Working out while on the road is challenging, just ask your consultant friend that travels for work more days than not. The toughest part for most of us is finding the motivation to get started. There are plenty of road blocks from wrangling kids, a new environment, lack of equipment. If you don’t find yourself jumping out of bed for a 7am run, here are some things that might get your engine revving:
1. Maintenance. You don’t need to break any records when you’re on the road, just remind yourself that you’re just working to maintain your fitness level. Keep in mind the length of your trip, too: a two-day break isn’t likely to set you back, but taking a whole week off isn’t going to help you meet your goals any faster.
2. Don’t let perfect be the enemy of the good. Don’t have the time or space for a perfect workout? Don’t have any equipment? That, my friend, is not a good enough excuse to skip it all together. There is usually a work-around to be found. Some sort of movement is better than none at all. 20 push-ups is better than none.
3. Calorie Insurance. We’re all about keeping a healthy balance in mind; i.e., not beating yourself up over your food choices on a holiday is not what we recommend. But giving yourself a little cushion calorie-wise is a way to help allay some of the big meal guilt.
4. TELL SOMEONE. Yes, tell someone that you are going to work out. Tell your Facebook friend, yes, you can be that person. it’s okay. Tell your BCSF trainer. Email our general inbox (firstname.lastname@example.org). Make a date with a long-lost friend. The likelihood that you’ll do a workout that you have already talked about, bragged about, or announced is way more likely to happen. You can find a little time to squeeze in a workout.
Now, if you have the motivation, but you have a few road blocks:
1. Enlist. If you’re a social butterfly (and you probably are if you like BCSF) and are bummed that you don’t have anyone to workout with, find a cousin or sibling that will go with you. This might be an opportunity to teach them what you know about fitness if they are less experienced than you, or if they are more experience take the opportunity to learn from them, or simply be inspired and get a little push from them.
If you don’t have anyone in your family ready to go and are visiting an area where you have a network, put a call out on social media for a workout buddy for the weekend. You just might find that your junior high BFF is now a running junkie/gym rat/yogi master. Re-connecting over fitness? Now that’s something we can get behind!
2. Equipment-less. Most of you have probably been in a BCSF class where minimal equipment was used. Harness that idea and know that it’s okay to use bodyweight for a workout. It’ll work just fine, trust us.
3. Ideas! Not sure what to do? No problem! Here’s some workouts we designed just for you. Give ’em a whirl. Tell us what you think!