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Five Tips to Stay Fit While Traveling

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Five Tips to Stay Fit While Traveling

Your plane tickets have been purchased and your hotel room is booked. Holiday vacation plans are made. Or are they? Did you include how, where and when you will exercise in your vacation plans?

Traveling shouldn’t be an excuse to let your fitness slide. You’ve worked hard to get where you’re at; keeping yourself fit and healthy during the holidays isn’t difficult, but it does take some effort.

Stay fit this holiday season with these fitness tips from Tonya Gutch, Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainer.

This is the first and most important step is to plan ahead. Before you head out of town, have your fitness game plan in place.

Explore your fitness options. Check ahead to see what exercise options are available to you where you will be staying. If your hotel doesn’t have an on-site gym or an agreement with a local gym for guests, search the area for jogging trails or other places you can get in some exercise. This doesn’t require thinking too far out of the box, even a local mall will do if you need an indoor spot to take a brisk walk.

Put technology to use. There are a number of apps available to help you stick to your fitness plan. For example, do a search for running or walking trails near your vacation destination. You can also use apps to help you find places to rent bikes, or do other physical activities.

Work with your trainer. Before you leave town, ask your trainer to put together a workout plan that you can do while on the road. This should include exercises that can be done inside your hotel room or at a local park. Keep in touch with your trainer while you’re via email, Skype, FaceTime etc. to connect about workouts and stay accountable.

Take every opportunity to get in a little exercise. Park at the back of the parking lot; take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator; or walk around the airport terminal to keep moving while you’re waiting on your flight.

Don’t forget body weight exercises. You don’t need to be in a gym or find a local track to perform body weight exercises. All you need is a few feet of empty space in your hotel room to get your blood flowing. These are some of Tonya’s favorites:

  • Using a basic straight back chair, stand up and sit down without using your hands. Try holding your hands out in front of you, parallel to the floor.
  • Body squats
  • Pushups
  • Plank (Watch a video demo here!)
  • Stretching—one of the best things you can do for your body while traveling, Tonya says.

Talk to your trainer ahead of time to get recommended reps and sets, or for additional exercise ideas. Keep in mind that any of the above exercises can be adjusted to your fitness level. Adjust any exercise to your fitness level.

It’s not about the quantity and volume of exercise, Tonya pointed out. It’s about the quality of your workout. If you can’t get in 30 minutes of exercise at one time, break it up into 10-minute increments throughout the day. Try to get in at least four to six days, 20 minutes per day of cardio exercise each week. Meet the minimum and stay focused on getting in quality exercise.

One final tip from Tonya: Exercise before you hit the road or get to the airport. Getting your workout in before you leave town will help keep you feeling great on your day of travel. Pack a healthy snack in your carry on bag and take time to stretch your calves, hips and lower back throughout the day.

Use these tips to be sure your holiday vacation ends with no regrets. By keeping up with exercise while you’re out of town, you’ll find it easier to get back to the gym when you get home.

Safe travels!

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Article provided by Cooper Aerobics Marketing and Communications.