Have a nice trip, see you next fall!

Whether it’s for business or pleasure, at some point in our lives we all depart from the comfort of our personal homes and routines to visit another location. It might be a quick trip to the next town over for a business conference or a cruise halfway around the world for months at a time. No matter what kind of trip it is, one thing is for sure, our normal exercise routines get tossed to the curb.

If you work out in a gym, suddenly you might not have access to familiar equipment or any equipment at all. So may you give up strength training because you were not prepared for change.

We are creatures of habit – while working a normal day job, we can stick to a routine pretty easily (wake up at the same time, eat at the same time, work out at the same time, go to sleep at the same time). So, when we start traveling, it is easy to give in and give up strength training if it is not our normal routine. It’s the why bother if we can’t use the gym mentality.

I am not asking you to pack your heavy weights and head out to Grandma’s house this Thanksgiving, but try tucking a resistance band into your purse or backpack before you head out the door. There are all kinds of videos of band exercise on the internet, just a little search and you can have a total workout right in your room.

If you happen to forget the band, you can always use your own body weight for a strength workout (there will be no excuses for leaving that behind). Pushups, planks, lunges, squats and burpees can give you a total body workout.

So get creative when you are traveling- Strength training is for everyone! Muscle mass decreases as part of the natural aging process, there is no time like now to strength train.