Rule #1: Always have a plan.
My grandfather used to joke that “if you haven’t got a plan, you’ve got a problem!” While there are certainly many things wrong with this statement — a lack of spontaneity comes to mind — there is also one thing that is very right: Plans are actually very useful when you are trying to stay on track with your goals. I’ve found that even going into your trip with a general idea of what you’ll attempt to do is better than thinking you’ll just wing it when you get there.
To figure out your plan, do some basic preliminary research: Does your hotel or Airbnb have a clear workout area, like a gym or a cool yoga area that’s just calling for some tropical downward dogs? Are you staying on or near a beach, which means that you can go swimming, or will you be near some dope hiking or running trails? If you’re going somewhere urban, are there any cool boutique fitness studios or personal training services you’d want to check out? For example:
If you’re going to New York, San Francisco or Los Angeles, for example, you could give BACH a go — we send a personalized training expert to your doorstep, wherever your doorstep happens to be.
The point here is that fitness doesn’t have to be something you “squeeze in” before you do something else — it can be the something else you do! And in my experience, having a rough idea of even the type of activity you’ll try to do will help you actually do it when you get there. Plus, I’ve found that using fitness as a way to explore a new location is one of the best ways to see the destination through local eyes — and maintain your health & fitness to boot.