Planes, trains and automobiles are making their way across America in full force this time of year. Whether you’re traveling to visit family or just to take a break from the daily grind, the holidays always bring good cheer and lots of travel time. You’ve heard us say it time and time again that you don’t have to sacrifice your workout while traveling. But it’s not necessarily while you’re on vacation, it’s while you get to that vacation. Sitting on a plane for hours, being stuck in a car for a whole day – it takes a toll on your body and somehow tires you out without you even doing anything.
We’re teaming up with Polar to bring you a fat burning hotel room workout and our top tips for staying active while traveling- whether by plane, train or automobile.
Be An Active Traveler: Airport, Car & Hotel Room Workout Tips
When You’re At the Airport:
Like the Rocky theme song says, “gonna fly now!” Take a plane to your destination is definitely a convenient mode of transport, but it’s definitely not an active endeavor. You get there, then you sit and wait at your gate for boarding. Then you sit on your plane. Depending on your destination, you could be sitting down for an entire day. And we don’t need to tell you how counter-productive sitting is. Let’s suffice to say it certainly isn’t good for your health.
Get up outta yo’ seat and let’s get to steppin’! Airports are the perfect place to rack up some serious steps. Track them with your Polar fitness tracker and see how many you can get while you wait for your plane to board. Power walk to each terminal. Bonus points if you have a heavy carry-on that you need to lug around. Mix in some lunges – let your fellow travelers stare! Maybe they’ll even join you.
When You’re In the Car:
Traveling by car is definitely a tricky one, but we’ve got you covered. Every time you stop for gas, food, or a bathroom break, it’s an opportunity for a quick workout! Start recording on your Polar fitness tracker, set a timer for 5 minutes and do as many burpees as you can. Complete a circuit of 20 squats, 20 lunges, 20 push ups and 20 dips as quickly as you can. Pick 3 moves and do 50 of each. With the all new Polar A360 there’s no chest strap required – heart rate monitoring is done right from your wrist! It doesn’t get easier than that. And all of these options mentioned here only take a few minutes. It’s a totally effective way to stay active during those little moments outside of the car.
When You’re At the Hotel:
Contrary to popular belief, a hotel room is a fantastic place to work out! You have to land quietly and really practice control with your movements to not disturb your downstairs neighbors. Plus, you can burn some major fat by working your heart rate effectively! When you wear your Polar fitness tracker, you have a constant stream of data telling you how hard you’re working and what your current calorie burn and heart rate is during a workout. With this hotel room workout, try to keep your heart rate in the fat burning zone, which is 60-70% of your max heart rate.