I have received many questions about how I stay in shape on the road, especially when I was racing mountain bikes. Hell yes!!! It is very difficult to stay in cycling shape. When traveling, you never know if you will have somewhere safe to cycle or even an available gym. Most RV parks don't have a gym like hotels, which forces me to be creative at times.
The challenge with staying fit on the road is often due to not having the right mental attitude. Let's face it; if you are not consistent while at home, You will make any excuse to miss a workout or eat healthy while you travel.
Find a Gym - I use Google maps to search for gyms in the local area. You should be able to find a 24-hour fitness or local gym. Call them before you arrive and ask if they offer a daily or weekly membership rate, or if they offer free trials. I personally try to stay away from the big name gyms and so should you unless you already have a membership. I have been very lucky with finding inexpensive gyms at most locations.
Gym Workout - The little secret to burning fat for me is going heavy in the gym with compound exercises. I usually break my workouts into three days: leg, chest/tris, and back/bis days.
Example of Leg Day:
Workout – If I’m unable to find a gym, below is sample workout:
As time permits I will make a few workout videos. Also in the future I will have guest trainers provide input.
There’s no reason why you cannot complete a workout while traveling. You already know all the reasons why exercising is so freakin important. It helps build muscle, make you stronger, and keep you healthier – it also helps ensure that the calories you consume are going towards building muscle and not getting stored as fat.
EATING LIKE IT’S A VACATION:
Don’t let all the hard work and focus be lost when traveling. If you find yourself taking off an entire week or more from healthy eating, it will be extremely hard to get back on track.
Try to keep things really simple: I focus mostly on consuming lean protein, eating vegetables, and minimizing my alcohol intake. I try my best to stay away from fried foods and starchy foods like white rice, white potatoes, bread, etc.
Keep the momentum going while traveling. Don't worry too much about falling short; just know that you have options. For me, it will be extremely hard to get back on track.
I would love to hear about your struggles with maintaining a workout and healthy eating while traveling?
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