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Travel a lot for work? Going on a vacation soon? You’ve probably found it tough to continue proper martial arts training, exercise, and healthy nutrition while on the road. This is because you are out of your regular schedule….you probably say “I’ll be fine not working out this week”, or “ah, I’ll do my katas when I get back”, or “screw bo training, this is Vegas baby!” Well, maybe you don’t say that one.
I’ve been traveling quite a bit lately, mostly regional – visiting schools across Texas. In the last few years, I have also done quite a bit of traveling (for business and pleasure) around the nation, Mexico, and some in Europe. I like to keep up a practical martial arts and fitness regimen while out of town – something that has served me quite well.
This may sound funny, but some of my HEALTHIEST times have been vacations to all-inclusive resorts or on cruises. This is because I finally have more time for myself, freshly prepared food (with a large selection of healthy choices, without any work on my part), access to a fitness center or workout area within quick walking distance, and the lack of stress from working. I do find that working out while on busy business trips is the most challenging. In this guide, I am going to share with you what works for me, and some extremely practical and direct advice on training while you travel.
I keep it tight and light. When traveling by plane or rail, I just bring a carryon size rolling piece of luggage and a messenger bag/or a backpack. You don’t really need any equipment for your training – even if you are doing weapons…well, we will get into that later. If you are staying in a hotel with a fitness center – that is an option (at least for some cardio), but often times I prefer to just workout in my room. Here is what I always bring with me:
Here I will share with you a “typical day” for me while out of town – this can vary a lot, but take it for what it is worth.
6:50 am – Wake up, pray, meditate, stretch, get dressed
7:10 am – Eat a Light Breakfast (fruit, yogurt, eggs if available, 1/2 cup of coffee)
7:30 am – Personal Hygiene
7:45 am – On my Way to the Day’s Event of Location
4:00 pm – Return to Hotel, Eat a Power Snack (nuts/fruits/peanut butter)
4:30 pm – Workout with Martial Arts Training [warm up, kickboxing, cool down]
5:15 pm – Yoga or Tai Chi
5:30 pm – Respond to All Emails/Computer Work
6:00 pm – Dinner….etc…
This was basically the day I had today — as I am typing this in a hotel room, and just worked out with some yoga afterwards. My martial arts training or fitness will depend on what my goals are. Currently, I am studying yoga and tai chi quite a bit. I have been knocked out by a difficult groin injury for the last year, and have found yoga to be extremely helpful as I recover. I am also now realizing the power of tai chi (which has similar qualities to yoga, but is different).
You may prefer working out in the morning – I also do this when I have a “late start” – or afternoon and evening engagements. Do what works for you. Also one day I do an “intense workout” – the next day is lighter and more emphasis on flexibility and bodily energy (yoga or tai chi). This one day on, one day off is much more practical while on the road. As, after a full day, you can be pretty beat down, especially when away from your home, friends, and family for so long.
So far, I have given you a lot of general tips, but you still may be confused as to what I actually do as my workout. This will vary, but below are the main sources of my workouts and training programs.
Although traveling can be hectic and stressful for many – I find it is one of the most calm, powerful, and healing times of my days. By bringing healthy food with my – I end up feeling better, staying on track, saving time, and saving money. By having consistent workouts and training – I continue my martial arts progress, and feel more energized for events of the trip. Here are a few more tips: