In the past year, many of us found an exercise routine that worked from home. However, now that traveling is back (thank goodness!), it’s sometimes hard to stick to your routine when you’re out of town and on the go — especially if you have a jam-packed day and are tight on space in your hotel room. It’s super important to maintain our routines, even when we are away. It’s been proven that a lack of routine can increase stress levels and anxiety, and make us feel overwhelmed. There’s no downside to carving time out of your day for you, even if that time is limited.
Great examples of practices to add to your routine are:
All of these practices are great for maintaining our mental health and prioritizing our well-being. There is a domino effect that occurs when you choose something that contributes to your best self — the result is that you feel inspired to continue making similar choices. These good choices compound over time and lead to a more purpose-driven life.
You can journal by doing a brain dump of everything you are thinking or feeling in the moment. Taking thoughts from your mind to paper can be extremely helpful for your overall mood.
You can meditate by finding a comfortable place in your hotel room to be still, and connect to your breath. There are tons of apps and YouTube videos to guide you through a quick practice.
Lastly, the only bad workout is the one you didn’t do. So, if you only have 20 minutes to spare, here’s a quick upper-body and core workout for you to try. This workout — created for all levels — will allow you to prioritize movement while on the go, so you don’t lose momentum on your fitness journey.
20-Minute, No-Equipment Upper Body and Core Workout
Directions: Perform each exercise for 45 seconds, followed by a 15-second rest between movements. Complete three rounds total, with a one-minute rest in between rounds.
Begin with a warm-up:
Exercises: 45 seconds, 15 seconds rest, 3 rounds
One of the most common misconceptions when it comes to working out is that you need to do it for at least 45 minutes to an hour in order for it to be effective, and that simply isn’t true. You can get a really great workout in 20 minutes. Feel proud of yourself for showing up and putting in the work — especially when you’re away from home and your normal routine. You got this!
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