When the year wears on and the weather starts to get better, our yen for travel grows stronger. Traveling is a wonderful thing, the gateway to the world and other cultures. And while going on holiday is an incredible thing, dashing around in a hurry to catch trains or flights, suffering through long delays or losing things can make the experience less than ideal. In short, travel can put you in some pretty uncomfortable positions.
And let’s face it. Despite the great payoff at the end, travel can be incredibly exhausting. And while it may sound counterintuitive, adding a workout to the day you plan to travel will actually benefit you immensely. It will improve your mood through the endorphin release you get, relieve anxiety and stress and even release the tension that’s in your muscles by improving blood flow and getting your body moving. Even just a quarter of an hour in the morning before you go will make you feel more chilled and at ease when you travel.
So what’s the best workout to do to feel as good as possible once you arrive in your destination? We’ve got the answer right here.
The two things you probably want to avoid when traveling are anxiety and stiffness. And in order to do so, the best thing you can do is a combination of HIIT with five to 10 minutes of stretching at the end. That way, you’ll release loads of energy and successfully avoid feeling overly stiff, even with hours spent sitting on a plane or train.
Feel free to choose any high intensity interval training-style workout that you like, whether it’s boxing or a full-body workout at High Studios, as long as it combines something to get your heart rate up with some stretching. This will help stimulate your immune system (preventing any nasty germs you might pick up on the plane or train from taking hold) and promote circulation. Any resistance exercises you may do will also help raise your metabolic rate. This means that even when you’re stationary for a few hours while traveling, you’ll have increased calorie burning.
More of a homebody or don’t have time to make it to an organised class? That’s totally ok too! You can still squeeze in an effective pre-travel workout at home – or even at the airport!
Squats x 10
Reverse Lunges x 10
Planks x 10
Push-ups x 10
To get the best benefit, you should do a circuit of four rounds of each exercise. After you’ve completed four rounds, a little final stretching is all that’s needed to get you as ready as possible for your day of travel!