By Ryan Burke
Last Updated: 3/5/23
With Spring Break quickly approaching, now is a good time to consider your fitness goals and make plans to maintain your exercise frequency while traveling. Regardless of your location or situation, you must have the “tools” to train yourself effectively. Those tools are more easily found than you may think.
Access to exercise facilities is nice, but certainly not necessary. Packing some exercise tubing, a TRX, or simply using a few toys you find around the pool is all you need. Success hinges on commitment and know-how. You already know how to do many of the exercises. In fact, many of them have been previous Focus Points! Push-ups, planks and squatting are all appropriate for most travel programs. The secret is to understand how to sequence these exercises and develop the right pace…another Focus Point!
When traveling, seek to maintain your fitness level. Studies have shown that as little as two weeks of inactivity can significantly decrease fitness levels, often taking weeks to regain. If you can return home without having to take a step backward with your training, then you have been quite successful. Accomplishing this takes less time and effort than you may think. According to our position statement on frequency of exercise, two training sessions per week is enough to maintain your fitness as long as you space them out appropriately throughout the week. Training every 48 to 72 hours will do the trick.
Traveling is an inevitable and enjoyable part of our lives. Don’t let it be a roadblock to successfully maintaining your fitness. If you haven’t already, ask your trainer about getting set up with a “To-Go!” program or to schedule a virtual session today!