Whether you’re traveling for work or for fun, you’re probably going to have to jettison your normal fitness routine—but that can be a good thing. Visiting a new city is an opportunity to shake up your workouts and maybe even try something new.
Need a little inspiration for your next trip? Check out what the wellness experts from EVEN® Hotels’ Advisory Board—also known as The WELL—have to say about how they choose to stay active while on the road.
“Walking—all you need is a pair of comfortable shoes and somewhere to go! To add an extra pep in my step, I listen to high-energy tunes to keep me at a pace that works up a sweat. When I’m pressed for time, I’ll multitask by walking (or marching in place) while on a conference call.”
“Running Shoes! I love exploring a new place on a 5 mile run. I end with some burpees and I’m buzzing all day. To keep my mind active, I always take a blank notebook and challenge myself to map out a new idea.”
“I like to either run or walk outside. Hotels often have maps of surrounding areas that are good for running. If that isn’t an option, I do my own in-room workout—cranking up the tunes. I jump rope in place, and then do pushups, burpees, situps, jumping jacks, tricep dips, mountain climbers and planks. I do each exercise for 30 seconds and repeat the cycle five times.”
“I never need a gym to workout—my body is my gym. I like to do a combo of exercises that I created called the West Coast Pushup. Combine a squat with a plank, and a push up and jump back into squat. Now that’s a workout. Do three sets of 16 and you have worked all the muscles in your body.”
“I like to run outside. I don’t care about distance, only time–a hilly route will cover less distance than a flat route but the workout duration will be identical and more intense–so, I shoot for 20-30 minutes. I prefer a trail to a road or sidewalk, and I choose to listen to my own thoughts instead of music as I find it more therapeutic and safe. ”
“I am pretty addicted to gym workouts and have found that when I am away from home for a long period, I miss my local gym the most. If I’m on the road with no access to a gym, my go-to moves are walking, push-ups and sit-ups. I also travel with an exercise band so I can get resistance training in, no matter where I am.”
“I like to wear a pedometer while I travel. I can keep up with my steps and I don’t feel guilty if I’m unable to get to my hotel’s fitness center after a long day. My goal is to reach 10,000 steps a day. That’s your workout right there!”