Whether you are traveling internationally or locally, the relaxed nature of a vacation or exploration trip often results in you losing any fitness gains you have been working for. To help you maintain your fitness levels as you travel the globe (or the city), here are three great tips to follow.
Ask About the Facilities
Even the cheapest backpackers hostel is likely to provide basic fitness facilities. While it may just be a treadmill that hasn’t been turned on in years or a heated pool which turned out to be just plain cold, these are available ways to perform a small fitness routine. A few laps and a run on the treadmill will provide a good mix of strength and cardio while you wait for the free breakfast line to calm down.
Pack a Gym in Your Backpack
Your airline isn’t likely to let you on the plane with dumbbells in your backpack, but a small resistance band and a jump rope will see them wave you through. The resistance band is an incredibly versatile tool which you can attach to furniture in your room or even to an outdoor fixture if you are camping while a simple jump rope gives you the ability to get your heart rate going in the smallest of spaces.
Of Course, You Could Just Visit a Gym
If neither of these ideas appeal to you or will suffice for your regular extensive gym session, don’t be afraid to head to a gym. There’s nothing wrong with zipping off to a fitness center during your trip if your fitness is important to you. There are a number of gyms in Chicago which will happily offer you a one-time visitors pass or even a single PT session to keep your progress on track.
It’s important to remember that there are no rules when it comes to traveling. If you want to bring a part of your regular life schedule along for the ride and ensure your fitness progress doesn’t slip, these are great tips to help keep you your fitness on track.