I have two passions. One, of course, is learning and teaching about health and wellness. The second is traveling and exploring! We're into summer now, where many of us have planned vacations and travel. It's a busy time of year when we tend to step out of our regular routine, and into a little bit of the unknown. I love this! Routine gets mundane if we don't step out of it and change it up every once in a while. But there are a few parts of our routine that we don't want to step out of. These are the parts that make us healthier. These are the parts that give us "feel good power." There's no use in traveling and exploring if we're not feeling good.
Even when you travel, it's absolutely imperative to move your body to maintain your "feel good power." You may not be able to get in your normal workout routine while on the road, but you've at least got to move your body. This will help your entire system function better, eliminate toxins (usually you're ingesting foods that are not as organic or home cooked as you may eat normally, and thus your body has more toxins to eliminate), and keep your lymphatic system flowing so that your immune system remains healthy. When you travel, you're exposed to new (and sometimes toxic) environments, foods, people, and places. You want to give your body the best chance it has to stay in top condition through these added stressors. Maybe you're in a hotel with unknown mold in the walls. Maybe you're on an airplane next to a sick toddler. Exposure to toxins is elevated every time you travel.
Exercise is key to keeping your body working efficiently with this heightened toxin exposure.
When I travel (for vacation), I'm usually a little more relaxed than in my normal daily routine. This is great because my body has more resources to fight off any of this travel toxin exposure, since it doesn't have to worry about normal daily stressors. I don't have to do work. I don't have to answer emails first thing in the morning. I can create my own relaxed schedule. I try to wake up without an alarm, and then head off to move my body first thing. Usually this happens while everyone else is still sleeping. It's my chance for a little alone time before a day of enjoying friends & family.
If I am at a hotel, I'll usually make an effort to head to the hotel gym or stairwell and run the stairs. If there is no gym, or place to run outdoors, I'll make my hotel room my gym. I do this quite often, even when there is a hotel gym. In fact, I've walked out of hotel gyms to do my workout in the room, because the gym was too crowded.
I've had so many clients ask me how they can stay active while traveling this summer, and all I ask is: "How do you stay active when you're at home?" Here is my answer.
If traveling is a passion of yours, or you simply want to maintain your health, you've got to make time for exercise, even when you're on the road. You don't need a gym. You don't need equipment. You just need to do those three things mentioned above.
So this year, I took the guess work away from all of my clients. I created a Travel-Fit-Kit that has 30+ bodyweight and mini-band workouts in it that they can do while traveling! Some workouts take just 5 minutes. Some take 45 minutes. All you have to do is decide which workout you'd like to do, plan it into your day, and then do it! Many times while I'm traveling, I only have 5-10 minutes to workout, and that's ok! I'll choose a short core or hiit workout to do. Never underestimate the power of a 10 minute workout!
I want to invite you to get your Travel-Fit-Kit too, because when you move your body, you become happier, healthier, less toxic, and better able to enjoy your travels! Let's travel together this summer!
The Trainer In YOUR Back Pocket
Abby Malmstrom M.S. is an exercise physiologist, certified personal trainer, group fitness instructor, wellness coach, and "real food" nutritionist. Her life as an active duty military spouse takes her all over the world, allowing her to influence, teach, and connect with folks in communities she never even dreamed of reaching. Life's an adventure, so stay tuned for the ride! It's time to "Eat Well, Move Well, Think Well, Be Well."