On the road again

How a plan and some bands can make a world of difference when traveling

By Maureen Eggers, Women’s & Coed Fitness Manager

Sticking to a workout routine can be challenging enough when you’re home. For anyone who travels, the obstacles really start to add up. Finding a convenient fitness facility, not to mention time to actually work out, can sabotage your motivation and dedication. Add in some high-calorie restaurant meals and a lack of sleep and … well, you get the idea.

Fortunately, there are options for tight spaces and tighter schedules while traveling! The following tips can keep you feeling fit no matter where work or personal travel takes you.

1. Embrace body-weight exercises. The sky’s the limit when it comes to exercise options that use gravity and your own mass to create resistance. Push-ups, mountain climbers, planks, and burpees top my personal list. Find your favorite four to five body-weight exercises and spend 15 minutes rotating through them without stopping. Try to do 10 reps of each and then rotate until time is up.

2. Get to know resistance bands. Super-versatile and super-functional, resistance bands belong in the corner of every suitcase. They’re the best portable strength-training system out there. I call them my “anywhere and everywhere” exercise machine. Anchor one end of a band under your foot or on a piece of furniture and mimic the same exercises you would perform with dumbbells, cables or kettlebells.

3. Take your trainer with you (in spirit). Our personal training team can create customized workouts for clients when they travel. Perhaps the biggest key to working out while traveling is making a plan ahead of time. Once you’ve set the intention and know your trainer is going to ask you about it when you return, you’re much more likely to trade room service for the hotel fitness center.

By making a plan and knowing how to improvise, you can keep your fitness routine intact on the road and return to the gym ready to take the next step in your most important journey of all—
the one to personal wellness.

Maureen Eggers is the Women’s & Coed Fitness Manager at the WAC. She
is a National Strength and Conditioning Association–certified personal trainer and a Technogym Master Trainer. Reach her at meggers@wac.net or 206.839.4785. Email fitness@wac.net to schedule a personal training session.

As published in the March/April 2019 issue of WAC Magazine.

—Posted March 2, 2019


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