Jetting Off For A Vaycay? Here Are 10 Ways To #StayFit When You're #Traveling

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I’ve made exercise a consistent habit in my life. I’m one of those people that consistent has to be moving and doing something. When in San Francisco that meant feeding my SoulCycle addiction 3-4 times per week and keeping balanced with yoga 4-5 times a week, with the occasional throwing in a Bikram session or pilates reformer session. In Portland, boxing, sculpt yoga and megaformer classes have been my go-to. And, even while we traveled around as digital nomads, my husband Gregg and I managed to keep a routine beyond the ridiculous amount of walking we did on any given day. But, I get it…

Keeping fit while traveling can be difficult if not an impossible task to manage. Especially if you are traveling for work, the demands of a busy schedule, rushing around from place to place, can leave you with absolutely no time to keep up your regular exercise program. Staying in shape relies on one major factor-consistency. Consistency in what you eat and consistency in your fitness program will ensure that you keep fit and healthy all the time. But what happens when you are on the move all the time?

Traveling for pleasure is also a difficult time to keep up the fitness regime. A glass of wine and a nice juicy burger seems much more attractive than trying to find yourself a safe and appropriate place to exercise in a foreign city.

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1. HAVE THE RIGHT MINDSET

Working out while traveling can be easy, but only if you have the right mindset. Leaving with only vague ideas about exercise will give you every opportunity to make excuses when exhaustion, stress, and responsibilities start piling up. Instead, plan ahead. Pack workout clothes and shoes and research your destination to learn about your hotel’s gym access or other opportunities to exercise in the area. Exercising doesn’t need to be an elaborate, exhaustive process, especially when you’re on the road. Even doing something simple make a difference for your overall health.

2. SCOPE OUT THE FITNESS SCENE

In almost any location you visit, you’ll be bound to find a yoga studio, a gym or studio. With apps like ClassPass, it makes it easy to find studios near you!

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3. PACK THE RIGHT TOOLS

Obviously you can skip the dumbbells, but there’s plenty of light equipment you can bring with you. Your best bet is a jump rope. You burn the most calories per minute with jump rope than with any other cardio. Other feather-light options to toss in your suitcase are resistance bands, and in a pinch, water bottles make decent hand weights.

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4. STAY ACTIVE

Whether it’s biking around town, walking over taking a cab or going for a hike, I like to stay active. Finding ways to stay active is important. Choosing to walk or bike over taking a cab or metro is great exercise and a great way to explore and see a city. From swimming at the beach or hotel pool to running – the list is endless.

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5. WORKOUT ANYWHERE

With online services like Barre3 or Physice57, they allow you to workout virtually anywhere and maintain a practice from where ever. And, of course, there is Instagram! There are so many fitness babes on there to get workouts from. My favorite is Tara Laferrara of @Lafitara!

6. EXERCISE FIRST THING IN THE MORNING

When we are on vacation or traveling it is even easier to let ourselves give excuses as to why we can’t exercise. This is especially true as we get later in the day; stuff happens, things come up and fun times appear spontaneously.Exercising in the morning will have you feeling unbelievably better about being done with your exercise and ready to move on with the days’ adventures, trust me.

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7. TONE IT UP WITH YOUTUBE

Tone It Up is the brainchild of best friends Katrina Scott and Karena Dawn — two adorable, super-fit trainers (whom I wish I was friends with), started out filming their workouts on the beaches of Southern California and posting them on YouTube. Today, Tone It Up is a multi-million dollar fitness empire that includes everything from a nutrition plan to workout DVDs, to protein powders, to a reality show on Bravo. Staying fit while traveling with Tone It Up is so simple. You can use the videos on YouTube or Subscribe to their newsletter that includes a monthly workout plan — all for free. The best part is that you can work out in the comfort of your hotel room and use furniture as props.

8. STAY MOTIVATED

I’m a big fan of informative and motivating email newsletters. With most of my reading falling under technology, travel, and culture; Mind Body Green is an encouraging resource for health, fitness, and lifestyle content that changes up my regular literary intake. The newsletters offer great advice on diet and nutrition; fitness routines; and lifestyle changes (habit techniques, meditation, and positive thinking). I particularly like this letter because it’s clean and nicely organized, and it’s right to the point which makes for a quick skim when you’ve got a big day of reading, sightseeing and exploring.

9. HOTEL GYM SCENE

When booking your business or holiday accommodation, find out if they have a gym on the premises. Many of the upmarket hotels have a spa and a fully kitted out gym as a standard addition, and you will not have to travel anywhere to fit your exercise regime into your day and keeping fit will be easier than ever, because apart from completely different scenery, you can still keep some of your daily routine intact.

10. STAY COMMITTED

If you are on an extended trip away from your home, stay focused and committed to staying in shape. Try and remember all the hard work that you have put in before you left home and even though you may not be able to continue the high pace of your workouts away from home, try and implement a steady maintenance work out for keeping fit. Take the stairs, avoid the lift, get your taxi to drop you off a few blocks from the office or your hotel and walk the rest of the way. If you are committed, you will find it easier to maintain your focus.

How do you keep fit while traveling?

5 Genius Ways To Make Over & Boost Your Metabolism

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Don’t ignore how important your metabolism is. It’s quite simply, the science behind maintaining a healthy weight and body. Your metabolism is the set of biochemical processes that transform food into body fuel. And with all the chemical processes that continuously go on inside your body, if you can influence your metabolism it can make a big difference. Here are some ways you can make over your metabolism:

STOP CRASH DIETING

Though your slow metabolism might be reason for your weight gain in the first place. One of the worst things you can do is to crash diet. By drastically lowering your food intake, your body will think something is seriously wrong and it will go in to what can be described as survival mode, which means that it will slow down your metabolism completely because it thinks you are being starved. This is opposite of what you want to happen!

DO SOME H.I.I.T

One way to give your metabolism a makeover is to try H.I.I.T. or high-intensity interval training. Your metabolism is a direct product of your activity levels, which means that when you are resting, your metabolism will be slow. Getting involved in higher intensity workouts means that you will be exposing your body at much stronger levels of activity on a regular basis, and consequently, your metabolism will pick up the pace to stay in accordance with your physicality.

GET REGULAR SLEEP

Along with good exercise, good sleep is also a key component to kick starting your metabolism. Getting the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep each night will boost your energy levels and naturally increase your productivity. It has also been discovered that people who only get an average of 4 hours of sleep a night burn calories much slower than those who get seven to eight hours.

TURN DOWN THE HEATING

As a general population trend, we are all living in environments that are too warm for our metabolisms to really flourish. Evidence has shown that reducing the temperature of your living space can cause something called non-shivering thermogenesis which helps to activate the ‘good’ brown fat that naturally protects you instead of the white fat that stores excess calories. Basically, being slightly colder is better for your metabolism.

AVOID SUGAR

It sounds like an obvious tip to give but it’s worth repeating. The truth of the matter is that a healthy diet promotes a healthy metabolism, and the healthiest diets are those that avoid excessive amounts of sugar. Don’t let your body become too accustomed to high-carb foods because it will accept those as the norm and your metabolism will slow down as a result. Not to mention the risk of type 2 diabetes.

LIFT WEIGHTS

The image of people who lift weights as these huge body builders is false, and resistance and strength training is fast becoming one of the most popular forms of exercise today. While it is about calories and weight loss, gaining a leaner body and greater muscle mass is critical for staving off the possibility of type 2 diabetes, and this glucose control also helps to kick start your metabolism and keep it working the way you want it to.

4 Ways To Keep Fit In Your Hotel Room While Traveling

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I recently guest posted on for Encircled, providing some awesome tips to keeping fit while traveling.

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Travel is a rewarding experience whether it be for pleasure or business. There is something very exciting about being in a new place. But, traveling can also be a huge obstacle for anyone trying to stick to their fitness goals and stay in shape while on the road.

It's easy to stray away from your fitness goals while traveling, especially when vacationing or when traveling with work and you've got an expense account. I don't blame you! When your mind is relaxed and is RnR mode or distracted by a business trip, the last thing you think about is getting in a few pushups or being in a gym.

Instead of letting yourself get sidetracked, commit to at least 15-30 minutes a day of doing some type of exercise. I've found that the best time to exercise is early in the morning, especially when traveling with family.

There are 4 different workouts you can do in your hotel room, and virtually anywhere. Read the full post on Encircled Blog: 4 Ways To Keep Fit In Your Hotel Room While Traveling