4 tips for squeezing in exercise while you’re traveling this holiday season
By Brittany Anas
At home, you might have a health and fitness routine set in stone: You report to the gym every morning at the same time, you prep your own meals and pack a lunch, and you’ve got a pretty regular sleep schedule and a “side of the pillow” that you prefer. But all of that changes when you travel for the holidays: Your local gym doesn’t have a franchise near grandma’s house? How much butter is your aunt sneaking into those suppose-to-be-healthy veggies? Don’t forget you’ve time traveled through time zones and you’re sleeping on a pull-out couch.
But, adapting and staying fit during the holiday season will also help you relieve stress. Sticking to your workout regimen will be rewarding come January when you’re not huffing and puffing alongside the gym goers who took it easy during the holidays or were only motivated by resolutions to get back into the gym after a long break.
Here’s four ways to squeeze in exercise during the holiday season — even if you’re traveling.
- Research hotels: You can “get by” with the standard treadmill and free weights offered in many hotels, sure. But some hotels take fitness seriously. For example, Fairmont hotels offer a “Fairmont Fit” program that provides Reebok workout apparel and footwear and an MP3 player loaded with music. They’ll also deliver a yoga mat and stretch band to your room. How’s that for making your feel like your Ohm Sweet Home?
- Go to the local recreation center: If you’re staying with a relative or at a hotel without a fitness center, find out where the nearest recreation center or YMCA is located. Local gyms might charge upwards of $10 or $20 for a drop-in workout because there is no incentive to sign you up as a new member since you live out-of-state. You’ll find the best deals at recreation centers and can usually buy punch passes that equal out to $5 or so per visit. (Tip: Buying a punch pass for the number of visits you plan to go to the gym will help you stay motivated to show up for your workouts).
- Make exercise fun: So, you’re on vacation and want to take a break from your normal cardio-strength training routine. Gotcha’. And, hey, you deserve it. There are so many fun activities in the winter to “keep you moving” and that you can enjoy with your family. Head out to an ice skating rink, go snowshoeing, take a ski or snowboarding trip. Maybe even find a good hill and go tobogganing. Climbing up that hill with sleds in hands is pretty much like Crossfit, right? (Tip: Even if you’re staying with family, consider renting a car for at least a portion of your trip. It will give you a little bit of freedom to take day trips or drive to the local rec center — without inconveniencing others’ schedules and relying on them to loan you a car. Save on your rental with Hertz, where you’ll get 3 percent Cash Back and exclusive coupons with ShopAtHome.com).
- Make a morning date with the gym: Get up before everybody else and hit the gym first thing in the morning. When you’re visiting family — things inevitably come up during the day whether it’s a long-lost relative dropping by to introduce himself or an impromptu baking extravaganza. If you’re able to knock out your workout first thing in the morning, you’re more likely to stick to your plan.
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