Who likes to travel? I do, and I bet most people do. But if you are traveling for a longer period of time, or backpacking (and working) like I am, there is a problem with how to stay active and work out. Especially when you do not have access to a gym, which is exactly my case. So, I have decided to dedicate a post to the topic and list a few tricks what I do.
TRY TO DO SOMETHING EVERY DAY
It might be a workout or just walking to the nearest park and back. While traveling, my goal is to see all the beautiful places around me, so I do a lot of walking during the weekends. During the week I work from 7 to 4 and after work I either do a workout or if I am tired or not in the mood, I do some stretching or go for a walk/a run. On the weekends or when I happen to have a day off from work I always do a home workout.
YOU DO NOT NEED A GYM TO WORK OUT
Back home in Estonia it was nearly impossible for me to work out at home because I had absolutely no motivation. I would rather take the bus to the gym and spend an hour or 2 there. In Australia I have discovered that working out at home is easier than I thought, but only outside. It is still hard for me to do it indoors in a tiny room (we are always staying in hostels or sharehouses that somehow only have very small rooms).
WORKOUT APPS MAKE IT REALLY EASY
Download an app that tells you when and what to do.I am currently using Fitnation, which I really recommend. There are tons of different workout plans to choose from, depending on what your goal is (flexibility, toning etc.) There is also a meal plan option, where you can again choose your goal and diet type.
Others apps that you can try are:
-Nike Training Club
-Map My Fitness (for running)
And many more.
DON’T FORGET TO WARM UP
Go for a run or do some quick cardio exercises to get you heart rate up. If you are training your booty always remember to do something to activate your glutes. This will guarantee better results.
I usually stick to these three. I do 30 reps for each leg and then proceed to my actual workout. You can do these exercises for the actual workout too, but in order to have some results you should definitely do more than that.
FIND TIME TO STRETCH
I love stretching, it always lifts my mood. What I like to do is stretch while also doing yoga. On the weekend I try to start at least one of my mornings with a yoga session. I do what I learned from the yoga class I attended back home, but there are tons of videos online to watch and learn how to do it.
Leggings from Lilybod
BE CREATIVE WHEN IT COMES TO WEIGHTS
I do not have any weights at home, so what I did was I took two empty 2-liter milk bottles and filled them with water. And instantly, I had two 2 kg weights. It is not what I am used to train with but it will do the job.
If I want to train with a 4 kg weight instead of 2 kg I just put both of the bottles in my backpack. It is really easy to get any weight you want by just adding stuff together.
And that’s it, really simple. Hope you liked it!