By Ben Wegman
Working in fitness means one is always on the go – traveling from class to client, and back again. Staying healthy can be more complicated when on-the-go or on-the-road, so here are a couple helpful tips that help me stay fit, no matter where I am.
Meal preparation and snacks
So I’ll be honest. I am not the best at meal prepping. I have colleagues who prepare their healthy meals for the entire week and I applaud them, but that’s just not me. Where I succeed is in the snack department. Be it around the city or on vacation, I always have easy, healthy snacks at my disposal — a piece of fruit in my bag, some carrot sticks, and a bag of original cheerios. Snacks make those “hangry” moments where most of us want to give into temptation easier to avoid.
Airbnb is my go-to for vacations. Not only does it usually save me money, but having a kitchen while traveling is a lifesaver. I love being able to make some of my own meals and stock up on healthy produce on the road.
Hydrate — and get a reusable water bottle!
I am an out-of-sight, out-of-mind kind of person, and I can go an entire day without drinking water if I don’t have my water bottle with me. As it begins to get hotter, we forget how taxing it can be to trek around the city all the time. Drink more water when you are tired, drink more water when you have a headache, and drink more water every time you work out. It makes a huge difference.
Research classes before you plan your next vacation
One of the first things I do when I know I’m traveling somewhere new is to look up best fitness classes in that area. I especially love visiting new yoga studios in every city I go to, as yoga is the perfect combination of work and relaxation for my vacation body. If I’m in a new city with a Lululemon, I often will stop by the store to see who their ambassadors are and take their recommendations for classes to try as well. They always have a good sense of the fitness community in their neighborhoods.
Rent a bike
My favorite thing to do in any city I’m visiting is rent a bike. Biking around a new city is a great way to get to know your vacation destination, but more importantly, an excellent workout on the go. No need to worry about not getting your cardio in when you can bike everywhere!
Keep to your routine
I find that I stay healthiest and have the most energy when I keep a fairly constant routine. I drink hot water with lemon first thing every morning, even when on vacation. I try to sleep 8 hours every night, and like to find a half-hour of quiet time for myself every day. If you have healthy habits that your body is used to, why would you change them on vacation?
Be with yourself
Be it here in the city or on vacation, I try to find 30 minutes every day to sit with myself without technology or conversation. Sometimes this means reading for 30 minutes, sometimes meditating, sometimes just sitting and observing my surroundings. I find that we are so busy all the time, so on-the-go, that often we don’t really take in what’s around us.
Listen to your body
While this may sound simple, it can be incredibly difficult. We are all so driven to succeed, to look a certain way, that often we forget that our body will always tell us what it needs most. It takes a certain amount of courage to step away and just ask your body what it actually needs. Sometimes it will surprise you.
After seven years performing and touring as a professional dancer with reputable companies such as the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange and the Washington National Opera, Benjamin Wegman began to feel the wear and tear on his body and decided to trade in touring for teaching as an Adjunct Professor of Dance in the Kinesiology Department at Indiana University. Benjamin dove into kinesiology and biomechanics textbooks and began to research multiple fitness and holistic modalities, when an opportunity to perform a lead role in Sleep No More led Benjamin back to New York City. The role was tough on his body and cemented Benjamin’s desire to move into the fitness industry. Already an avid yogi and student of Pilates, Benjamin found High Intensity Training to push and train his body in ways few workouts could. HIT allows him to continually reach new physical goals while working faster, stronger, and smarter than he thought possible. Benjamin, raised in Normal, IL, studied at Butler University, the Julliard School and received his B.A. from Point Park University. He is currently a trainer at The Fhitting Room.