May 28, 2024

Are YOU an Active Traveler? Written by Amy Christensen

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Workout Strategies for the Active Traveler

Written by Amy Christensen

I’m not going to sugarcoat this: Staying active while you’re traveling is incredibly challenging. Unless you plan your vacation around a specific adventure or excursion (i.e., rafting the Grand Canyon or trekking in Nepal), getting outside or keeping up with your regular workout routine takes serious dedication and diligence.

The first, most important thing to do is decide that staying active is going to be a priority while you’re traveling. It’s way too easy to sleep in, have that extra drink, or skip a workout to go do something else. So before you leave; before you pack—decide and commit.

There are things you can do to make it easy (okay, easier) to stay active on the road whether you’re traveling on business with back-to-back meetings, or you’re on vacation enjoying the eat-beach-nap-eat-nap-eat again routine.

Create and Put Your Plan in Place Ahead of Time
Once you’ve made the decision to commit, start planning. What activities do you enjoy and are they feasible (based on your available time and location?)

Call your hotel ahead of time and find out if they have a gym, what the hours are and what exercise equipment they have. If the gym isn’t your thing (or you’re camping), find out where the closest bike paths, trails, pools, yoga studios or climbing gyms are located.

Consider what kind of transportation you’ll need and make the necessary arrangements.

Running and walking are two of the easiest ways to stay active outside without too much hassle. Call the local running store for information on hosted group runs.

If you’re a cyclist, check out rental options or bring your bike with you (best if you’re driving) and research local group rides.

If you climb, head to a site like http://www.ClimbFind.com/ to find a partner or hit up the local climbing gym.

Recreation centers usually offer lap swimming, yoga and Pilates. Call or check online for fees, location, schedule and hours.

Time for Action!
Once you arrive at your destination, it’s time to take all the research and planning and get active. Mornings are often the best times to squeeze in activity. Set an alarm for not only the morning, but consider a bedtime alarm to help you get to bed with plenty of time to sleep.

Stay safe! Is the area you’re in relatively safe? Bring a cell phone, cash, credit card and map. Go with a buddy if possible. Be sure you know your route, along with the name and address of your accommodations.

And finally, have fun with it and remember not to be too hard on yourself. Set reasonable goals and learn over time what works and what doesn’t. Don’t be afraid to experiment and try new things. That’s what traveling is all about right? Enjoy exploring, discovering and learning!
 

This article is written by Amy Christensen. Amy is a certified life coach with a passion for helping women step out of their comfort zone and break through self-limiting barriers. Based in Boulder, CO, her company, Expand Outdoors, focuses on creating healthy, sustainable, and fun lifestyle changes. Contact her at amyc@expandoutdoors.com or via http://www.expandoutdoors.com

 

Staying Healthy On the Road by Tanya Memme

I’ve been traveling and living out of suitcases for the past 12 years as the Host of A&E’s TV Series “Sell This House Extreme.” 

12 years ago before all of this happened, I was a workout junkie, had a membership at Equinox Fitness Club in Santa Monica, loved my Tae-Bo classes Sherman Oaks, ate very healthy and overall had a pretty consistent healthy schedule.

From the very first episode, my crazy life on the road began. Suitcase, flight, hotel and car rental information in hand off I went and I’ve never looked back. It was a HUGE adjustment mentally, physically and spiritually. Never thinking I would ever have a problem keeping up my exercise and eating program, trip by trip, episode after episode, the pounds accumulated. 25 pounds later, I tried using the hotel gym, local yoga classes, jogging in various cities, I’d bring exercise videos, exercise bands, skipping ropes etc…but with the show growing in popularity and with early call times and long shoot days I became exhausted and totally defeated. I’d beat myself up for not being able to exercise consistently and eat right. Surrounded by restaurant food in small remote town where a green vegetable is unheard of!

This past year, I’ve had a busier travel schedule than ever, and became a new mom. I don’t always get to the gym consistently but I found a way to fit right back in to my pre-pregnancy pants and stay healthy. 

Whole Foods has become my tag team companion in staying healthy on the road and since healthy restaurants and organic food is more readily available it makes everything much easier. Every time I land in a new city and before I check in to the hotel, I make a stop at a grocery store. This way I can buy healthy snacks and lots of water so I don’t get tempted by the mini bar in the hotel room.  Always ask for a mini fridge in the room so you can store perishable items. Its worth the extra charge to stay healthy. 

When it comes to exercise, I do what I can and have stopped beating myself up when I’ve worked a 14 hour day and am just too exhausted and have to choose between sleep and exercise.  I work out when I can, as often as I can and always make sure I’m having fun and enjoying it. I recently started taking dance classes with my 67 year old mother too. It might sound crazy but I’m getting stronger, having a blast and laughing my way to getting back in shape. 

A friend also introduced me to online personal trainers. Now THIS IS AMAZING!  No matter where you are or what time zone you’re in, you can have a personal training session via Skype! We use things in my hotel room and customize it to what I have access to and what time I have available. We have fun, and he motivated me to stay on top of my working out when the last thing I want to do is workout. 

Eating right more than anything will keep you healthy and lean and proper exercise keeps you strong. Do your best, give yourself a break, have trust in your best and let it all go! Find that AMAZING YOU and enjoy traveling, enjoy life and enjoy staying healthy along the way. 

Tanya Memme is the Producer/Co-Host of the Emmy nominated, A&E’s Sell This House and Sell This House Extreme.  She is a new mom, pet lover, travel enthusiastic & lifestyle expert.  www.TanyaMemme.com

5 Ways to Stay Fit While Traveling by Derek Peruo

Don’t let the hustle and bustle of the holidays prevent keeping up with workouts! Staying fit while traveling simply takes a little planning and creativity. Here are five ways to stay fit:

CARRY YOUR LUGGAGE
Stop rolling your luggage around, and start carrying it by the handle or on your back! This simple change will work your arms, your legs, and your core without taking any time away from your travel plans. In a large airport or train station, all this additional carrying will add up quickly to a serious workout.

CALL AHEAD AND RESERVE AN APPOINTMENT WITH A PROFESSIONAL FITNESS TRAINER
Call your hotel before getting there and schedule a training session with the personal trainer on staff. You are much more likely to stick to your fitness plan if you have an appointment scheduled. Plus, working with a trainer means you don’t need to think about what to do in the gym; the trainer will take care of that. If there’s no trainer on staff, ask the hotel where the nearest gym is and schedule a training session there.

BRING YOUR OWN EQUIPMENT
Not every hotel will have access to a gym, so you may need to bring your own equipment. Resistance bands or a bodyweight suspension trainer are perfect for situations like this. They are light-weight and come with a variety of pre-planned workouts you can do on your own

DRINK WATER AND PACK SNACKS
Long trips in planes, trains, and automobiles can lead to dehydration. Bring a water bottle where ever you go, and keep it full at all times. This way you know you will always have water on hand. Do the same with snacks: pack them with you, so you know there is always a healthy option available.

Derek Peruo, CSCS, is a personal trainer in New York City, and designs training programs for his clientele. He has written and consulted for Men’s Fitness and Muscle & Fitness magazines. http://bodybydrock.com