When you’re traveling, you know your routine is going to get thrown off a bit. It’s a given. But do you stick to your normal routine or be a little more free? For me it all depends – who am I with, where am I going, what will I be doing, etc. I’m actually traveling now for my full time job and this topic came to mind after not feeling rested after a few nights in the hotel. My dilemma was whether to sleep a little more or wake up early and get a workout in.
Before you go jumping on me, let me give you some background information. This week I’m traveling for my full time job, to a place that kind of has nothing around it (within an hour) and is for training…training that is from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM for five days straight. When I told my husband where I was going he said “Oh that place, there’s nothing there!” Yea, I was a little nervous, no lie. My plan was to come and follow my normal routine, with the exception of when I do my workout. Because I was going to be waking up later, I figured I’d try to do my workouts in the morning instead of the afternoon/early evening. The first day, it didn’t happen. The second day, it also didn’t happen. I slept in!
I tried to figure out why and a number of reasons came to me: “The bed is not my bed”, “The pillow is not my pillow”, “The temperature in the room is not what I’m used to”, “I’m in a place that I’m not 100% comfortable with”, “I’m away from my husband”…
I could go on and on, but what’s the point. I mean, these are really first world problems. And yes, I’ve tossed and turned the past two nights. It has not been too good of an experience with my sleeping pattern yet. And don’t get me wrong, the bed is comfortable and the room is clean. I just cannot seem to find sleep. Needless to say, the first two nights, I chose to sleep in. And I will tell you, this is my normal routine. And it’s been a good decision to sleep in a bit.
What I wanted to do was abandon this routine and wake up early to workout. I wanted to get it done so I could still feel like I’m myself. I personally fit in fitness 4-5 days a week and it helps me feel human – both mentally and physically. Since I arrived at my destination on Sunday, I have not exercised once. Yes, I’ve walked a bunch and gotten my steps in, but not like I do at home.
At home, I typically get in a run or do some weight training. It clears my mind and helps me sleep better. The hotel does have a gym, but I have not used it at all this trip. And trust me, it’s a good gym – treadmills, free weights, a Bosu ball, and a spot to do some yoga. So why have I not used it yet? Because I’ve decided to stick to my routine and get more sleep in the morning. Although exercise is important to me, sleep is just as if not more important.
So here’s my question to you – which is more important for you? Sticking to your routine or going outside of that routine and trying something new? Only you can answer that question. For me, sticking to my routine is more important on this trip, especially because it’s a trip that’s for work and I have to be on my A-game. But for my next trip, things might be different.
My sole purpose for this post is to share with you that there are good things to sticking to your routine and there are challenges with sticking to that too. As with anything, you have to weigh your options and see what’s in front of you. I’d love to hear more about your travel routine, but for now…I’m off to bed.