Going on vacation and training are usually two words that are rarely seen together. But for martial artists, especially those who compete, staying in top shape all the time is essential. Being a competitive martial artist is a serious decision that requires a lot of commitment, even when traveling.
For these individuals, there is no valid reason to get out of their training routine. If you’re going on a vacation/business trip, why not take inspiration from martial artists and use their travel hacks to stay in shape?
Read on and discover 6 travel hacks martial artists use to stay in shape:
1) They stay active
Martial artists can’t help but stay active. Because they’re so used to pushing themselves to their limit during training sessions, they can’t help but push themselves outside of training as well. Instead of taking a cab, they’ll walk everywhere, and even go for morning runs. Not only does this help them get their cardiovascular workout in, it also helps them soak in the sights and enjoy their new surroundings.
2) They know how to navigate the breakfast buffet like a pro
The breakfast buffet could be your best friend or your worst enemy. We understand how tempting it must feel to just pile on the pancakes and bacon on your plate. Martial artists are pros at navigating the breakfast buffet. They know what to avoid, what to eat and what to get more of.
Because protein is an essential part of a martial artist’s diet, he/she will head straight to the egg station and request for an egg white omelet. They will also fill their plates with fresh fruits and get a cup or two of greek yogurt. Martial artists know how difficult it is to eat clean when they’re traveling, they’ll make the most out of the breakfast buffet and pile on the good stuff.
3) They research
Being prepared at all times is something that martial artists are used to. Whether it’s for competition or just training, planning ahead can make all the difference in their performance. If you haven’t done it already, do some research before you go on your trip. Look for restaurants that will help you stick to your diet, trails for you to run, and public transportation routes. The more prepared you are, the easier it will be to plan your workouts and your meals.
4) They make the most out of the hotel facilities
If you’re staying at a hotel, you’d probably find a pool or a well-equipped gym for you to get your workout in. Martial artists will take every opportunity they can to workout and stay active, and having hotel facilities at their disposal to help them do so would only encourage them to workout more. When you book your hotel, make sure you know everything it has to offer in terms of facilities. From there, you can plan your workout routine for the rest of your stay.
5) They have a solid HIIT/Bodyweight fitness routine
When you’re traveling, it isn’t always easy to make time to go to the gym or hit the swimming pool, especially if it’s a business trip. If you find that your day is fully booked and that running isn’t enough of a workout, why not try a HIIT workout using your body weight for resistance? HIIT, which is short for High-Intensity Interval Training, uses interval training to boost cardiovascular endurance and burn fat. Studies show that HIIT burns more calories and fat than regular cardiovascular exercise. When they’re strapped for time, martial artists use exercise regimens such as HIIT to get their workout for the day in, or even as an additional workout.
Squats, lunges, leg raises, push-ups and pull-ups are examples of great exercises to add to your HIIT routine.
6) They drop by a nearby gym
Although HIIT, swimming, and running are suitable exercises to stay in shape, for martial artists, nothing is quite the same as training at a martial arts gym. There’s no doubt that the environment of a martial arts gym is completely different from a hotel room or gym, which would help martial artists get the workout they truly need.
Visiting another martial arts gym is also a great way to meet people and make friends, which could be useful if you’re on the road for awhile. It would also expose you to different styles of training, which would certainly benefit your own. Before you travel, consult your professor/local martial artist friends for suggestions. They’d only be too happy to help!
Although it’s great that you’re still looking to stay fit during your vacation, you should also remember to have fun. You don’t have to scrimp on the sightseeing or indulgent food to stay fit, but you need to make it a point to fit a workout or two in your schedule. In a nutshell: Eat healthy as often as you can, get in some exercise, and most importantly, enjoy!