Even with the best of intentions, it’s not always easy to stay fit while traveling. The disruption in sleep, meal prepping, and day-to-day routines can all add up to fitness catastrophe. However, fitness while on the road is not impossible. Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, you can maintain your workout regimen by following these simple tips.
A Change in Altitude May Require a Change in Attitude
If you are traveling to somewhere mountainous such as Colorado from somewhere relatively low in elevation, prepare yourself for an oxygen shock. You are not suddenly weaker for having traveled—there is just less oxygen in the air. You may notice you become winded from simple tasks such as going up a flight of stairs. If you are an avid runner, you may have to cut your run short or it may take you much longer to complete a typical distance.
If you are traveling to extremely high altitudes of 8000 feet or greater, you should allow yourself an acclimation period to adjust to the change. Some people experience altitude sickness at such great heights. Some of the most common symptoms include nausea, headache, vomiting, and fatigue. Another thing to consider is your proximity to the sun. Being several thousand feet closer to UV rays means you will need to increase your sunscreen use to avoid a sunburn.
Lean on Your Bodyweight
Traveling is not conducive to exercise routines that rely on a lot of heavy equipment. Unless you intend to travel with multiple sets of weights, jump ropes, and various other workout gear, your bodyweight will be your best workout tool. Relying on your bodyweight also allows you to work out in the comfort of your own hotel room, in the great outdoors, or anywhere that has enough space for you to move around unimpeded.
What you lack in free weights you can make up for in repetitions. For example, if you usually perform three sets of 15 weighted squats, increase this to three sets of 30 bodyweight squats or six reps of 20 bodyweight squats. Play with the number of reps and sets until you find a combination that works for you. Other examples of bodyweight exercises you can do include lunges, push-ups, burpees, and any variations of these exercises.
Train Like a Local—Check Your Apps
Prior to smartphone apps that track running routes, travelers had to rely on hotel staff to recommend where to go. Now, apps like MapMyRun allow anyone to view local routes. You can even customize what you want out of your run—distance, elevation change, and more. An added benefit of using local routes is they are likely safe. Locals will not want to run in areas they know to be less than desirable, so relying on apps can provide peace of mind as well.
Hotel Gyms are Not Always Great Options
Many hotels boast of possessing gyms and offer it as a free amenity to their guests. However, while almost half of the guests indicate they will use the gym, less than a quarter of them actually follow through. Some of them might have a case of the traveling doldrums, but this statistic may point to a bigger issue. Many hotels lack the kind of equipment seasoned athletes want and need. Most hotel gyms contain treadmills, ellipticals, and universal machines. What is more, many hotels do not properly maintain their equipment. It is not so much an issue of laziness as it is impracticality. With so few guests using the gym, it is not cost-effective to upgrade equipment on a regular basis.
If you are traveling around the Northern Virginia area, and you are looking for a great place to work out, consider stopping by LoCoFit Leesburg. Our facility provides everything you will need to experience a superior workout. Drop-ins are welcome, and we can discuss your current exercise regimen to determine which classes would work best for you. We also offer open gym hours as well. To learn more, schedule a No Sweat Consultation today.