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.
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.
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.
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.