When you’re travelling, it’s not always easy to keep up your gym routine when the excitement to discover somewhere new is beaconing. But just because you’re away from home, doesn’t mean that you can’t incorporate workouts in a different way. We’ve asked three of Sport Chek Move Makers to share their fitness tips while on the road.
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Try a bodyweight workout in your hotel room
Louise Green of “Big Fit Girl” recommends finding ways to workout within your hotel room during your downtime. “Any easy tip for staying active on the road is to pack a resistance band that you can find from Sport Chek which is lightweight, compact and can easily fit into any pack or luggage. You can easily access the best “resistant band workouts” or “bodyweight workouts” at any WIFI location via Youtube and voila, you have a travelling gym!
If WIFI isn’t an option on your travels you can plan ahead by accessing the workouts in advance. Simply put together 4 of your favourite resistant band moves and 4 or your favourite bodyweight moves. Combine your body weight and resistance exercises by doing each of the 8 exercises for 30 seconds, repeat the sets 4 times through. Additionally, try to incorporate as much walking and adventure into your travels while seeing the world. If you can combine your daily steps with your travelling gym routine, you’ll never feel like you have taken a vacation from your fitness goals.”
Find time to meditate while travelling
Sadaf Jamal, founder of Move n’ Improve, helps individuals balance body, mind, and soul with workshops on how to enhance physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing. At the Sport Chek event, she recommended “keeping your heart and your mind fit by listening to informative podcasts with healing content – a change from being lost in thought or listening to random music. Lift your neck up and take your head back to touch the seat. Fixing your posture while on a long drive will make your core happy.”
Turn your workout into a game
Tyson Bankert, the founder of Recess Calgary, encourages adults to unleash their creativity and build deeper relationships with peers through team exercise and active play, even when you’re on the road. “I think to stay fit and active while on the road, also requires your mind to stay sharp too. If you’re with your family or friends play some games! Even in extended car rides, like a road trip, the attention of social media can get dull. Playing games is a great way to let the time go by re-connect with your car mates and have some fun. Finding creative ways to play can keep everyone involved classic games like 21 Questions, Eye Spy, Name Game. If you’re up for it playing some brain teasers or riddles can also be engaging while on a long car ride.”
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