So I’ve got a very cool trip to Europe coming up in just a few short weeks. I love traveling. There’s always magic in visiting new places. One of my favorite things to do is figure out how to get a workout in while I’m on the road.
Now from my last trip to Europe I learned a few things. One of the biggies is that you don’t have the same proliferation of gyms as you do in the US. Specifically, you don’t find nearly as many hotel fitness centers as you do in the US. If you do get a fitness center, the chances are it’s a hotel designed to cater to American tourists. Where’s the fun in that? It’s a lot more interesting to find a quirky hotel and then figure out a quirky workout to go with it.
Some of my favorite mobile workouts:
1)Walking. That’s right, basic walking. When playing tourist, I love to walk as much as possible. I take a pedometer with me and make it a game to see how many steps I get in a single day. The goal is always to beat my average step count for home.
2)Body weight circuit. From the keep it simple school, body weight exercises can never fail you. I specifically pick exercises that are hotel friendly. That means no jump squats to wake up the downstairs neighbors. My typical rotation includes:
Body weight squats
Standing calf raise
Plank for time
Each exercise is 15-12 reps with 15 seconds of rest between each exercise. Rest 30 seconds between each circuit. I do between 3-5 circuits depending on available time.
3) Resistance bands. A couple of bands in your suitcase take up little room and add additional variety and resistance to your daily workout.
4) TRX. This is a new addition to my workouts and I’m looking forward to seeing how it works on the trip.
The big key is being ready for various challenges. If I’m thinking it through now, that means I’ve got a better chance of not getting tripped up in the future.
What are some of your favorite ways to get a workout in when you travel? Looking for ideas to workout when you travel? Drop me a comment!