengthening those areas and can be done anywhere from the airport to your hotel room. Here is a quick sequence you could try:

Forearm Plank

o Alternate bending knees – 30 seconds

o Isometric hold – 30 seconds

o Alternate shifting weight slightly forward and back – 30 seconds

o Barrel Crawl, alternate pressing up to hands then coming back down to forearms as you

stay on the toes – 20 seconds

o Hold in full body push-up position, complete 10 slow, 4-count push push-ups

What should I pack to help me stay in shape on the road? 

Before your trip, research the hotel or nearby fitness facilities to help decide what you need. Trying a Pure Barre class or a yoga class in the area can help you pack lightly because don’t require any footwear and are excellent for strength and length training. All you need is exercise clothing! If attending a class might not be available or fit in your schedule, bring headphones, athletic shoes and set a plan to visit the hotel gym or find a scenic trail nearby to jog along.

Don’t forget to pack a few healthy snacks such as almonds or bars. Travel often results in a break in our fitness routine, but can also lead to a break in our healthy eating habits when the convenient choices in airports or hotels aren’t always the best options.

Any other travel fitness tips or tricks you would like to share? 

1. Before you leave your sticky socks at home, check to see if you will be traveling near one of the 400+ Pure Barre studios across the US and Canada.

2. Wear athletic shoes in the airport, put on your headphones, and pick up your pace as you trek to your gate.

3. Consider streaming workout classes, or try a YouTube workout.

4. Bring your workout with you wherever you go–even if you can only take a walk around the city, that still counts as a workout.

What do you do to stay in shape while traveling? Do you do anything special you want to share? Let me know in the comments!

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