During the holidays, over 90 million Americans travel at least 50 miles away from home according the AAA. This kind of routine shift during the more glutenous season can be an excuse to ignore your regular workout routine. It’s much harder to pick it back up once the new year rolls around if your body forgets what the happy endorphins feel like! Don’t break your habit, adjust it with these tips on how to workout when you are away from home wether it’s year round or just during the holiday season.
Try out a new studio
If you are staying with relatives, quarters may be cramped. While of course you can bring your sneakers and go for a job outside, it’s more fun to sweat with others in a class setting especially if you live up north. Use a website like Yelp or GoRecess to discover studios near by. Many have discounted first class pricing offers. Don’t be afraid to try something new like a Pilates class using a Mega-reformer or intense bootcamp like Barry’s.
Bring Your Laptop
If you love to workout in the comfort of your home or hotel room, bring a laptop and watch your favorite of online fitness videos or bring your own DVD. Plan ahead of time which workout you are going to do on what day to avoid procrastination and never getting it done. Try this Black Friday bootcamp available for free on YouTube for a quick, total body 15 minute burn before you shop to work off the extra Thanksgiving day calories.
Find a Race Nearby
Turkey Trots have become a growing trend among close knit communities. These races are often 5-10K in length, making it perfect for even beginners. Look online at Active.com or RaceMenu.com to find a race near by. Make it a family event and invite the whole gang to join you before the feast. Some races are the day of Thanksgiving while others are the day after or on the weekend. Paying money to register will be added motivation to prevent skipping the big day.
Explore Your Temporary Neighborhood
When I travel, one of my favorite ways to explore the area is to go for a run throughout. Sometimes I’ll check a map to make sure I follow a scenic or historical route, but other times I enjoy just getting lost. I check my watch about ½ way through my anticipated workout and turn around if I’m lost, otherwise I try to make it a full circle, sometimes going further than planned but it always leaves me feeling accomplished and cultured. I recently visited Philadelphia for a wedding and ran up the Rocky stairs. I wouldn’t have seen them if I hadn’t!
Take Advantage of a Hotel Gym
While traveling last year in Buenos Aires, I enjoyed using the hotel gym along with my favorite fitness app, Nike Training Club. This app uses select pieces of equipment and brings you through a total body workout that is 30 or 45 minutes long, that is sure to make you work up a serious sweat. It’s like a having a personal trainer. It’s free to download and features over 20 routines for you to choose from. Yes, you need a smart phone but it does not require WiFi as long as you have it already have it on your phone.
BIO: Sarah Dussault is one of YouTube’s most viewed fitness guru’s of all time with over 115 million views and 120K subscribers to date. As a full time fitness YouTuber and blogger at SarahFit.com, Dussault keeps busy traveling across the country shooting fitness videos and checking out the hottest fitness events. A certified personal trainer, she also currently enrolled at the Institute of Integrated Nutrition to become a health coach. In 2012 she was named by Mashable, Teen Vogue and FabFitFun as one of the top 10 YouTube Fitness Gurus to follow. She has appeared in Women’s Health, Men’s Health, Glamour, Shape.com, FitnessMagazine.com and Teen Vogue. Sarah has signed to do a targeted health, fitness and lifestyle book for McMillian publishing to be released in 2013. Check out Sarah’s YouTube channel at YouTube.com/SarahFit . Twitter @SarahDussault.