Fitness on the Fly

Almost missing your flight shouldn’t be the only time you break a sweat. Here’s how you can stay in shape while you jet-set.

WALK THE TERMINAL

Flight delayed? Rather than sitting in the airport lounge munching on stale crackers, cheese and a glass of vino, take a brisk walk around the airport. Bonus. Another excuse to go shopping.

BOOK THE RIGHT HOTEL

Searching for a hotel with a gym or swimming pool really helps make training on holiday or business trip a breeze. The great thing about staying in a hotel with a gym is that you can workout first thing in the morning. This maximises your chances of getting your workout in before the days starts tempting you to do all things touristy.

fitness while you travel

PACK A WORKOUT

Obviously you can skip the dumbbells, but there’s plenty of light equipment you can bring with you. A jump rope or resistance bands are handy portable fitness equipment that take up less room than a pair of Christian Louboutins, so you can squeeze in a great workout in the comfort of your hotel room.

BE CREATIVE

Even if you don’t pack a single fitness tool, you can work up a sweat with simple bodyweight exercises. For a simple circuit suggestion try 3 sets of 25 star jumps, 60 seconds of pushups, 30 seconds of lunges each leg, 60 seconds of sit ups, 60 seconds of squats, 30 seconds holding the plank pose, then repeat this circuit 3 times.

MAKE A PLAN

From airline and hotel reservations to itineraries, every detail of the trip is planned well in advance. So why not schedule your workout like you do a meeting? Plotting out when you’ll actually fit in your workout (and what you’ll do) ahead of time is the key to making sure it happens. So, when you’re on the plane, take a few minutes to review your schedule and find time for your workout each day.

EMBRACE YOUR SURROUNDINGS

If you are on a beach holiday (lucky you!), head to the water for your workouts. Try surfing, stand-up paddle boarding (SUP), snorkelling, windsurfing or kite surfing for a more adventurous twist. If you’re in an urban setting, walking is the best way to find hidden gems in the destination you are visiting. So swap heels for trainers and see the sites and explore the shops before they open to know your way around.

yoga on the beach

EAT SENSIBLY

When you travel it’s way too easy to break from the usual routine and eat foods you usually avoid, such as fast food. While you can’t plan ahead for every meal, you can pack healthy snacks, such as nuts, fruit or make your own trail mix that you can enjoy on the plane or in your hotel room. It will help you avoid the hotel mini bar or an afternoon jaunt to the coffee shop for a pastry.

Bon Voyage – stay well, stay active!

This post was originally published in Viva magazine Dubai.