Despite all of the busy airplane lines, cramped hotel rooms, and uneasy feelings of meeting new people, staying fit while traveling is easier than most people realize. If you are motivated enough to stay fit then there is no doubt that you will achieve whatever you want. Okay so now I`m motivated, but what will help me maintain a decent physique while i`m 500 miles from home? You are going to learn the basics of bodybuilding while traveling and be able to use this information to your advantage.
The equipment you choose is going to be one of the toughest choices you make because access to gym equipment may not become available. You are going to have be creative and develop a split based on your goals. Pushups will work your front delts and chest and is a good way to for getting your heart rate elevated. Squats and lunges will work your quads, glutes and hamstrings. Dips from a chair with feet on the floor will work your triceps. Jumping rope for 2 - 3 minutes will get your sweat flowing so don`t forget to pack a jump rope in your suitcase before leaving.
The other part of the bodybuilding equation is eating right. Before you leave and are hitting up the local grocery store, you should be shopping for protein bars, canned tuna, chicken breasts, eggs. Just make sure you remember to refridgerate the eggs and freeze the chicken breasts. When packing your meals, you need to choose foods that are slow digesting and have an adequate amount of protein. Vegetables contain a numerous supply of vitamins and minerals and they also keep you energized throughout the day. Sandwiches may be frozen overnight and will be ready to eat by lunch time the next day. For the bread, you should be eating whole grain breads but it also must freeze well. Be sure to also drink just enough water to satisfy and do not go overboard. You don`t want be having to urinate every ten minutes or you`re vacation will start to become a nightmare.
If you have ankle weights, use them to add resistance to your exercises or stick them to your wrists if your dumbbell is not heavy enough. Make sure that you watch your diet, if you eat more than you should, add more jumping jack sessions to burn the extra calories. How well you sleep will depend on many factors and will vary from person to person. You may want to pack some tylenol PM just in case.
As I stated previously, being motivated is the only way you are going to be able to maintain a decent body while you`re on the road. I see way to many people, who are into fitness, go on vacation, gain five pounds, and come back wondering what had happened. You do not want to be one of these people. Doing this can also make you quit bodybuilding altogether just from the week vacation you took . On the road, do whatever you can do, it doesnt matter if it`s very little exercise, that`s still better than doing none since you keep your mind trained that it needs to be exercising.
December 23, 2005