Summer is almost here and its likely that you'll be away from home, at least for a bit of time. If you're trying to keep your fitness level up, or are in the process of training for an event, you really don't want to take this time off.
Here are a few tips to help you stay in shape during your travels:
- Consider open water options – If there are no pools near you, look for other possibilities like a lake or river. Before hopping in, check water conditions like temperature and boat traffic. You may also want to look into if there are any open water swimming clubs in the area. These groups are very open to guests.
- Keep swimwear close by - You never know when you may be able to fit in a swim. Keep your racing swimsuit, goggles and cap accessible so you can get a quick workout.
- Make the most of hotel pools – Sometimes a small kidney-sized pool is all you've got. Some exercises to attempt include short bursts of fast swimming, sculling or single-arm strokes.
- Research - You already know where you're going and how long you'll be there, so take some time to find out if there are any pools nearby. Make sure that you know plane schedules and fees. If you are a Masters swimmer, bring your membership card, as you may qualify for a discount.
- Use stretch cords – In the event that you can't find anywhere to swim, perform a dryland workout centered around stretch cords. Fasten the items to a doorknob and practice various strokes and arm drills.