Exercise while traveling?

Written by Kristen Simon

Exercise is at the heart of what we do at KORE. While it’s totally fine to take a break from working out - recovery is a part of a healthy life - maybe you want to stick to your exercise routine while on vacation.

Now, sure, it’s easy enough to google travel workouts, or for us to provide you with some (we already have some on the YouTube page!), but actually making those workouts happen...that’s another story. We want to get at the heart of what makes exercising while traveling so difficult for some folks, and what we can do to change that.

So take a minute and reflect on your last vacation (or business trip, or weekend). How did you spend your time? What did you do during the day? Were you active? How’d you feel when you came home? Did you feel like you’d taken a step back in your training? More importantly, did you feel guilty about missing workouts? I’m willing to bet that your answer is yes - you felt guilty, you felt like you took a step back, you wish you’d moved more, and you’re frustrated with going through this cycle every time you travel!

Now, let’s talk about why this happens. When you’re traveling, or even on the weekend, you’re off your normal schedule, your normal routine. We’re creatures of habit: generally we wake up, eat, work, exercise, and sleep at the same times, every day (every weekday at least). That’s what throws us off on vacation: we’re up later, so we sleep in later. Meals are served to us, or enjoyed with others, so we eat at a different time. And our days revolve around planned activities and outings, so it’s easy to feel like we don’t have time to fit in a workout.

There’s another reason you may skip your workout on vacation: you think of vacation as a break from everything. From work, from your day-to-day life, from responsibilities, and from doing the things you normally do at home. Now, there’s some value to be had in taking a break, absolutely. But spend some time reflecting on why exercise is a part of your life to begin with. For me, it makes me feel good. Plain and simple. Mentally and physically, it makes me feel good. I’m happier, more energetic, more positive, more mindful, and I feel stronger! ...why wouldn’t I want to feel that way on vacation too? Seriously. I want all the good feels while I’m taking a break from my other responsibilities, and exercise feels good.

Maybe this isn’t something you struggle with - if that’s the case, we’d like to hear from you! Use the comment box below to share with others how you make exercise work for you on vacation, some of your favorite travel workouts, and whatever else you think might be useful! In our travel well series, we’re going to be sharing tips, workouts, and ideas to help you fill your next vacation with more movement.  Sign up here if you haven't already

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