Working out and staying fit as you globetrot the world can be difficult. One of the biggest factors in success vs failure in any aspect of life is having a routine. When you’re traveling and moving around constantly, it’s very difficult to have a routine. You have no regular gym to go to, no typical hours in which you’re available — but in spite of everything else being in flux, by focusing on a few portable workouts, you can take your fitness on the road too.
My personal favorite is the hundred push ups training program. It gauges your skill level at the onset of the program and over the course of six weeks, the program will build up your upper body strength through push-ups. Not only is it great for travelers because it requires no equipment and very little time, but it’s presented in a game-like fashion. You’re building towards something and the jumps between levels are manageable so you don’t get discouraged.
The same company also has a two hundred sit-ups training program that works the exact same way. When you’re moving around constantly, you don’t have the luxury of fancy equipment or fully stocked free weights a lot of the time. The good news is that you don’t need those things to stay fit and keep your body engaged. Pushups and situps are great things to do when all you have is a space on the floor.
Another quick and easy workout routine is the 7 Minute Workout. You can either go to the website for free or download the app which costs $1.99. It’s worth it as the program is great for cardio when you have limited time and space. During the seven minutes, you’re taken through a variety of exercises, each lasting 30 seconds each. The first is jumping jacks, followed by a wall sit, pushups, crunches, step-ups, squats, dips, plank, high knees, lunges, modified push-ups, and side plank. Between each exercise, you break for a few seconds, and the whole thing adds up to a mere seven minutes. There is an audible timer and pictures to help you through the workout.
While all of these exercises require nothing other than a smartphone, your commitment, and floor space, if you’re someone who needs the setting of a gym to stay motivated, prioritize finding hotels, guesthouses, and hostels that have onsite gyms for use. Even a place that just has a pool will allow you to get cardio in by swimming laps.
Working out for constant travelers is harder, but still very doable. It just takes a little bit of an adjustment and a more resolute commitment.