When traveling, it’s easy to completely drop the ball on our healthy routines. Fortunately, there are a few travel training strategies to make fitness on the road super simple!
The truth is, if you have a wall and some ground, you have a LOT of possible things you can do. In fact, traveling gives you a special opportunity to train differently…
Changing up your training and adapting to your new environment is going to make your brain and body happy.
For example, a ledge will challenge your grip and arms VERY differently than just a pull-up bar. I made fantastic use of this fact recently on a trip using a ledge at the top of the hotel:
You can perform all of these movements with a different percentage of your fingers/hand on TOP of the ledge. The less of you is on top (fingertips only, for example) the more challenging it is.
To keep it really simple, and extremely easy to travel with, I stick with very small items which provide resistance.
These take up virtually no space, because you can lay them flat or wrap them up anywhere (even stuff in a shoe).
The yoga strap (with metal loops sewn in) can be used as an anchor for bands anywhere as well as isometrics or stretching. The therabands can be used for basically any movement, and the tourniquets are what really set this list apart…
You see, occlusion training (also called blood flow restriction training) can help you get a training effect (gains) with a very low load. This is important because the reality is, we aren’t going to feel super psyched up to “battle” weights every day. Sometimes you just need to make a deposit in the strength bank without having to really psych yourself up.
After 5-15 minutes of occlusion training I have an incredible pump in the upper body, feel amazing, and I’m ready to go enjoy my travels.
Are you traveling 30+ times per year, like I’ve done? If this is the case, it’s really important to make sure that you travel training is up to snuff.
If you’re on vacation for a couple days and you have been training consistently the rest of the time, don’t put so much pressure on yourself. Be active, and have fun, but don’t feel obligated to “go do a workout.”
This may seem counter to number 3, but I don’t consider this a workout – it’s an essential part of daily health.
Do yourself a favor and ensure that your body is going to be functioning optimally. The best way to do that is to take good care of yourself. This means, at the very least, taking care of your joints and muscles.
A #5minuteflow is something that I consider to be mandatory for enjoying my travels as much as possible. I always feel better afterward, and for just 5 minutes—it’s always worth the small effort.
As someone who was plagued for years by stiff, sore joints that ached daily—I haven’t experienced anything like it.
It’s a win-win for 2 reasons…
1) It feels so damn good
2) It’s only 5 minutes
So I actually do it – VERY CONSISTENTLY. These are secrets to forming any habit…
I paid special attention to habit development when I created the #5minuteflow system. Understanding how our brains work is necessary for us to actually change our behavior in a positive way.
The fact that #5minuteflow has a LASTING IMPACT on so many people’s lives is what makes it truly magical.
I am constantly amazed at what an impact a very small and simple behavior can make if done consistently over the long term.
So there you have it, 4 very simple strategies that practically guarantee you will make progress no matter what part of the earth you’re standing on (or hanging from).
Better every day,