The Fit 5: Fitness On-the-Go Guide
Nervous about ruining your healthy routine while traveling? Our experts answer your questions about staying fit while on-the-go.
For all of our fans who shoot us questions on the Men's Fitness Facebook and Twitter Pages, this one is for you. Each week, we will tap into our pool of editors and experts to help with any questions or challenges you are having with your fitness regimen. This week, Rob Sulaver C.S.C.S., founder and owner of Bandana Training, answers questions about staying fit while on-the-go traveling. You can also catch Sulaver on Twitter @BandanaTraining.
|1) Packing Must-Haves - asked by Thomas Fanier
What are some things I should always pack for long trips to keep up with my diet?
|“Nuts travel exceptionally well (there's a joke in there somewhere) as does fruit. I also bring whey protein powder for post-workout and I divvy up natural peanut butter into small packets (the airport security Nazi's will take a bigger jar.)”|
|2) Portable Equipment - asked by Kenji Roberts
What are the best pieces of portable training equipment?
|"A lacrosse ball, a TRX, and some running shoes. Soft tissue work + resistance training + energy system training = everything you need. "|
|3) Skip or Cheat Meals - asked by Frank Lauden
Is it worse to skip a meal or to have a meal while on the road?
|"I wouldn't recommend either. The lesser of two evils? What's worse for you - crack or LSD? Who cares? ....don't do drugs. In all seriousness, just focus on getting quality foods when you can."|
|4) Muscle Breakdown - asked by Barry Andrews
How long does it take for muscle to start breaking down after not working out for a while? How can I delay this process while on-the-go?
"Depends on a couple factors (including genetics, training age, and strength qualities developed). Unless you're on the road more often than not, think of your travel fitness routine as maintenance - just enough to keep you from regressing. For most people a quick, intense cardio strength resistance workout every other day would fit the bill. "
|5) Worst Travel Mistakes - asked by Jon Issacson
What are the most mistakes people make when traveling and trying to stay fit?
“In my experience, people are too extreme when they travel - they either don't try at all or they're obsessive. There's a happy middle ground where you can appreciate that travel is about other things, but that doesn't equal an excuse to let your health/body fat/fitness goals go to hell-in-a-handbasket. "