Staying Fit and Healthy on the Road

PART I- MAINTAINING YOUR FITNESS ON THE ROAD

Matt and I find ourselves on the road quite a bit these days and many of you have asked how I am able to stick w/ my training & workout routine as well as healthy eating when I'm on the road so I thought I'd write a quick blog with some tips on how we make things work. I kind of enjoy the challenge of trying to plan out my training when we travel and I definitely welcome the change of scenery. I guess I would say I subscribe to the motto "Where there's a will, there's a way".

As with anything in life, if you want to be successful, a little planning is in order. This means researching the area I'm traveling to ahead of time in order to find local gyms, recreation centers, and lap pools. In addition I spend time researching the hotel where we'll be staying as well as the surrounding area. Does the hotel have a gym? What equipment is included in that gym? Does the room have a kitchen or refrigerator? What grocery stores are nearby? I also spend some time to find local tracks or running trails as well as good local road rides if I am traveling with my bike. It's amazing how much information is on the internet these days. Apps like Strava can also come in handy when trying to find local running or cycling routes.

Outside of some of the obvious things stated above, I always make sure that I am prepared to stay fit and healthy on the road no matter what the situation. This mean packing some of my own fitness equipment like a TRX and my own bands. That way, in the very least, I can get my strength sessions done from my hotel room or anywhere for that matter.

 Not a lot of room, but just enough to get the job done!

Not a lot of room, but just enough to get the job done!

 I absolutely love my TRX. It enables me to get a full-body functional strength session in and I can vary the ease or difficulty of the exercise simply by changing my position. It works well over a doorway as can be seen here or could even be hung from a tree in a park outside. It's great for travel as it packs down to a very small bag and is great for a good home workout.

I absolutely love my TRX. It enables me to get a full-body functional strength session in and I can vary the ease or difficulty of the exercise simply by changing my position. It works well over a doorway as can be seen here or could even be hung from a tree in a park outside. It's great for travel as it packs down to a very small bag and is great for a good home workout.

 Bands are a GREAT option for travel or at-home workouts. They provide the resistance needed for strength training and are so small they can be stuffed into any pocket. Another benefit is that they are cheap. I often find bands at places like Marshalls or Ross.

Bands are a GREAT option for travel or at-home workouts. They provide the resistance needed for strength training and are so small they can be stuffed into any pocket. Another benefit is that they are cheap. I often find bands at places like Marshalls or Ross.

 This small foam roller made by Trigger Point is great for travel. It's small, lightweight and portable and I never leave home without it. Foam rolling is a great way to loosen up those knots or adhesions in the muscles helping to keep your muscles balanced and functioning properly.

This small foam roller made by Trigger Point is great for travel. It's small, lightweight and portable and I never leave home without it. Foam rolling is a great way to loosen up those knots or adhesions in the muscles helping to keep your muscles balanced and functioning properly.

 This is my "peanut" made by taping together two lacrosse balls. Again, it's small and portable and helps to roll out that tissue around your thoracic spine (although I would not advise doing this without first being advised on its use by a PT or other medical professional).

This is my "peanut" made by taping together two lacrosse balls. Again, it's small and portable and helps to roll out that tissue around your thoracic spine (although I would not advise doing this without first being advised on its use by a PT or other medical professional).

 No gym in your hotel? Looking for a quick workout to get your heart pumping without paying a drop-in fee at a local gym? Use the stairwell to run stairs!!!

No gym in your hotel? Looking for a quick workout to get your heart pumping without paying a drop-in fee at a local gym? Use the stairwell to run stairs!!!

If I'm able to bring my bike along I often also bring my trainer when traveling by car so that if I find I'm in an area where riding outdoors is not very safe I can still ride in my hotel room.

 Gettin' my sweat on in the hotel room.

Gettin' my sweat on in the hotel room.

 And then there are the trips where you are lucky enough to find yourself in Tucson on an 80 degree day in the middle of Winter. Definitely no need for trainer rides with this beautiful scenery surrounding us.

And then there are the trips where you are lucky enough to find yourself in Tucson on an 80 degree day in the middle of Winter. Definitely no need for trainer rides with this beautiful scenery surrounding us.

 Enjoying the beautiful Tucson trails just behind the hotel where we stayed

Enjoying the beautiful Tucson trails just behind the hotel where we stayed

And never forget to look into the Parks and Recreation departments of the cities you are visiting. This is often the place where I am able to find a lap pool and most come with the bonus of a gym. While most private gyms charge drop-in fees of $15-20 for only one day, I have paid as little as a $2 drop-in to use a Parks and Rec facility and usually only $7 at most for a daily drop-in fee.

 Here I am at the Dimond Park Aquatic Center in Juneau, AK.

Here I am at the Dimond Park Aquatic Center in Juneau, AK.

 After my swim I was able to fit in a session on the rower. Two workouts for the price of one. WooHOO!!!

After my swim I was able to fit in a session on the rower. Two workouts for the price of one. WooHOO!!!

So there you have it. It doesn't have to be complicated. A little planning and motivation goes a long way.

Stay tuned for Part II of this blog where I will talk about eating healthy on the road and some tips and tricks that we use when living out of a hotel room.

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