• By: Keith Whittier

Travel the Fit Way

Whether you’re hitting the road for business or pleasure, staying fit while travelling can be a challenge.

Living out of a suitcase in an unfamiliar location with a packed itinerary, plans to squeeze in a workout can quickly fall to the wayside.

But don’t give up hope; the secret to success is travelling prepared!

Forgo feeling out of whack when you return home. Continue to stay active with these quick and easy work-out tips.

With the holidays rapidly approaching, now is a great time to start thinking about incorporating exercise into your travels!

Scope Out the Fitness Scene

travel5One of the great things about travelling is the opportunity to immerse yourself in a new place. Before you go, do some research on the local fitness scene. Is there a trendy workout you’ve been dying to try? Take advantage of the opportunity to try it out somewhere new! Check out deals on fitness classes during your stay or call around to see if they’re offering one-time deals for first timers.

Sightsee by Foot

Walking around a new place is a great way to get acquainted with the area. Whenever possible, skip the bus or cab and go by foot. Walking is a free and easy way to stay active on-the-go. You never know what you’ll come across, and isn’t that all part of the fun of travelling?

Wake Up Early

Travelling on business and have a tight schedule? Don’t plan to workout after a long day. If you’re anything like me, room service in bed wearing one of those hotel bathrobes will win out every time. Lay out your workout clothes the night before and set the alarm an hour early. Give yourself sufficient time to workout before the day officially starts.

Take Advantage of Technology 

travel2There are a wide variety of online fitness classes you can do in your hotel room. Load your laptop or tablet with equipment-free, in-room workout videos. Whether you prefer a fast-paced HIIT workout to get you going or a strengthening yoga routine, download your workouts in advance! Apps are another awesome resource. Check out the array of apps you can download on your smartphone that offer a mix of cardio and strength-training routines to do when you are short on time, ideas and equipment.

Pack The Right Gear

Bringing portable and lightweight equipment with you can be a great motivator while you’re on the road. Here are my top picks:

Jump Rope

Something as simple as a jump rope is a great tool for working out on-the-go. It will easily fit into your suitcase and can be transported anywhere. Jumping rope challenges your whole body, sculpting lean legs, strong abs and blasting your heart rate.

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Hotel room floors are generally not well suited for fitness. These Knee Donuts from Do or Die Fitness are great for providing cushioning and structural support for the knees while in a weight-bearing position. If you find yourself suffering with knee-pain during your workouts, these are a great investment. Perfect for yoga, Pilates and strength-training.

Resistance Band

They may be small, but resistance bands pack a serious punch. Cost-effective and great for travelling, they can be adjusted for your personal fitness level. Resistance bands can be used for full-body workouts that challenge every major muscle group. The best part? Their simplicity. You can do familiar moves like bicep curls and tricep extensions. No fuss, no complication.

Wherever you may be heading, plan ahead for an active trip!

Good luck, Ottawa Lifers!