Staying fit while traveling is no slim feat. Just having time to stay in shape, let alone having the facilities to do so, can be a hard ask. But it is possible to stay in shape when you’re on the road. Here is my guide on how to keep fit when you travel.
1 – DO 4 MINUTES OF PLANKING EVERY DAY
Having a strong core benefits your entire body in ways you might not expect – your immune system improves, your metabolism increases, your posture gets better, you’ll be more flexible, more balanced, and even your overall mood will get a boost. From a travel perspective, the best thing about planking is that you can do it literally anywhere. A hotel room, a beach, even a tent – all you need is a flat surface. Get to sixty seconds comfortably, and when you get to a point where you feel anything less than dead when that timer sounds, add another 30 seconds to keep increasing your time. Aim for four minutes per day minimum. It’ll mean benefits all round.
2 – PACK A RESISTANCE BAND
A resistance band is cheap, lightweight, takes up barely any space, and allows you to do all manner of strength and toning exercises. It’s a dumbbell replacement, a rowing machine, and a lot more. You can strengthen pretty much every part of your body, and you can do it anywhere you go.
3 – AB EXERCISES WHENEVER YOU’RE SAT DOWN
Whether you’re traveling on a bus, a plane or even in a cab, seated ab workouts (literally raising your legs up and down while seated, ensuring your abs are engaged) are simple and effective, and a great way to make use of time that’d be otherwise spent doing nothing much.
4 – LUNGE WALK UP STAIRS
Screw the lift! Take the stairs, and lunge up each step for a simple and effective leg workout.
5 – AVOID PROCESSED FOOD, FULL STOP
Processed foods are bad for you in every single way. And they’re addictive too. Just avoid them full stop. There is nothing more to say on the matter. Just don’t put it in your body.
6 – 1 BEER = 1 MINUTE PLANK
Having a beer, glass of wine or cocktail while traveling is going to happen. Saying “no booze at all” certainly isn’t a realistic goal for me. Instead, for every beer I have, the following day I’ll do an extra one minute of planking. A simple and easy way to incentivise drinking less and improving the planking time. Make it more likely to happen by informing your other half/traveling companion(s) of your intentions, and then regret doing so when they revel in your misery when you’re doing several minutes of planks the day after the night before. But you’ll look hot, and they won’t. So it’ll be well worth it.
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