As I’m gearing up to head to Summit, Beachbody’s largest annual event, I figured now was the perfect time to share a few tips on how to stay on track with your fitness while traveling. Plus, I got some great suggestions from my sister-in-law who literally has it all down to a science! So, the next time your headed on trip for business or leisure, don’t right it off as a complete wash for your health and fitness plan! Follow these tips, and you won’t miss a beat!
1. Plan Ahead
Planning ahead and prepping a few things to take with you is key. Especially if you are traveling by car, you can prep meals to take along with you. A simple cooler with ice packs will work, but if you travel often, a meal management system is worth the investment. Most are designed six pack bags that facilitate both meals and liquids. Having enough space for several large bottles of water/liquid for shakes as well as several meals is awesome for traveling! (Also, keep in mind that you can fly with prepacked meals just no liquids!)
2. Stay Hydrated
Whether traveling by car or plane, you can get dehydrated very easily. Be sure to plan for how you’ll get enough water in throughout the trip. If you’re flying, take an empty bottle so you can fill it in one of the refill stations. (You’ll save a ton compared to buying water or food for that matter at the airport.) If traveling by car, take several bottles already filled with you.
3. Make Appropriate Accommodations
Your accommodations can make a big difference in helping you stay on track as well. If you’ll be staying in a hotel, try to locate one with suite-style rooms. (One of our personal favorites is Home2 by Hilton!) If you cannot locate a suite option, then at the very least call ahead to where you’ll be staying to request a room with a fridge and a microwave. If you make the request ahead of time, you can often get the upgrade at no additional cost.
4. Locate a Gym
Most hotels today either partner with a local gym or have a small gym area with a DVD player on site. As you arrange your accommodations be sure to ask what your options will be so you’ll know what to take with you. Consider taking a couple workout DVDs with you, or rely on one of your favorite apps or websites, like Beachbody on Demand.
5. Take a Bag
A reusable bag comes in really handy for groceries and other take along items you’ll need. Be sure to map out where the closest grocery is, and if it’s within walking distance, take your bag and walk to pick up a few groceries. It’s a great workout!
6. Keep It Simple
When considering meal options, focus on keeping it simple and finding options that are easy to prep. Things like oatmeal or eggs can easily be made in the microwave. Also, fruits, wraps/tortillas, salad mix, precooked chicken, tuna, avocado, hummus, carrots, and sweet potatoes are great options. Also, if you’re close to one, places like Whole Foods often have “food bars” where you can pick up hot and cold foods. Consider picking up some extra silverware/plasticware at these locations too. Buying and prepping your own food definitely helps save money, and you know exactly what you are getting.
7. Prepack Shakes
Protein/nutritional shakes are a great way to stay on track while you’re traveling as well. Save space by choosing prepackaged Shakeology or doing it yourself with small Ziploc bags. Store the powder in your favorite shake bottle to make the most of your space and make sure you don’t forget the bottle.
8. Pack Workout Clothes Instead of Jammies
Instead of packing jammies, just pack a few pairs of your favorite gym clothes. Comfy pants and shirts are the best to workout in any way. And, if you sleep in your workout clothes, you have no excuse to skip the workout in the morning. Don’t forget your shoes, headphones, and game face either!
9. Explore the Area
Walking or running is a great way to get a workout in and get to see a little more of the area you are visiting. Apps like Google maps are great for getting a feel for your route, and you can use the “walk option” to calculate time, etc.
10. Remember Reciprocal Memberships
If you happen to belong to a YMCA or another gym, check to see if your membership offers reciprocal memberships. most YMCAs reciprocate for at least 5 days, but be sure to take your card with you as it has your “away” number.
The next time you think that your travel plans have to trump your fitness program, think again! Follow these tips and stay on track with your health and fitness plan no matter where you are.