Exercises for Travel: Top 10 Travel to Do’s When You’re Away
- Traveling can be hard on the body, but there are many exercises that can be done while traveling to stay active and prevent soreness.
- Walking, yoga, stretching, calisthenics, and isometric exercises are all good options for staying active while traveling.
- Staying hydrated and eating healthy snacks like fruits and vegetables can also help keep the body feeling good during travel.
You’ve likely heard that traveling is the lifeblood of the soul. It can open your eyes. It can enrich your spirit. It can touch your heart. And it can wreak havoc on your feet, and your body.
It may also be difficult to get back into the groove of your exercise routine when you return from your travels. This makes it even more important to do travel exercises while you’re away. But what do you do when what you normally do isn’t doable?
Fortunately, traveling lends itself to a new world of exercising substitutes. This can be anything from skiing to snorkeling. It can also be as easy as hiking a trail on a remote mountain path or taking a 30-minute jaunt down a beach. If you’re in a city, exploring the neighborhoods on foot can keep you occupied for hours…and trust us, you’ll feel it the next day, if you’re not careful.
So here’s KURU’s list of top tens to keep you from really feeling the effects of your adventures.
Climb some, walk some, then do it again. It’s a whole lot better than a Stairmaster!
We already covered this, but we can’t emphasize it enough. Walk, walk, walk!
A few basic yoga moves before launching yourself into your day can stretch out muscles that might otherwise feel the results of your activities tomorrow.
If you can’t do yoga, try a little stretching on each area of your body before starting. An arm stretch, a hamstring stretch, and a calf stretch can go a long way to preventing soreness.
5. Work Those Abs
Don’t underestimate the power of a few good sit-ups! 10-15 a day while you’re away, will preserve your midsection workout.
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It’s the most basic of items, yet probably one of the most important. Remember to stay hydrated throughout your adventure. Whether it’s travel exercise or just basking in the sun, you’ll need it!
Jumping jacks, knee lifts, they all count. Just do it for 15-30 minutes, and you’re already headed in the right direction.
A good, sturdy pair of shoes will get you a long way.
8. Isometric Exercises
What if you’re sitting for a long period of time in a car and can’t get out? Squeeze your glutes 20 times, contract your abs for as long as possible, and extend and contract your leg if possible. Anything to keep your blood pumping.
It’s just so tempting to eat poorly while you’re away. But try and squeeze a salad in between those yummy calorie-laden dishes. Going to the local grocery store and getting some fresh produce and/or granola bars to snack on will help curb the calories and will give you more energy in the long run to tackle whatever awaits you!
These are just a few ideas to get you started. But they should at least temper the achy feeling of an unprepared body. By doing a few travel exercises beforehand, you’ll better prepare yourself for whatever travel adventures lie ahead.
10. Did We Mention Shoes?
A good, sturdy pair of shoes will go a long way. Whether you’re sightseeing or just brisk walking, make sure your shoes are comfortable and can keep up with you. And if you’re looking for a new pair of trusty shoes, KURU can help!
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