It can sometimes be a real challenge to fit in a workout during a busy work day, especially if that is on the road while traveling. Here are 9 tips and tricks I learned while on the road for away games working as a collegiate coach.
1. Make it a priority
This is perhaps the most important piece. If you have your heart and mind set on the fact that you’re going to get your workout in for the day, it will happen. It’s just like making time to eat dinner, except this typically will be far less time consuming simply due to the fact that it’s far less time consuming to put on your workout gear and head down the hall than it is to drive to a restaurant, wait for a table, order food, wait for the food, wait to pay the bill, and drive back.
2. Know your schedule ahead of time
Planning your workout into your day makes it harder to come up with an excuse not to do it. Knowing your schedule the day before and where your workout can fit in will make it easier to go.
3. Know what you’re working with
While waiting for your flight, instead of burning time scrolling up and down Twitter or reading some news article on another presidential cabinet resignation, see what’s in your area as far as green space and gyms go. See if there’s an image of your hotel’s fitness center online. Personally, I am not super fond of hotel fitness centers, and if there is a gym within driving or running distance I would rather sign up there.
4. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
Being dehydrated is arguably one of the biggest factors that could deter you from getting your workout in because you just flat out don’t feel as good. Light headedness, fatigue, and joint and muscle stiffness can all be attributed to not getting enough water; thus, say no to that cranberry juice and yes to a cup of water on the plane. Drink at least another 8-12 ounces as soon as you can once you arrive at the airport. General rule of thumb: drink 250ml of water for every hour flying. Staying hydrated also makes you less susceptible to cold and flu germs.
6. Utilize guest passes
A lot of gyms will cater to potential new members by offering free day or even week passes. I recently was in Seattle and there was an LA Fitness down from where I was staying. I simply signed up online and was given a 5 day guest pass that I could scan at the door. No paperwork, no loop holes, just scan and go in.
7. Shorten your workout time
Making your workout short and sweet, such as a 30 minute circuit or 20 minutes of cardio intervals can help keep you motivated to go, especially if you only have one hour and need to factor in shower and time getting ready for the day. You’ll be glad later on that you did a little something instead of nothing.
8. Accountability buddy
If you are traveling alone, maybe you tell your significant other your plan to workout and have them follow up with you on whether or not you did it or not. This can be a powerful motivator for some people. For the lucky ones, maybe you travel with a business partner who is also interested in getting in a workout or two on the road. Use them!
9. Make use of green space
Bring your own jump rope with you. A good one will cost you no more than $7 and they can be used anywhere and diversify your workout. Find a green space (i.e. a park, field, etc.), and do a workout outside! Too much inside air can make you crazy.