Daily Dose of Coach #93

The Travel Excuse

Both my online and personal clients do their fair share of traveling.  It's easy to get out of your routine or make an excuse not continuing to train. Whether you are on the road for business or travel you can still get it done.  I've come up with 6 ways on how to stay committed and get over your travel training excuses.

1.  Commit!:  This is number one.  Commit to your training.  Commit to continuing to be active no matter what situation you find yourself in.  Make it a priority.  Add it to your traveling schedule, whether it's before meetings or before the kids wake up on your vacation. Remember, just because you're in another city doesn't mean calories and no physical activity have different effect on your body.

2.  Think maintenance if you can't continue your current program:  When athletes go into their season, they spend much of their training time doing maintenance training.  The goal of this is to help preserve muscle size, strength, power and endurance that they earned in their off-season training. You can do the same on the road.  You don't have to train as hard as you do when you are at home, but stimulating your muscular and cardiovascular systems will help maintain what you've been working hard for in your normal training program.

3. Explore your new environment:  Today, you can map runs or walks (into safe locations) that will give you an opportunity to explore places you've never seen or experienced before as well as get some fresh air.

4.  Take advantage of your hotel gym or room:  Most hotel's have gyms that have dumbbells and cardio equipment.  For the most part,  that's all you need.  If you can't get to the gym, your room serves as a great place to knockout a 30-minute body weight circuit.  If you need help with programs for your travel you can join my app at www.coachjeffhiguera.trainerize.com, and I'll set you up with all the workouts you'll need for both.

5.  Research gyms or gym studios in your area: I always find it a lot of fun to visit a gym I've never been too before when traveling.  You'll always get a chance to see, do and experience some different programs, equipment or classes.

6. Be that girl/guy:  While everyone is waiting for you at continental breakfast, be the only one who comes in still sweating some from the workout you just put yourself through.  I always found it inspiring when that guy or girl showed up to the table as I'm stuffing my face with the second Belgian waffle.  Being that girl/guy says something about your discipline. And committing to this will move into all areas of your life.