Okay, I’m not necessarily an expert in this area, but I’ve had A LOT of practice in it lately! LOL In the last 14 days I’ve been in 4 hotels overnight. Two trips were due to Beachbody events and two trips were due to 4-H events. I’m a 4-H leader and our daughters are pretty involved in the program and were chosen to go to the Iowa State Fair to participate in a couple of communication events. So, that means mom drives! And, it’s far enough away that it’s just safer if we book a hotel room and make it a 2 day trip - don’t need an accident due to sleep deprivation!
So, with all of this traveling, I’ve come up with a few pointers and tips for all of us weary travelers who still want to stay on track with our fitness goals. These may not all work for you, but some may. The point is: you can do this, even if you’re traveling.
1. Get a hotel with a good gym and pool. I say “good” because hotel fitness rooms vary in quality. We stayed in one a week ago where I wouldn’t even touch the machines in there because of how dirty they were. And a good fitness room doesn’t have to include everything that your fitness center at home has... it just has to be useable. I normally look for a treadmill and an elliptical. Either of those 2 will give me a great cardio workout and leg stretch after a long day of being cramped up in a car. I try to get on one of those for 20 - 60 minutes, depending on time allowances, to really work the kinks out. Afterwards, jump in the pool for a nice cool down (I’d suggest changing into your suit first!) and then hit the hot tub!
2. Bring your gym with you. If you can’t book a hotel with a decent fitness room, or you find that the fitness room there isn’t up to your specs, have yours in your suitcase! Just throw in a resistance band / tube and you’re good to go. You can make up your own upper body workout with any band (bicep curls, tricep extensions, lateral raises, overhead raises, lawn mowers, etc. Not to mention all of the lower body workouts (squats, one legged lifts - find a chair for this one, lunges, calf raises, yoga, etc) you can do without any equipment at all while watching a movie in the hotel room.
3. Bring your workouts along. If you’re not very creative at making your own workout routine, bring a dvd or 2 along. I have this sweet little mini dvd player that takes up very little room in my suitcase. This is the kind that you’d normally buy to keep your kids quiet with a movie on the journey. I bring a little selection of dvds along so I have options and my resistance band. I normally pack workouts that don’t take much space to do since a hotel room isn’t that spacious most of the time. For example, the Turbo Fire HIIT workouts can normally be done in a small space if you’re careful, but I wouldn’t suggest the Turbo Jams (more traveling and kicking with these). Just about any sculpting workouts can be done in that space using the band. If you’re sharing the room with someone else, like a spouse or child, you can actually have your dvd sitting on a table or bed playing for you to follow along with (possibly muted) while you both watch something on the hotel tv (real multitasking at it’s best!)
4. Hook up to the big screen! Yes, that’s right! If you have the above mentioned mini dvd player, you probably have the AV cords that go with it. At this point, just hook your mini player up to the hotel room tv and you have Tony, Chalene, or whoever, right in your face! Just like at home! These connections are normally on the front of the tvs these days (red, white, yellow plug ins) or they may still be in the back of the tv, depending on the make & model.
Any of these suggestions can help you stay on track with your fitness goals. Just because you’re traveling, you don’t have to give up and let your workouts get sidetracked. If you’ve made it a lifestyle change, then you can find ways to adapt, even when traveling.
Aside from the normal clothing changes (they are there, just hidden in the pile), here’s what’s in my overnight case for working out: swimsuit, workout bra (sorry guys but it’s a necessity!), gym shoes, HRM, water bottle, protein bar for after the workout, Sony mini DVD player (with plug-in for recharging the battery, remote, and AV cords for plugging into the tv), selection of workout dvds, and the resistance band. This all takes up very little real estate in my suitcase and is definitely worth the little planning it takes to bring along!
Hope this helps someone stay on track!