by J. HUMENAY
Summer has almost arrived in the USA! The prospect of warmer, sunlit days breathes new life into the travel and tourist industry. If you aren’t one of those people who has attempted to lose weight or tone up for swimsuit season, you probably know someone who is doing just that right now.
And nothing throws off the rhythm of effective nutrition and training quite like travel, and even worse, “vacation.”
I’m a true believer in moderation in all things — even hard-hitting HIIT, weight lifting, and CrossFit now and then. In fact, there is a strong argument that it’s healthy to take a breather and let your muscles, mind, and spirit heal when you’re starting to feel burnt out. Often times you come back harder, stronger, and more inspired for the break — at least I know I have. But that said, I find I don’t enjoy taking more than two to four days off of training, and I can’t enjoy any vacation if my body is aching from poor nutrition. That isn’t the case for everyone, of course; every single body is different.
The whole point of working toward a healthy lifestyle is to suck the marrow out of life, right? But when you’re on vacation, that doesn’t have to mean getting up at o’dark’thirty to track down and earn your way into a local CrossFit box (though that can be fun) and collapse back in your hotel room every night.
Here are a few things you can do to enjoy your vacation and still keep your fitness in check.
1. Travel with the Essentials.
Proper athletic wear — including shoes — are essentials. If I’m not wearing them on the plane, they are close at hand in my carry on bag. Not only are they handy if my checked bags never arrive, but they allow me to get my WOD on whenever I have the time and inspiration to do so. A good speed rope is also an essential. I have one that fits into my backpack and squeezes into a purse. Security at airports usually doesn’t hassle me about it in my carry on (though they might ask you to check it — always follow TSA’s orders). Between that rope and body weight movements alone, I have an instant gym no matter what sleeping accommodations (be it hotel, camp ground, cruise ship, or airport terminal…) I’m in. And you know, having extra deodorant handy might not be a bad idea either.