Whether it’s for business or pleasure, it’s easy to skip out on your workouts when you’re traveling and don’t have access to the Tough Spot Gym or your usual workout routine. Although we definitely believe in the benefits of taking a well-deserved rest from hardcore Tough Spot workouts once in a while, if you travel frequently or for long periods of time, it becomes necessary to find a way to maintain your workouts. The following are some tips that will help you to stay active and fit while traveling:
1.) Try to book a hotel with access to a fully-equipped gym: Although most hotel gyms offer little besides a few pieces of cardio equipment, some hotels do have contracts with local gyms in order to offer free or reduced access to guests. Or, if you can afford the higher-end hotel/resort, the hotel gym may come fully-equipped, which will make it very convenient for you to fit in your workouts.
2.) Plan ahead and check rates with local gyms: If you are unable to find a hotel with access to a fully-equipped gym, check out the local gyms. Many gyms offer day or week passes designed for those who are traveling. This will allow you to have access to most of the equipment you need for a Tough Spot workout.
3.) Incorporate bodyweight exercises into your routine: If it proves to be too difficult to find a fully-equipped gym, don’t worry! It’s entirely possible to create a tough workout using only bodyweight exercises. Push-ups, squats, planks, handstand push-ups, sit-ups, dips, leg raises, bridges, calf raises, burpees, supermans, and many different variations of these exercises can be done with only your bodyweight.
4.) Find a playground or workout station: A playground will give you access to bars, which can be used for pull-ups and hanging abdominal exercises. If you are traveling to a tourist location in a warm beach climate, you may also find workout stations designed specifically for this purpose. Check along the beaches and running/walking trails.
5.) Improvise what you already have for the use of equipment: You can turn your duffel bag or suitcase into a weight! Stuff it full of your (non-fragile) belongings and use it as you would a sandbag in your workouts.
6.) Pack a few light pieces of equipment: We’re not suggesting that you take dumbbells or kettlebells in your suitcase, but a resistance band and TRX straps are light and don’t take up too much room. This equipment could also go a long way in helping you to create fun workouts while traveling.
7.) Take advantage of sightseeing while using the local terrain for workouts: If you are traveling to the beach, go for a jog in the sand and take a swim in the ocean. If you are in a mountainous area, get a good leg workout in while hiking. Be sure to plan activities that will allow you to stay active while still enjoying the local sights.
8.) Have fun!: Traveling can be very exhausting, so be sure to incorporate some rest and relaxation and FUN into your travels while making sure to remain active. Bon voyage!