Having the motivation to workout every day is tough and it’s even harder when traveling. Usually, when I’m on holiday all I want to do after a day of sight-seeing is crash on the hotel bed.
However, exercise makes me feel so good AFTER that I try to squeeze in 3-4 sessions per travelling week. Of course, there’s the excuse of not having a gym. If I don’t have a hotel gym or a gym nearby I use YouTube workouts or, if I feel like a lighter workout to get my body moving I do Tabata training.
Tabata training is a Japanese workout method that involves high intensity interval training for short periods of time, with shorter rest. There are lots of different Tabata workouts, so I created one that works my whole body:
For each set (each number), there are 5 repetitions, 20 seconds each with 10 seconds rest.
- Star jumps
- Push ups
- Sit ups
- Tricep dips
- Jumps (getting your knees to your chest)
The workout itself if quite short, which keeps me motivated to do it. It means that I can boost my heart rate and activate my muscles so that they are not complete jelly when I return home. If you want to work out for longer, you can do more reps or do the whole workout twice through.
If I am feeling like a more intense workout or I need a source of motivation I use a video I have downloaded onto my phone from Youtube.
Again this workout doesn’t require any equipment, which is essential because who wants to fill up their suitcase with 10kg of weights.
I know that sometimes it does get really tough to exercise on holiday but once you get into a rhythm you’ll feel so good!