Vacation is a big time for a lot of people to fall off the motivational train. You work so hard for so long then you get a week of binge eating and laying out on the beach. It fucks with you. I’ve been there way too many times than I care to admit. But I’ve learned.
First things first. DON’T FREAK OUT! You are on vacation. Not prison. Do not freak out. There’s no need. What you do need to do is plan. Ok, now that you’re not freaking out. Go to your gym website and type in the zip code of where you’re going. Are you going international? Check with your hotel to see if there’s a gym. AirBNB? Find a local park or a small gym that has a free week pass. You will ALWAYS be able to work out. It might not be the place you’re used to, but as long as you get your sessions in, you’re good. Also, you can always workout in your hotel room, go for a hike, swim, or walk. My last real vacation was to Ireland. I don’t count the little trips, those were for races. And those who have participated in a race know that it’s not a vacation. Even on the weekend race trips, I go in with a plan. Anyway, when I was in Ireland, I walked everywhere. Couldn’t find the local gym, but I did bodyweight circuits in the hotel room. You can always improvise. You don’t always need a squat rack and a shit ton of weights.
Food is another big thing when it comes to travelling. Because why not? Right? No, it’s more like because you don’t have access to a kitchen. A usable kitchen. Like stove, oven, etc. I’ve been lucky the last few places had a microwave and a fridge. That right there makes it hard as hell to plan. Even with my expert planning skills, I still get the random curve ball where I’m like “well shit, that won’t work.” While travelling, I make sure to note the grocery stores in my little travel notebook. There I stock up on snacks, breakfast items, and jugs of water. Yes, I buy jugs of water when I travel. Usually I just take mine with, but flying with a few gallon jugs of water isn’t the best plan. Obviously, different trips, different rules. If I was doing all inclusive, I would stock up on fresh fruit, veggies and muffins in the mornings for during the day when I’m out and about. Seeing how I mostly travel to small towns, the grocery store is my best friend. Before every trip, I write down all of the local restaurants I want to go to. For either breakfast, lunch or dinner. It seems obsessive, but it helps. Plus avoids the “where do I want to eat” question. Seriously, I wish I did that when I was in Ireland. I think it would have been a lot easier for us.
Money saving tip: If you’re getting groceries for your trip, buy enough for breakfast and lunch for almost every day. Eat out for dinner. Then eat out for lunch and breakfast at least once or twice.
The rest of it. Your protein powders, BCAAs, Preworkouts, vitamins and other supplements. You can take those on a plane. All those little sample packs that you get from fit expos and in the mail, those are amazing for travelling. But if you don’t have any, Up and Up (Target’s generic brand) has small ziplock bags. The bags are cool. They have measurements on the bags. And if I didn't pack up all my stuff for my trip to Florida, I would put some pictures. Anyway, fill these up and label accordingly. I toss all of mine in one gallon ziplock bag so they don’t rip open and get all over the place.
What are things that you do to keep up the healthy lifestyle while travelling?
Kristy Kronas is a Certified Personal Trainer in the burbs of Chicago. She is a single parent and author with a children's book being published this fall! She has a passion for lifting, boxing, kayaking, and a hatred of running. Watch out for her new venture this March when she launches a daily podcast called the 'Daily Donut.' If you have any questions, comments, or just want to say hi, shoot her an email!
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