My life has been a complete whirlwind for the past few weeks. Between a vacation, two weddings on back-to-back weekends, birthday parties, graduation parties, work and networking events, I have hardly had time to breathe, let alone write a post. But I’ve been hard at work on my health and fitness during my time away and have been working on switching up my workouts and pushing myself harder. And now I’m back with my blog. I’ve missed you, my fellow Fireworks in Progress!
I have spent the better part of the last three weeks in the Hamptons, Boston, Philadelphia, and New York City. While I wasn’t on my home turf, I was able to prove to myself that it is very possible to stay on track with workouts even while traveling and extremely busy. I even had some of my best workouts ever while traveling because I got to switch it up constantly and push myself in different ways according to what was available to me. Running my same routes can get boring; running at the beach, on the streets of Philadelphia or at Boston harbor provided fresh scenery. My strength training got a little switch up at a new gym, and my hotel rooms were the perfect place to get in some great circuit training. Staying on plan but with a twist! It kept things fresh and fun.
It’s usually very easy to get a good workout in in a hotel room. There are a ton of body weight exercises that you can do, even in a short amount of time, like my favorite time-crunch activity, the New York Times 7-minute workout. Even just doing a bunch of squats, pushups, and sit-ups or crunches can get your heart rate up and give you some great exercise in a short amount of time.
If there is a gym nearby, a day pass is a great option. While I was in the Hamptons, my future brother-in-law was kind enough to pay for the $30 daily fee for the gym (which is nearly what I pay for a full month at home!), so I made sure to make that workout count with a good 1000+ calorie burn. Thankfully it was a bit rainy that morning, because it’s a lot easier to skip out on the beach when it’s cold and wet.
Running outside is the perfect exercise that can be done anywhere in almost any weather, if you can stand the elements. I like to embrace them- every run is different, and a little rain or snow or sun makes each one challenging in it’s own way. While in the Hamptons, I ran 5 miles from my hotel to my sister and her fiancee’s house in the Hamptons, and even made friends with a horse along the way (I feel like we made friends, at least). What’s better than some wild animals to cheer you on midway through an uphill run on a 90-degree day? They’re out there sweating it out right along with you.
Even just walking places can be great exercise to make up for a missed gym day. I walked from Grand Central Station to the Upper West Side the other night while on my way to a dinner in order to get in some exercise. I was able to schedule in a bit of extra time before the dinner started in order to account for the 45-minute walk. Sure, a 10-minute subway ride would have gotten me there faster. But the food and wine was much more enjoyable and guilt-free knowing I had built in the time to get some exercise. And the 45 minute walk back gave me time to reflect and digest. An extra 90 minutes of exercise while walking around the greatest city in the world hardly feels like a chore!
So remember, it all starts with a desire and a plan. The opportunity to get fit is everywhere, so seize it. When you have a trip coming up, determine your goals and figure out how to achieve them. How much time can you spare each day? If you can squeeze in even just 7 minutes, you can get in a great workout. If you can build some extra walking time into your day, you’ll make a tremendous impact on your overall health. A gym is great, but not necessary. All you need is a little bit of motivation and your own two feet. As my dad famously says, “the world is your treadmill.” Use it!
I’ll be back with more posts on a regular basis now that things have calmed down a bit, and I’ve got some great recipes to share, so stay tuned!
How do you stay fit and healthy on-the-go? What are your favorite travel workouts?