Pilates has grown in popularity across the globe as a scientifically-backed way to stay in shape. Perhaps even more importantly, research has found Pilates to be effective in reducing pain and disability as well as improving mental health.
So when you plan to travel, it can be difficult to continue your routine at best and – for some – can even create a sense of anxiety or concern that their rehabilitation efforts might be stalled.
Whether you’re going on vacation, taking a business trip, or just going on a road trip, it doesn’t have to stop you from doing your regular Pilates workout.
Here are some ways you can incorporate your workout into your trip so you don’t have to sacrifice your hard work.
1. Pack Accordingly
Pack your favorite workout clothes and any exercise equipment you love to use. A Pilates ring is lightweight and can easily fit into a regular suitcase and a Pilates mat is thin and easy to pack. Pack your Pilates resistance band in a place where it’s easily accessible. Having everything that makes your workout work for you, means you will be ready whenever it’s time to work out.
2. Plan Ahead
One of the great things about a Pilates workout is that you don’t actually need to be at a gym; they’re versatile and you can do the workouts just about anywhere with minimal equipment. Since a great Pilates workout will align your mind, body, and spirit, new locations that are comfortable and excited might give you some of the best workouts you’ve ever had. Maybe there is a park along the way or a beach you’ve never visited. Perhaps you have a friend you can do your workout with once you arrive at your destination.
Whatever your plan is, be sure to be realistic. Travel can be exhaustive and sometimes frustrating so make sure your plan is reasonable for you. This will help ensure you are able to stick to the plan.
3. Create A Specialized Workout
If you work with an expert in Pilates, they can help you develop a specific type of workout that will keep you on top of your Pilates routine without biting into the time you’re spending away from the studio. If you are on a business trip, for example, your time might be crunched but if you talk with an instructor – or even design one yourself – you can create a routine in advance that takes as little or as long as you need. One of the benefits of this, knowing in advance exactly how long your workout will take, which is particularly useful if you have an agenda you have to follow such as during a business trip.
With the Sheppard Method, for example, you can create a personalized Pilates plan that not only focuses on your physical wellness, but creates a space of self-awareness and connection so that you can have a plan that works specifically for you and your needs.
Remember that a great Pilates workout will help get you centered and energized. While you may be tempted to let it go and enjoy your time away, a morning Pilates workout will help you enjoy your vacation even more and help to keep your mind sharp and focused!
4. Check Out Pilates Apps
Nowadays, just about everyone has a smartphone. Check out which Pilates apps work best for you. There are apps available for anything from five-minute workouts to more intense interactive apps.
5. Find A Local Studio
Pilates and yoga studios have increased significantly in the United States over the past few years so chances are, you can find a studio wherever you are going.
6. Incorporate Your Environment
While the ideal Pilates workout would be in a comfortable location and allow you to use your favorite equipment, traveling doesn’t always allow for that.
No worries! There are many ways you can incorporate your workout into whatever it is you might be doing if you are stuck in a business meeting or seminar or airport. This is just another thing that makes Pilates so great: They’re versatile!
- The Figure Four
- Shoulder Rolls and Shrugs
- Neck Stretches
- Chin Tilt
- Shoulder Circles
- Foot Stretches
- Seated Twists
- Calf Stretches
- Knee Lifts
- Side Plie
If you’re not the shy type, you could even do prancing in place or other dance moves that might draw attention from onlookers but, hey, it’s your vacation, right?
Imagine being stuck in an airport or business environment due to circumstances beyond your control. How frustrating that can be! But these Pilates exercises can help you stay grounded and centered while also providing the paradox of energy and relaxation that comes with Pilates.
7. Be Prepared In Advance
Of course, some travel plans might not be planned at all such as family or business emergencies. That’s why it is helpful to have an emergency plan in place, in the event you have to make an unexpected trip.
When making advanced preparations, consider different plans that take into account:
- Length of time you’ll be traveling
- The location you’ll be traveling to
- How you will be traveling (driving, flying, etc.)
- Who – if anyone – you will be with/around
8. Stick To Your Plan
The most important part of any exercise regimen is to stick to the plan. If you know where you will be, when, and for how long, it’s easier to formulate a schedule that will work with your travel plans. Once you have that, commit to sticking to the plan (this is why it’s important to be realistic in your scheduling).
Travel doesn’t have to interfere with your exercise regimen and, in fact, sticking to an exercise routine can increase the level of engagement and connection you have to your activities. There are many ways you can do this while still enjoying your travel.
If you need help formulating a Pilates travel plan for your next road trip, contact us today and we can help you make the most of your adventures!