The past 10 days I’ve spent in Vancouver for a music teachers’ conference followed by a little R&R. Being away from home can throw a wrench into your workout schedule (and many singers do spent a great deal of time traveling), but with planning and creativity, there’s no reason why you should shelf your workouts while traveling. Here are some of the things I did to maintain my fitness followed by a list of things anyone who travels can do.
The first few days I spent at the Airport Sheraton. They have a wonderful fitness facility. I did strength training and treadmill runs there daily in the mornings before the conference started. Unfortunately the pool was too small to get a good swim workout in. I’ve gone 10 days without that or cycling, so now that I’m home I’ll have to concentrate on those a little more to get ready for my August triathlons. After the conference, I stayed with a friend, so my workouts consisted of a mixed bag of activities. One day consisted of lots of walking while sightseeing (we covered 12-15 km on foot). There was a very nice park with a nature trail nearby, so one day we walked it and another day I did my interval run there. The nice thing about running in the area for this prairie girl was that there were plenty of hills to add more challenge.
On my final day, I tackled Grouse Mountain on the infamous Grouse Grind. This is 2.9 km up. They say the average time is one and a half to two hours to complete. Since I’m in pretty good shape I did it in 70 minutes, but still far from the female record of 35 minutes. The male record is 25:01. You would have to run up to get those times. I just plodded along enjoying the moment, but still sweating and feeling my quads burn.
Throughout my stay, I also threw in some streaming online workouts from Beachbody on Demand. These are great because they are structured and will give you more balance whole body workouts, so I could work on my core and upper body. These are the workouts that you can try out in The Fit Singer Fit Club 30 Day Challenge.
So what can you do if you are traveling and need to get you workouts done?
If you are planning a vacation or will have free time during your professional trip, try to make it as active as possible. Walk a lot, but briskly. Strolling through a market stopping at every stall or checking out museum exhibits doesn’t count. Many destinations have bike rentals. In fact, bike vacations are a great way to see some countryside and stay fit.
If you are staying in a hotel, most have some sort of fitness facility. Check it out. The most basic will have a treadmill, a bike and a universal machine. More upscale facilities have more equipment that can also include free weights and stability balls.
If you need specific equipment that your hotel facility doesn’t have, check out if there are any gyms in the area where you can get a week pass or pay a drop-in fee.
If you don’t have access to a fitness room/gym, feel uncomfortable going to one or you are pressed for time, then you can keep your workouts in your room. You can try basic body weight workouts or pack a resistance band (takes up so little space). If you want something more structured try the Beachbody on Demand programs, most are 30 minutes or less, so you can get your workout out of the way and get on with your day anytime, anyplace.
So there is no shortage of options to continue working on your fitness goals while you are away from home. No excuses! If you want more information or advice on workouts while you’re away, feel free to contact me.