Working out while traveling can be one of the most difficult things to do. If you’re like me you find that it is a necessity in your life, you know how frustrating it can be when the unconventional logistics of being away from home interfere with or prevent you from working out entirely. When I am home I try to work out between 5 and 6 days a week. When traveling, however, that amount tends to get cut in half, if not eliminated entirely for stretches of time.
Recently while traveling on a more long-term basis, I have really made an effort to iron out how to make the most of what you have while traveling when it comes to an exercise routine. While I know from experience how annoying it can be I have found it is possible to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle while traveling without having to forfeit a work out on location.
1. Checking for Local Gyms:
After I land and get settled in my new location, one of the first things that I do is to ask if there is a local gym in the area. Fair warning: depending on where you’re traveling they might look at you like you have three heads in response to this question. Nevertheless it still doesn’t hurt to ask and more times than not there is a gym or similar facility in the area I am staying. It is much easier to maintain a regular workout at the gym even if the space is not what you’re used to or doesn’t have much equipment.
If the area you are staying in does have a gym, there are a couple of options that you can choose depending on how long you’re staying. Usually, you have the option of:
One day free trial
One day pass
One week pass
One month pass
Some can range in price, especially depending on how big of a tourist attraction the location is. For example, when I was searching around Marrakech for a gym, I did find several options but most were way too expensive for my budget. Then when I came to Delhi, many more options at a much cheaper rate. You never know what you’re going to find so it’s worth asking around. I find it easier to look around once I get to a location because I can ask locals where they go and how much they pay.
2. Staying in a Hotel with a Gym:
If you really don’t want to miss out on a workout and think local options will be limited, the easiest solution is to fork over a little extra money for a hotel with workout facilities included. Even if you prefer to book an Airbnb, you can often find options that offer a small fitness area. It is not as common to find this in an Airbnb as it is in a hotel but it is definitely possible – just do your research! These hotels may cost a little bit more but if you really want to be sure that you have the opportunity to work out it may be worth spending the extra money.
3. Using Your New Location As A Gym:
I know for many of us it can be uncomfortable and even embarrassing to work out outside in public, especially in a new and unfamiliar culture where it is uncommon to see people going for runs in the street. However, if you can get over that feeling this is a very reasonable option, especially if other means of getting exercise are limited.
From your room to the streets to public parks, there are practically endless options and plenty of spaces that you can use creatively to get your workout in.
When I was staying in Morocco, I chose to go out for a run a few times and these ended up being some of my favorite experiences during my whole stay. It was so beautiful to see the various landscaping and culture fly by me as I ran through the streets. It took me completely out of my element and into an almost euphoric state.
You can also try to get creative with some small workouts in your room.
4. Watch What You Eat:
While traveling it’s easy to get sucked in to trying all the new foods. Always be aware of what you are eating. Try to eat as healthy as you can! Lots of fruits, vegitables, and protein.
You need to put what you learn into practice and do it over and over again until it’s a habit. I always say, ‘Seeing is not believing. Doing is believing.’ There is a lot to learn about fitness, nutrition, and emotions, but once you do, you can master them instead of them mastering you. -Brett Hoebel