Healthy Living While Travelling

Tree Pose in the heart of Singapore

Maybe some of you travel a lot for work, like A LOT! Now, the question then is this: how do you stay in shape while travelling? It can be hard to stay motivated to stay on track with your fitness regimen if you’ve sat on plane for 6+ hours, spent hours sitting around airports waiting for connecting flights, so by the time you finally get to your hotel room, all you want to do is crash on your bed and eat tons of junk food!

Of course, if you’re fortunate enough that you’re staying in a nice hotel room with a gym, then that’s great – you have no excuses not to do your workout. Most hotel gyms are deserted anyway, so if you walk in with your workout DVD and a laptop, you should be fine doing your workout there. If there’s no hotel gym, then it’s a good idea to pack some Insanity DVDs or P90X UML Mammoth or Road Warrior so that you can do the workout in the comfort of your hotel room without any equipment.

A couple of days ago, I had the opportunity to be a “travel bum,” going through long hours of flight and layovers of up to 13 hours in Singapore and Tokyo. I think we all have to agree that the food on the plane is never 100% clean; sure there might be some vegetables, but then you might also have 2 type of desserts…. or something like that.

So while I do feel guilty with the crappy food, it is what is…. but at the same time I know I’ve been such a good boy the previous few weeks with a clean diet of healthy lean food. Even so, while killing time at Changi Airport, Singapore, during my 13 hours layover, I came up with few simple moves that ANYONE can do while traveling (it’d be useful to travel in your most comfortable clothes though) that should help make up for the less than totally diet you’re going to have while in the air.

10 min workout:
  1. Pushups at max reps (min 20 reps): If you’re a beginner, you might still having hard time doing 20 pushups, so I recommend that you do them on your knee. In this case, I did about 60 reps!
  2. Warrior 1 alternate lunge aka Mary Katherine Lunge (30-50 reps)
  3. Inverted Pullup (20-50 reps): This might be tricky to do at an airport, but you just need to be creative and find some rail where you can do this.
  4. Mason Twist aka Russian Twist: 20 reps
  5. Repeat 1-4

Do the workout with minimal or no rest, so it should take you anywhere between 10-15 min. Not bad huh? Basically this is the same concept of 10-Min-Trainer with Tony Horton: you do intense routines for 10 min and you’re good to go for the day.

So, no more excuses not to stay fit even while you’re on the road. It is all about consistency 🙂 And Happy late Eid Mubarak to all my Muslim readers!