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by J. HUMENAY

You CAN Take It with You: 5 Common Sense Tips and Tricks to Tackle Travel
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.

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)…
While having time frames is a vital piece of goal setting, this is prime time for crash dieting… or worse, losing focus on what you’ve worked so long to gain.

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.

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.

2. Seize the Moment!

[B]ust out that speed rope…. you’ll give your fellow travelers a story to tell others about that crazy fit person at the airport.
For a real-world example, my husband was on the phone during our vacation, catching up with some family. I got down on the floor in the hotel room and did an AMRAP of sit ups and push ups while he talked. My husband is a passionate guy, so he can talk. Great workout, and it didn’t take any time away from our day. Got time sitting around an airport? Find some empty carpet and bust out that speed rope for unbroken skips to match the gate number. Or get a little inspired:  for example, waiting at Gate 58B might be translate into 5 rounds of 8 burpees for time after a 58 skip buy in. (This is a great way to tire out little kids who are acting up while traveling, too.) Each brief activity adds up — and can make sitting in airplane seats for hours more tolerable. Plus you’ll give your fellow travelers a story to tell others about that crazy fit person at the airport.

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