I have spend quite a few months going back and forth to my mom recently. Much of my time at my mom’s is spent helping her out, figuring out meds, taking her to doctors appointments. Did I mention that I sleep on the couch, with her plethora of ticking and chiming clocks?
Even so I am able to fit in some fitness. Where there’s a will, there’s almost always a way.
Pack for success
Here are some of my key fitness tools I almost always travel with:
- Ipad (for Peloton/YouTube workouts)
- Yoga blocks
- Travel Yoga mat
- Ball for self myofascial release
- Running shoes
- Running clothes
- Airpods & Airshokz (so I can workout without waking people up)
- Small (for running) & large (so I always have water with me) water bottles
- Protein Bars (sometimes there’s nowhere to eat)
- Baby Carrots, apples — both are easy to travel with
Your list may look different. Just think about the tools you need to be able to squeeze in a workout where ever, when ever.
What’s most important to you when it comes to travel fitness:
- Strength Training
- Self Care
- Healthy Eating
- All of the above
Running has been on the back burner for me much of this time. I shoot for 3 x week, and most of the time I can manage that. I make it a point to try to get as much walking in as possible wherever I am. I still practice Yoga every morning — helps that my mom is not an early riser and I am.
I do travel with food because eating crappy food doesn’t make me feel better — but sometimes you’re going to eat crappy food — just choose something you’ll actually enjoy! Don’t go overboard on it.
Most importantly: give yourself grace
You may not be able to get your usual workouts in. You may need to scale back on your workouts. You may have times when you want to work out and it’s just not possible. Do what you can, when you can; your body will thank you.
Even in challenging times, there’s a way to squeeze in fitness. Sometimes I need more rest than I normally would due to stress. Sometimes I’m not able to eat the way I’m used to because I’m stuck in hospitals, rehabs, etc. I try my best to keep up my healthy habits as best I can, and when I can’t, I know that this is, in the end, temporary.
If you’re traveling, keeping up with your fitness can help keep you energized. Don’t forget that fitness actually can be another form of stress, so go easy and listen to your body. Or maybe you’re traveling for business. Exercising will really help you out on those days you’re stuck sitting around all day, but pay attention to how your body is feeling. Maybe you actually do need a little extra rest. Pay attention to the signs you might be overdoing it (read this blog here).
What fitness equipment is always in your travel bags?
Do you have trouble adjusting when your fitness schedule is thrown off kilter?
This week I am also joining up with the new Runners’ Roundup linkup.