When you're away from home, it can be hard to stick to a normal fitness routine, but that doesn't have to mean giving it up altogether. When traveling this holiday season, use these helpful tips to ensure you'll be active well into the new year.
Pack your gym bag. If you pack your workout gear in your suitcase, you'll have no excuse not to exercise, and you'll be ready to work out regardless of where you're staying. Traveling with workout clothing also acts as a visual reminder to stay fit even when away from home.
Carry a workout on you. Depending on where you're staying, it may be hard to find a gym, and depending on the weather, exercising outdoors may not be an option. Always bring a workout that you can do indoors. Good options that are easy to pack are a jump rope, fitness DVD, or one of our printable home circuit workouts - I always pack resistance bands. If you forget, hit up the local library or video store and borrow a fitness DVD instead.
Get a visitor's or day pass at the local gym. My boyfriend travels for business often, and before he leaves he susses out the gym scene where he'll be staying. Many gyms offer weekly guests passes at no charge, which he always takes advantage of. If you're unable to get a free pass, most gyms do offer inexpensive day or week passes for use of their facilities.
If all else fails, get inventive. If you forget to bring workout gear with you, find creative ways to remain active. Go for a long walk or do some cardio that requires no equipment in your bedroom - yoga is a great option too. Use water bottles or books as weights, or do some chair squats at the dining room table.