#Prepare: The first step to #suitcasefitness

In my first series of posts, I am going to discuss each of the three main tenets of maintaining good health on the road:

  • #prepare
  • #prioritize
  • #play

When it comes to preparation, there are two major concerns: nutrition and exercise.  The former is probably the most important.  So, ask yourself:

Do you have good food choices at your disposal?  This is important to curb wild cravings.  read: your goal is to avoid getting “hangry”.  That way, you’ll avoid making bad decisions.  For the most part, all the exercise in the world can’t make up for poor nutrition.   Not new thinking, I’m certainly stealing this from someone somewhere.

  • I’ll explore my approach in more detail in later posts, but I tend to use a lot of protein bars (because the nutrition is calculated) and the prepared food section at the grocery story (chicken breasts, tuna salad, prepared whole chickens etc).

Have you briefly searched for gym / fitness options?   I’m not here to bash/support any one approach to working out, it’s most important that you SIMPLY DO SOMETHING.  Also, feel comfortable.  Spend a little money to buy some workout clothes that make you feel confident.  Lastly, bring the items you use during a normal workout.  If you watch an iPad, bring an iPad.  If you jump rope, bring your jump rope.  If you carry a rubber chicken, keep that to yourself.   Not a whole gym bag worth, just something as a reminder.

  • I tend to use Google maps for Crossfit gyms and call them directly to understand the rates, community etc.  I shop at TJ Maxx for workout clothes, best deals around.  Except for shoes, need to make sure you have good support.  I have a small travel bag of my gym equipment, see my instagram @suitcasefitness.

The more you can #prepare to make your approach to #suitcasefitness resemble your approach to fitness at home, the more likely you’ll stay on the wagon.  Don’t beat yourself up for shorter workouts or not doing EXACTLY what you do when home.  Your goal is to #prepare enough to stay engaged, so you don’t feel totally out of sync when you return.

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