Whether you’re traveling for business of pleasure, one of the things that may be pushed aside is your normal exercise routine. Let’s face it- most of those “easy and portable” pieces of exercise equipment rarely make it into the suitcase, let alone on the plane or in the car. So if you’re looking for ways to keep your body moving while you’re traveling, here are a few suggestions.
Idea # 1: Go Exploring
If the weather is agreeable, going outside for a brisk walk is a great way to not only get your heart pumping, but also to get your mind active. Walking if done right is a whole body exercise, and since you’re in a new environment, it’s a great way to test out your mental facilities. Go where ever you like, but I would suggest keeping to public places, and keeping track of your time, so you can get back to the hotel when it is time.
Idea # 2: Build an Isometric Workout
One of the great things about isometric exercises is that they use your own body weight as resistance- there are no outside weights, cords or materials needed. Plus they are fairly easy to do. They can include things such as jumping jacks, abdominal crunches, lunges, squats or even stretching exercises. Plus, you can do them in the comfort of your hotel room with very little space.
Idea # 3: Take the Stairs!
Are you in a high-rise hotel, or even a two story hostel? Take the stairs instead of the elevator. You don’t have to do anything fancy like taking two at a time, but you’ll be amazed at how much you can accomplish with making this simple choice.
Idea # 4: Find a Park or a Playground
Depending on where you are, and the weather, another option for a great workout is the local park or recreational area. Think the only thing you can do there is walk around and enjoy the sights? Think again. With a little imagination you can turn a sturdy tree branch into a chin up bar, a jungle gym into a dynamic stretching exercise machine, and a park bench into a great upper body workout. If you’re not afraid of getting a few strange looks from time to time, about the only limits you have are your imagination and the legality of your actions.
Idea # 5: Find Balance on Your Bed
What is the one thing that is constant in your hotel room, where ever you go? The only thing that fits that criteria is the bed. While it’s a great place to sleep, it can be also a great place to practice various balance exercises. If you’re a beginner sit on the edge of the bed while your watching television and lift your legs up one at a time, making sure to keep your back and shoulders in alignment. The shifting nature of the bed will force your core to engage to keep you from shifting from side to side. You can add your arms in as well for more of a challenge. When you feel more sure of your body, consider standing on the bed and doing various stretching exercises. You’d be surprised at how much more of a workout you can get when the surface beneath you is softly shifting.
These are just a few ideas- can you think of any more?
Laura Seeber is a geologist, environmental professional, writer, and outdoor and nature enthusiast. Born just outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Laura has spent the majority of her life hiking through the forest, descending into caves, climbing over boulders and up cliffs, navigating river rapids, and writing and blogging about her adventures. She currently resides in Illinois and travels country in search of the next great outdoor activity or adventure.