Travel can easily sideline your exercise routine, but physical activity is a great way to relieve stress and adjust to a new time zone. Founder of Best Body Bootcamp (and Ottawa boy) Roger Nahas shares his tips for staying on track while on the road. As told to Misa Kobayashi.
1. Do your research
Before you travel, a little research can go a long way. Look into the best places to perform your favourite exercises in the city where you are going. Try to choose hotels that have gym facilities, or if you love running, seek out the best running trails.
2. Test it out
Test your exercise routine at home before you travel. This familiarity will encourage you to complete your workout while you’re on the road. If you aren’t sure about the facilities at your destination, plan exercises that don’t require equipment, such as push-ups and crunches.
3. Bring your gear
Think ahead! Pack your running shoes, workout gear, and packable workout equipment (such as a resistance band).
4. Commit to healthier food choices
If possible, hit the grocery store and purchase healthy snacks. Having these alternatives will encourage you to stay on track. Make a commitment to enjoy the local fare, while forgoing the extras you can live without.
If you’re considering hopping on the bus, driving, or taking a taxi, why not just walk? Exploring a new destination on foot is the perfect way to experience a city.
6. Drink plenty of water
Most people don’t drink enough water when they’re at home, let alone while travelling. This is especially important if you’re doing a lot of physical activity and sweating. If you’re somewhere warm and not used to the climate, realize that you’ll need a lot more water than you normally do. Carry a bottle or two with you all the time.
7. Share the fun
Inviting others to join you will help keep you accountable. Ask friends and family members to take part in your exercise excursion. Regardless of your travel purpose or destination, sharing your workout experience will keep you on track.
8. Don’t overdo it
Remember, you’re on vacation. Don’t do so much exercise that you need another vacation to recover. Do everything in moderation and have fun while doing it.