Don’t let travel interfere with your exercise goals

Don’t let travel interfere with your exercise goals

For a lot of us (myself included!) jumping in the car or on a plane and heading away somewhere, whether it’s for work or a holiday, is always a bit of a treat.

But the change in routine that travelling creates can make sticking to your plan to do something active every day seem more challenging. Suddenly your regular walking route, not to mention your favourite yoga class and workout buddy, is hundreds of kilometres away, or maybe even on the other side of the world… help!

The good news is that with a bit of planning and changing how you think about exercise, it really is possible to keep moving – and there are so many reasons why doing that is especially important when you’re travelling. Apart from the usual health perks, exercise first thing in the morning and you might find you’ll overcome your jetlag quicker. It’s thanks to the affect early morning light has on melatonin levels and, therefore, your body clock. Physical activity is a great stress reliever, too – perfect if you’re travelling for work.

I’ve made it my personal mission to ‘run the world’, so whenever I’m in a new city, the first thing I want to do is get out there and hit the pavement. As well as being a low-fuss way to exercise, it’s also a great opportunity to explore a destination and see the sights – and sometimes some very famous sights!

So the first things I throw into my suitcase when I’m packing are a pair of trainers and some clothes to run and walk in, but you could also pack your swimmers, goggles, or a lightweight rubber exercise band – anything that’ll make exercise more accessible.

You could also make a conscious effort to find and book accommodation that has a gym, pool or park nearby. Or do a 30-minute circuit in your hotel room – think push-ups and the plank on the floor; lunges across the room and back again; tricep dips using a chair; and yoga poses. Set your alarm for half-an-hour earlier than you need to, and use that time to exercise.

Final tip? Take advantage of new exercise options that your destination has on offer, whether that’s kayaking, hiking or surfing. And avoid taking public transport or hailing a cab whenever you can, and walk instead. It’s a really effective way to squeeze more steps into your day, it’s cheaper and it’s a great way to see a new city, too.

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