How to Stay Fit While Traveling


Maintaining  your regular exercise routine is put to a challenge when you travel. It is more difficult to continue your fitness activities, especially when you have little to no equipment. Here are training drills that require less space and no equipments other than a good heart rate monitor.

Swimming Drills

Catch up


Swimming is a sport that focuses more on body form and positioning. Position both of your hands outstretched in front of you. Start swimming forward with one hand, making a full stroke until it reaches its original position (outstretched in front of you). Afterwards, move your other hand to take another full stroke. This is called “catch up” because one hand can’t pull through unless the other catches up in front of the head. This is done to keep swimmers from pulling too late or too soon.

One arm

Start with both arms outstretched. As the name dictates, bring yourself across the pool using only one arm. Keep the other arm outstretched. Switch to your other arm to swim across another full length of the pool.

Side Kick

Side kicks are done to keep a good balance. Position yourself facing the left wall of the pool. Outstretch your right hand and place your left hand  on your side. Swim sideways and try to maintain that position. Do the other way around. Face the right side of the pool, left hand outstretched, and right hand on your side, then move using side kicks. Practice your side kicks; use Kickboards if needed.

Cycling Drills

One leg


Strengthen each of your legs by doing leg isolation practices. Pedal for a minute with one leg, then switch to the other. Do this for five times on both legs before you do the two leg cycling. It’s recommended that you do this exercise with an indoor recumbent bike, you can find it at a gym in your hotel or somewhere nearby!

High RPM (Revolution per Minute)

Pedal with higher RPM five minutes before your each workout. Increase your cycling cadence to 10-20 RPMs higher than your comfort zone.

Running Drills


Long Strides

Find a flat, straight road where you could run. Lengthening your strides requires flexibility. Start on easy pace with this routine to avoid injuries. The foot will touch the ground slightly, while the other leg is cycling forward to make the next stride. Since the foot barely stays on the ground for each stride, and the runner would be airborne between each step.

High Knees

Do a stationary run. Lift your knees up to waist level or as high as you could. This helps improve your running form and speed.

Run Backwards

Try walking backwards after your run. This will exercise the other muscles of your legs. Start with a minute of backward walk, then gradually increase your minutes. If you are already used to walking backwards, go for a slow jog. Remember to keep an eye for your surroundings when doing this, to avoid accidents.

Doing your regular exercise when travelling is possible despite the fact that your location is different from what you’re used to. But, with todays inclination to health, it makes it possible for you to continuously monitor your fitness routine.

Sport centers usually form part of hotels; gyms and other exercise facilities are located everywhere; fitness trackers like a heart rate monitor and pedometer are just a click away. Almost everything you need is at hand.

Besides, you could always stick to the traditional exercise if these are not available in your location. Whether you’re travelling or not, your endeavor to attain a fit lifestyle is solely up to you.

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