Instructor & Trainer Kevin Murnane shares his tips on how to travel while still maintaining your fitness routine!
Do you love to travel? Planning a trip that includes a stay at an AirBnb? Feeling at a loss for how to keep up with your exercise routine while you’re away (when many places on AirBnb don’t have a gym!!!)?
My husband and I recently completed an epic journey through much of Scandinavia in northern Europe. We were abroad for a whopping 18 days (!!!), traveling to five countries, including Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Estonia, and Finland.
We covered a lot of ground in just under 3 weeks, bouncing around from place to place by plane, train, boat, and automobile, and we made a concerted effort to travel light, carrying only 1 small duffle each. We discovered AirBnb a few years back, and (when researched properly to find just the right place) found it to be an easy, convenient, and cost-effective way to stay when traveling. For this trip in particular, it enabled us to meet the locals (who graciously hosted us and gave us recommendations for food & sightseeing), explore charming towns/neighborhoods/areas that we might not otherwise see, and, very importantly, we could do our laundry there!
There was only one problem: how would we work out?!
Unlike hotels, AirBnb spots usually do NOT have a gym facility. Of course we would be walking a lot and could go for a jog for cardio, but I figured that we needed something else to keep us in relatively good shape. As we prepared for the trip and began packing, I decided to pack 3 small items (2 purple gliding discs, one long Theraband and one mini circular band) which hardly took up any space in my suitcase:
Although they don’t seem like much, I use these items when I teach the Long & Lean class at The P.E. Club. They are great for helping with strengthening and toning exercises for the whole body, including arms, legs, glutes, and abs. The exercises are simple, challenging, and don’t require a lot of space or time. And while there are, of course, ways to push yourself harder and in different ways back home at the gym and while taking classes, think of these exercises as good maintenance for your time away… it will help ease the transition back to your exercise routine once you return from your travels.
Check out my full-length vacation workout with props that fit right in your suitcase!
- The exercise props used in the videos can all be ordered on amazon.com.
- Glider substitutes: use a small hand towel for carpeting, use paper plates or paper towels for hardwood floors.
- If you don’t have a mini circular band, you can do the exercises without it - you’ll still feel the burn, the band just makes it a bit more challenging & fun.