Many people travel a ton during the holidays. People pack up to visit their loved ones and many times venture to locations where a normal workout routine is not in the cards. However, just because you might be away from your favorite gym or lost without your workout buddies, do not shy away from executing some worthwhile workouts while on the road. Maintaining a schedule, and venturing outside of your routine or comfort zone might be just what you need to keep your energy high and mental state sound.
First things first; pack your equipment! Travel workout essentials include: sneakers, exercise clothing, your music and/or headphones, as well as any weather appropriate extras you may need (beanie, gloves, windbreaker, puffy vest and/or long tights); especially if traveling to a chilly destination. Sure, you can always purchase what you forget, but don’t set yourself up for failure by not bringing any sort of these items with you! If you can squeeze in some packable fitness equipment, even better! Think about bringing a jump rope, resistance bands, yoga mat and/or and exercise DVD.
Recruit your family as workout partners. Tackling a 5 or 10K with your brother/sister is an excellent way to catch up and eek in a workout at the same time. Or, ask your niece or nephew if they’d like to venture out and take a Cross-Fit class. Some healthy competition with those younger than you is a great rate to spike your heart rate and really challenge your fitness level. Perhaps even mom or dad would like to go on a hike or bike-ride in the neighborhood? One of the best ways to make use of your family/social time is to couple it with a physical activity. You’ll undoubtedly laugh and smile more amongst the company of your loved ones!
Sign up for a holiday fitness event. There are typically many local, fun racing events around the holidays. For example, let’s say you’re headed to sunny San Diego for Christmas. Why not check out San Diego’s Hot Buttered Run 10K & Kids Kandy Kane Race on December 22nd? A quick online search of your travel destination should yield as least a few race options in realm of a running and/or walking. You can even kick off your 2014 triathlon season in Scotland with the Tri Center New Year’s Day Triathlon. And while that particular triathlon is certainly atypical, you shouldn’t have any problems finding some races that might even include your best four-legged friend!
Contact a gym for a guest pass. Almost every single fitness facility offers a free trial period to new members or at least a very discounted price for those people in town for just a few days or weeks. Make an appointment, or walk right in and secure your place to workout while on the road. You might find yourself even more ambitious than you would be at home with new and different equipment, amenities, classes and scenery. You can even splurge on a personal training session as a special holiday gift to you!