18 Oct

Exercise & Travel (Easy Ways to Make them Fit Together)

Traveling Doesn’t Have to Mess Up Your Workout Schedule!

In this fun episode of Crunches and Cosmos I’m giving you some great tips to make sure that traveling never messes up your workout routine.  I’m interviewing Kelly, a small business owner and busy mom who travels more than anyone I know and still manages to stay on top of her exercise program.

We’re talking about how to fit exercise into your travel schedule no matter who you’re traveling with or why.  So, stay tuned!

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If you’re a woman with a family and a career and a crazy busy life who struggles with keeping or getting your exercise routine where you want it then I can help you.

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Before we get to the episode I wanted to share some news with you about Aaptiv.

The audio fitness app that I gave you every detail about in episode 7 of Crunches and Cosmos.

If you prefer reading then check out this post that tells you all the stuff you want to know about Aaptiv and has a link for a free trial to sign up.

So, here’s what’s new with Aaptiv>> —Body & Mind and the STORE!

Check out the new workout program called Body & Mind!

It’s a 5-week program that combines yoga, strength training and cardio.  So, pretty much everything!

You can find the Body & Mind program by opening your Aaptiv app and scrolling down to the ‘Programs’ category. The latest programs are all in there.

The other new announcement about Aaptiv is that they have a store now! What?!

Yep, it looks like they’ve paired up with Bose and LuluLemon to sell headphones, yoga mats and other cool accessories.  But my favorite products in the Aaptiv store are the new bundles.

They’ve bundled an Aaptiv membership with their new products so that you can buy a range of goodies all at once.  Yay!  With the holidays approaching this is a great gift idea!

So, let’s talk about exercise and travel…

In this episode of Crunches & Cosmos I interviewed one of my favorite people, Kelly,—she’s a fitness enthusiast, small business owner, mom to three awesome kids and one of my sisters.

Kelly and I cover the 4 most important things you need to think about when you’re getting ready to travel so that exercise will fit easily into your plans.

And at the end we dive into a list of cool exercise ideas you can use to plan your next trip.

I wanted to have her on the podcast today because I wanted to give women some tips for easily fitting exercise into their travel schedule and Kelly is my expert reference on this topic because she travels regularly for business and family trips and is great about fitting exercise into her travel plans.

So, several days a month Kelly is out of town overnight for some reason.

She takes trips with and for family, friends, getaways with her husband and business so she’s the perfect person to help me sort through all the things women need to think about when they’re traveling so they don’t fall off the exercise wagon because of a trip.

When we were preparing for this interview I asked her what was the most important thing about exercising when you go on a trip and this was what she said:

The most important tip and takeaway for today is that if you want to exercise when you’re on a trip you have to plan for that BEFORE YOU EVER LEAVE THE HOUSE.

Here are the 4 things you need to think about so that you can easily include exercise in every single overnight trip:

  1. PACK (appropriate) WORKOUT CLOTHES (seasonal and/or for the activity you plan to do). If you don’t have much space in your bag for workout clothes, remember some hotels, like Starwood, will rent out new workout clothes!
  2. Think about WHO you’re with and WHY you’re traveling—if it’s a business trip then you’ll have a schedule to consider (Friends? Kids? Just husband? Business?)—consider including the people you’re traveling with in on your plans to exercise so they’ll be excited, hold you accountable, and pack appropriately, too.
  3. Think about WHERE you’re going to be—the hotel and the city. Some hotels/resorts have the best exercise resources under their roof!  And some cities have amazing activities that you won’t find anywhere else.
  4. Do your RESEARCH so you can find out how much things cost and MAKE RESERVATIONS before you leave the house

20 cool ideas for specific ways to exercise on your next trip:

  • a local spin class
  • scuba diving
  • surfing
  • golfing
  • boot camp class
  • rock climbing
  • a kickboxing class
  • a short obstacle run/event like a mud run or inflatables run
  • water aerobics
  • roller blading
  • ice skating
  • a ropes course
  • a dance class (we did a country music dance class with my mom one time!)
  • aerial yoga
  • hot yoga
  • take a circus class
  • hike
  • rent those bikes!
  • zip lining
  • walk after lunch
  • ask the hotel concierge for ideas

The Fun Tip of the Day…

Today’s fun tip is from Kelly—smile with intention!

I love that!

These days we spend so much time on our devices and looking down and forget how important our body language is to communication.

So, take the time to look up and smile at other people today.  Let them know how you feel about them and about yourself with your expression.

Smiling changes your mindset and attitude and is contagious!


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You’re a warrior. Believe it.