Keeping fit is a commitment that many athletes take seriously. Whatever the sporting goal may be, one’s level of fitness can make or break the chance of achieving it. But sticking to a regular workout routine may sometimes be a daunting feat, especially for busy athletes. It becomes even trickier when there is a lot of traveling involved. If you want to make exercise one of your priorities while traveling, here are some strategies that can help you get started.
1. Stay committed. Everything is doable if you commit to it. And regular exercise is high on the list of must-dos that you can actually stick to if you choose to. You just have to get past the real or perceived obstacles that may hinder you from doing it. Foremost of which would be the initial inconveniences when you try to squeeze in some exercise time to your tight travel schedules. You should also be prepared to work around the inherent challenges of traveling. The hours can be unpredictable and you might have to deal with unexpected changes to your travel schedules. When you commit to your fitness goals, you are more likely to find ways to make room for exercise every day.
2. Maximize free time. Plan your day ahead so you can manage your time well. Set aside some time for exercise. If that is not possible given your itinerary, squeeze in exercise or any physical activity during your free time. Instead of sitting down for long stretches of time, you can spend it moving around. Maximize waiting times by going for a walk even just in building corridors.
3. Adapt. Exercise does not have to follow a rigid schedule. Chances are you will have more time for exercise if you just take advantage of every little time you can spare. Apart from a regular workout routine, come up with a list of other activities that could get you moving throughout the day. If you are just starting a fitness routine, aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercises. You can either complete a workout at one go or divide your exercise goal time in chunks of three 10-minute exercises. The more short exercises you can do in a day, the easier it gets make your fitness routine stick.
4. Eat nutritious meals. Eating the right foods can help you sustain the energy to exercise on top of the many other things you have to do during your work trips. Maintaining a healthy diet has always been essential to a good fitness plan. Some foods can even provide you with the energy boost you might need to stick to your workouts.