Working Out On The Road: 3 Kick Ass Workouts While Traveling
You know what sucks about business travel? The lifestyle. Anyone who spends a decent amount of time on the road knows that exercise and healthy eating are the first things to get ditched. But it really doesn’t have to be that way.
There are tons of ways to get healthy, nutritious food when on the road but exercise, on the other hand, can be a bit more difficult to fit in. So we’re here to help. Here are my personal three best ways to get a kick ass workout while on the road.
Run, Run, Run
Even if you aren’t a runner, this is the single best way to get exercise when traveling and gives you an excellent opportunity to see sights around town. All it takes is a decent pair of running sneakers and your cellphone (for GPS and music). Ask the front desk if there are any major parks nearby and you’ll guarantee yourself some nature, and relaxation.
Do Bodyweight Exercises
Arguably the best exercises you can do involve moving your own bodyweight around. Pull-ups, pushups, and squats are really the only 3 moves you need to get a challenging, intense workout. Don’t have a pull-up station in your hotel? Most hotel rooms offer a basic desk or table in the room. The answer is to perform reverse pull-ups. Here’s how: lie on the floor underneath the table, reach up with overhand grip and grab hold of the table edge. Now, keeping your body completely straight, pull your body up and touch your chest to the table, then slowly lower yourself. You’ve completed one rep. Alternate between pushups, squats and reverse pull-ups. Use as little rest as possible in between, and get swole!
Use Plyometric Exercises and High Intensity Interval Training
If bodyweight exercises are a little too “plain-Jane” for you, then try to do some plyometric and high intensity intervals for your routine. Plyometric exercises are basically an explosive type of exercising which involves jumping and using as much force at one time as possible. High intensity interval training (HIIT) is an intense (almost all-out effort) that you do for a short period of time – say 30 to 60 seconds, then rest for at least the same amount of time, then immediately do another repetition. One round of exercise and rest is equal to one interval. Do as many as you can handle. There are so many options with this type of exercise. You can run sprints, interspersed with walking or jogging. But, an even better option is to include something explosive into your interval. This could be a jump squat or even rope jumping.
Okay, so how do we put this whole thing together? Simple, pick an amount of time you plan to work for – let’s say 30 minutes. Now, take the bodyweight exercises and do 25 pushups, 25 squats or 25 jump squats, and 25 reverse pull-ups. Then take out a set of jump ropes, and jump for at least 30 seconds (preferably closer to a minute). Rest for about two minutes then do the cycle again. Do this at least three times or until your 30 minutes are up. Want to kick it up a notch? Go for some sprints or go for a run around town.
The beauty of this is that you can do this work out in a hotel or at home. This is exercise simplicity at its best. How are you going to put this together? Let’s hear about your travel routine in the comments!
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By Sammy S, a fitness enthusiast that tries to get in her cardio no matter where she’s sleeping.