Keeping up the motivation to workout every day is tough and it’s even harder when I’m traveling. Usually, when I’m on holiday all I want to do after a day of sight-seeing is crash on the hotel bed.
However, exercising is so integral to making me feel good that I try to squeeze in at least 30 minutes (burns roughly 300 calories) of exercise per travel day. Instead of relying on the hotels having a gym, I either choose to work out to a particular fitness video, or I do Tabata training.
Tabata training is a Japanese workout method that features doing high intensity interval training for short periods of time, with shorter rest. There are lots of different Tabata workouts, but I like the one I have created because it works my whole body:
For each set (each number), there are 5 repetitions, 20 seconds each with 10 seconds rest.
- Star jumps
- Push ups
- Sit ups
- Tricep dips
- Jumps (getting your knees to your chest)
This whole workout is quite short, which is perfect for squeezing in when travelling, and can be done in your hotel room in front of the TV because it doesn’t rely on equipment. If you want to work yourself for longer, obviously you can do more reps or do the whole workout twice through.
If I am feeling like a more intense workout or I need a source of motivation I use a video I have downloaded onto my phone from Youtube. There are thousands of workout videos on Youtube, but this particular video is my favourite because the personal trainers are really positive and encouraging, which is great because I have zero motivation for fitness when I’ve spent the day relaxing.
Again this workout doesn’t require any equipment, which is essential because who wants to fill up their suitcase with 10kg of weights.
I know it’s really tough to exercise on holiday but I find it does leave me feeling happier and healthier, and more excited to try all the exotic meals I’m buying.