Maintaining an exercise routine is simple enough. Pick what days you want to exercise, set aside time, and you’re good to go. It can be challenging to gain momentum initially, but the process gets easier.
But exercising while traveling or on holiday? That’s a whole other thing that presents a unique set of challenges.
To that end, we’ve put together this guide to outline practical ways to stay active on the road.
It Starts With The Right Mindset
A big reason why many people struggle to exercise while on the road is that they don’t approach it with the right mindset. Most people hit the road or go on a holiday thinking, “I hope I find the time to exercise at least a few times in the upcoming week.” Sure enough, they never find the time because other things always pop up.
The best way to approach exercise when traveling is to make a concrete plan for the following:
- How many workouts you want to do
- On what days you want to exercise
- At what time you plan to exercise
- Where you want to work out
- What equipment you will use
Doing so provides clarity and structure, making you more likely to find the time for physical activity.
Let’s now go over practical exercise tactics when traveling or on holiday.
4 Ways to Keep Exercising When Traveling Or On Holiday
Do Bodyweight Exercises
Many people believe that most home exercises don’t pose enough of a challenge to cause a disruption that drives progress: muscle gain, athleticism, cardiovascular endurance, etc.
Luckily, that isn’t the case. It’s entirely possible to have a great workout with no equipment and challenge yourself. Further, you can structure your activities based on what goals you want to achieve.
Whether you’re interested in building up your endurance, losing weight, or gaining muscle, you can do lots of great exercises.
Bodyweight movements are great because you can pick from thousands of activities, train all muscles in your body, and adjust the difficulty to fit your athletic ability. Take the push-up as an example:
Some people can do classic push-ups to train their upper body, but what if you’re a beginner and are not quite at that level yet? You can do knee push-ups and still challenge yourself. More advanced trainees can do decline, clapping, uneven, and single-arm push-ups. The same goes for almost every other exercise you can think of: squats, pull-ups, lunges, sit-ups, etc.
Use a Portable, Folding, Lightweight Trampoline
Using a trampoline might not seem like the best way to stay fit on the road. First, where can you get a trampoline while traveling? Second, how can you use a trampoline to have a good workout?
Luckily, we have the answer to both questions. First, you can get a foldable trampoline that fits in a medium-sized travel bag. For example, our Elite Mini Trampoline only weighs 9.5 kg (21 lbs) but has the perfect dimensions for a solid workout. You can easily put it in your car before a road trip and take it out when you want to exercise.
Second, we provide over 100 fantastic routines on our app and DVDs. You can pick the ones you enjoy most and get sweaty. For instance, you can go with a basic rebounding routine or switch things up to stay engaged with other Boogie Bounce programmes such as Strength & Tone, or HIIT.
Rebounding is a great way to engage all the major muscles in your body, burn many calories, and elevate your fitness.
Leverage Resistance Bands
Resistance bands are long pieces of rubber or elastic material you can use to have fun and enjoy challenging workouts. Bands come in several configurations, with some popular examples being:
- Booty bands – small looped bands you traditionally use by wrapping around your thighs, knees, or ankles. Boogie Bands are a perfect example.
- Looped bands – similar to booty bands but larger and useful for more exercises
- Open-ended bands – these typically come with handles attached to both ends. Strength & Tone Bands are a great example here, that are specifically designed for use with a Boogie Bounce Trampoline.
Bands are great because of their affordability, compact size, and sheer versatility. You can get yourself an entire set, put them in one of your travel bags, and take them anywhere you go.
You can put together resistance band workouts or use these items to make traditional exercises more challenging. Here’s a simple full-body workout with bands:
Band Chest Fly
Band Overhead Press
Banded Lateral Walks
Banded Glute Bridge
Banded Bicep Curls
Banded Tricep Extensions
Do all the movements back-to-back for 30 seconds at a time, take a 2-minute break, and repeat two or three times.
You can also make certain exercises easier or more challenging. For example, wrap a looped band over a pull-up bar and let it hang like a noose. Put your feet over the band, grab the bar, and do band-assisted pull-ups: the easier and more beginner-friendly exercise.
Both Strength & Tone and Boogie Bands workouts can be found on our Fitness App.
Experiment With Something New
The fourth way to stay active on the road is to experiment with something new. For example, if you traditionally do home workouts or lift weights at your local gym, you can do some cardio instead.
A morning jog can be the perfect way to start your day. It boosts your energy, improves your mood, wakes you up better than coffee, and develops your endurance. Hiking is also a great option, especially when traveling to the mountains. You get to spend time in nature, explore new areas, and work on your cardio.
Staying active when traveling or on holiday can be difficult, and it all begins with your mindset.
Instead of hoping to stay consistent and find the time to exercise, you must set specific goals and put together an actionable plan. The more details you cover, the more likely you are to be consistent.
We hope our four recommendations give you some practical ideas for exercising on the road. Even if you have no access to equipment, a combination of bodyweight exercises (e.g., squats, push-ups, sit-ups, etc.) and some cardio (e.g., running) can be enough to build muscle, improve fitness, lose weight, and feel great.