With the holidays and new year around the corner, most people have travel on their mind. Many people find that during holiday travel, their workout regimen seems to get thrown totally out of whack.
Fortunately, with a little proactive planning, you can maintain your fitness level, no matter where you are. The key is to be creative and remember that even short workouts are better than no workouts at all.
Here are some ideas to keep in shape during the festive season:
1. Do a "Condensed" but Intense Workout
Customize your own 30-minute workout combining three lower body workouts (squats or lunges) and three upper body exercises (modified push-ups or chair dips).
Warm up with exercises like marching, jogging in place or skipping , then do 10 to 20 repetitions of a lower body exercise and 10 to 15 repetitions of an upper body exercise. Follow this with a minute of jumping jacks or jogging in place.
Repeat this routine two or even three times and then try a variation of abdominal crunches, low back lifts and stretches.
2. Get active in the airport
If flight delays leave you with extra time at the airport, take advantage of it. Store your luggage in an airport locker and take a hike through the terminal.
3. Bring along some travel exercise equipment
Don't leave out fitness equipment when you're packing for a trip. Pack comfortable walking shoes, a bathing suit or other gear that you can fit in your bag. These could also include a Suspension Trainer, Skipping rope or even a Shifting Load Sandbag. You even purchase a subscription to the Fitness Builder app and make sure you get the best workout
4. Plan to relax
Don't overdo it. Staying fit is important, but dont lose sight of the real reason for the holidays spending time with those who are important to you. If you want to do both, involve the whole family in a yoga or tai chi exercise to unwind.
5. Ease back into your routine
Depending on how much you worked out during your travel, you may need to gradually ease back into your old routine. You may want to consider using lighter weights or decrease the intensity or the duration of your workouts until you can return to pre-trip conditions.
We hope these few tips help and that you all have a wonderful Festive Season!