It’s always been very hard for me to work while traveling. If I’m out of my routine, without my usual equipment, I just don’t feel like it’s worth it. What’s the point if I don’t have access to the same weights and machines? What if I injure myself trying to do all new things? Plus I’m not a workout-at-home kind of person – I need to be around a lot of other energy to get pumped.
The downfall of such rationale is that I could get back to the gym after a week of traveling and overdo it. The last time I did that, I hurt my lower back and it took weeks for it to heal.
So this time I adopted a new attitude about working out when traveling: Whatever I can do (cautiously) is much better than nothing. Even if it’s a walk, or some random abs, or a half routine – it’s something that will help my body adjust when I go back to my full routine at home.
Before my trip my brother told me he had some weight equipment in his garage – a squat rack, a bench with a few attachments and some rusted 1960’s plates from my dad. That’s all I needed to hear to commit to at least one workout on my five-day stay.
With only a few days since my last workout, I worked the next muscle groups due with my brother’s weights – shoulders, triceps, and abs.
I’m happy I didn’t write off a workout just because I wasn’t at my own gym – now I’m ready to get back in the swing tomorrow.