So you want some travel workouts. This might be the perfect opportunity to work on a new angle to your relationship with fitness. This may likely be a simple plug for mobility training.
We hopped in a cab, trained to the airport, flew to Munich, flew to Prague, bussed to train, trained to Olomouc, and drove to Šternberk (cue heavy metal music). It’s a constant trade off of glorious seated positions while dragging about a bunch of weighted bags. It does a number on the bod. Putting another 20 pounds on your back squat doesn’t necessarily prepare you appropriately for how garbage the body can feel after tight travel connections over hours of sitting. Mind you, I proudly packed two weeks of clothing and such, for two, into one checked and one carry-on luggage. My point being that your efforts might be better spent offsetting the travel and pending travel, than looking for your next gym to “get in a workout.”
This may stem from my general distaste for people who prioritize finding a gym to feed their workout addiction. There’s a pub older than Canada we can have a drink in. Prioritize people. But this isn’t a discussion on addiction and delicious beer. Training comes in many forms, and as satisfying as acute stressors can be, you may need to unglue yourself from additional stress.
Maximal expansive breathing. You know, an active form of something your body regulates itself.
I did this on trains, planes, and automobiles. It can eat up a surprising amount of time and you don’t even have to leave your seat. You create a mindful connection to your body that offsets the rigorous beating of life and travel. If you suck at flying, this can be a game changer. Breathe in, let it go, and repeat. 30 to 40 big belly breaths, more if you want to get high on your own supply.
Morning is best, but anytime will do.
❖ More energy, reduce stress, and augment immune response to pathogens
❖ Blood-flow and nutrient exchange through the spine
❖ Directly train the diaphragm
Active rotational movement in the outer edges of motion. You know those “CARs” I never shut up about.
I’ll get these in during the morning and habitually throughout the day. More blood-flow, nutrient exchange, and targeted joint maintenance. All of this without any equipment, just move you body stuff around and push some blood-flow and nutrients to the joints.
Consider thinking about your itinerary. I’ll be doing a fair amount of walking over cobble roads and sitting, gobbling mounds of bread and goulash. My areas of focus will be spine, hip, knee, and ankles. Low to moderate intensities, before I head out and randomly sprinkled in throughout the adventure. 10-15 minutes or your age in reps.
❖ Maintain range of motion
❖ Articular health and longevity
Stretching, you know, hanging out in your end range of motion for few moments.
Again, no equipment needed, you might need as much as a floor. In all honesty, it feels good and is a simple approach to flexibility training.
The 90 90 position, tactical ankle, and a good front-line stretch combine well together. Breathe into it. 2 minutes for each spot at the end of your day.
❖ Improves passive range of motion ‘neurological’
❖ Increases pain threshold during the stretch ‘analgesia’
Mobility training is a mindful practice of acquiring flexibility and strength, body and mind, simultaneously.
The idea is to take the opportunity to address things you may neglect or push aside to get in a workout. But bring a hip circle band along to smash your glutes if you get ansy. It's also your time to do what you want, and if it feels good, do it.
If it’s too simple, then y’all don’t get the basics.
Emile Maxwell Connaughton