Editor’s Note: This article was written by Scott and first appeared on The Rhone Collective. Ever wondered how to stay fit while on the road? Then this step-by-step guide on how to stay fit for travel is for you!
Fasten your seat belts, stow your bag, buckle in those muscles, and drink plenty of water as we review how to stay fit while on the road. In today’s world, people are traveling more than ever. With ridiculous flight prices as low as $62 for an international flight from Miami to Colombia, there are no excuses for not making use of that passport! With all this traveling it’s likely that you’ll be spending more time on the road than ever before. This makes it easier to push off workouts and fitness goals while tasting rum in Cartagena or enjoying a steak at Keens in NYC with some clients. I’ve spent the past year away from home and on the road visiting almost 30 countries. Since I’m constantly traveling, I can’t push off my workouts until I get home, which has required me to adapt and create some simple rules for fitness. Read on to follow these tried and true fitness hacks while traveling.
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First and foremost, be sure to stretch and mobilize after a long flight. It’s surprising how tight and cramped your back and hips are after a cross country flight. Setting up under a squat rack after six hours on the plane is a recipe for disaster. Take 10-15 mins after your flight to mobilize your hips, hamstrings, psoas, and back. One thing that helps me is wearing the Rhone Torrent Pants. The great thing about the Torrent Pants versus jeans or khakis is the flexible fabric. Besides being as comfortable as Christmas day pajamas, the flexible fabric allows you to stretch your groin without blowing a crotch seam. I’ve done a short yoga session in the back of a plane during a 15 hour flight. A few upward dogs to open up the back and some runner stretches to loosen up the hip flexor and psoas. While I received a few odd looks, I felt much better after my flight. Wearing flexible pants will allow you to stretch as soon as you get off the plane. Once you get to your destination, spend 10-15 mins loosening up
- Upward dog & Downward dog hold each position for 10 sec and repeat 3 times
- Hip flexor stretch (1 min each leg)
- Hamstring Stretches (1 min each leg)
- Pigeon stretch (1 min each leg)
- Upward dog & Downward dog – Repeat at the end of stretching as well.
Wow, this is impressive!