Thursday, July 17, 2014

Five Ways to Stay in Shape while Traveling - #TravelFit2014

This fall and summer, marathon training is going to coincide with a good deal of travel. Tomorrow, I leave for a weekend in New England, and I know there will be more trips in the coming weeks. Keeping up with training no matter what isn't easy, but it is important. Here's how I stay in shape without interrupting my trip, overpacking, or emptying my wallet.

Take a Race-cation
One of my favorite ways to travel is (as you can probably tell from all these pictures of me) to sign up for a race in a new place. Knowing that I'm going to be running keeps my eating in line during the days leading up to it, and it's built-in exercise for at least one of the days I'm away. Running is also a great way to see a new place. Many cities have beautiful parks or waterfront bike paths just waiting to be explored! I've taken mini race-cations in Philadelphia, Albany, and Utica, and I'm so excited to add Florida to that list soon! 

Keeping Fit in Albany

Build Fun Exercise into Your Trip
There are so many ways to explore a new place while still keeping your normal healthy lifestyle. If you're near a state park, go for a long hike, breathe some fresh air, and explore nature. If you're at the beach, don't just lounge in the sun drinking a piña colada; hop into the ocean and go for a swim. In the city, forgo a subway or car and take a bike or walk to and from your destinations. You could also consider trying a new type of exercise class. I tried hot yoga for the first time on a trip to Albany and absolutely fell in love. You're already traveling and being adventurous, so why not sign up for that spin class you've always meant to try?

Keeping Fit in Coney Island

Eat Breakfast at Your Hotel
This tip is so handy for those who want to keep in shape and those who just want to save some money. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so you want to make sure you stay on track with it, even while traveling. Depending on your hotel's set-up, you can bring oatmeal packets, cold cereal, or even just an energy bar to nosh on in the morning. It'll keep you from overeating later in the day, and will definitely save you money (and calories!) over eating a big breakfast at a restaurant every morning. Be sure to bring some healthy snacks while you're out, too, and remember that some of the best eats in any place can be found at their farmer's market or on street carts!

Keeping Fit in Beacon

Bring Your Normal Workout with You
If you're really not an outdoors enthusiast, or you're traveling for work, there's still no reason not to keep up your exercise routine. Be sure to book a hotel with a gym and make time in the morning or evening to use it. Roger and I planned to run a whole lot while we were on the West Coast last summer, but we ended up actually only running once, on a hotel treadmill, and it was actually one of my favorite memories from the trip! If you're staying with a friend or at a hostel, download some body-weight only workouts onto your tablet or bring a DVD to use on the go.

Keeping Fit in Philadelphia

Don't Make Yourself Crazy!
This is probably the most important suggestion on here. You're traveling! You're experiencing a new culture, new foods, new attitudes. Give yourself a break and enjoy yourself. If you wake up one morning and don't want to run, it's okay. You're probably walking more than you normally do, anyway. If this is your only chance to try Germknödel, for goodness' sake, do it! (Seriously - do it. It's incredible.) I promise your training won't be hurt too much, and the memories you make will last forever.

This post is part of #TravelFit2014 and inspired by and Aria Las Vegas, who would like me to remind you that there are plenty of ways to stay in shape, even in Sin City. All opinions and suggestions are my own. And while we're at the fine-print, let me just take a moment to say that I'm not a doctor and so you should definitely check in with yours before you start any sort of fitness regimen.  

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