Travel Tips: Working out on the road

As someone who has traveled a good amount I know it is all too easy to get to your destination and completely give up on being active for the duration of the trip. When I was in San Francisco there was no way I was going to run because the hills scared the living daylights out of me. I figured I was never going to be able to work out. It took me a good week there before I started considering different workout options, settling on a Netflix streamed workout video in my Chuck Taylors, the only sneakers I brought. Not ideal, but hey it got me sweating.

As good as I am at trying to think of ways to eat reasonably when I travel (unless cheese is involved), I rarely consider ways to exercise when I’m on the go. Which got me thinking, what is the best way to stay in shape when you’re constantly traveling? So I’ve put together a list of some of the best ways to work fitness into your travel routine without having to try to fit weights and a fitness ball into your carry on.

Seven Ways to Stay Fit On the Road

  1. Save space & be organized: As a general space saver I always pack socks and underwear rolled up in my sneakers. If you’re trying to conserve space and keep your packing organized, try putting your socks, sports bra, etc into your sneakers, and a pair of shorts near the top. That way if you want to go for a run you don’t have to dig through your bag to find everything.
  2. Pack smart: Maybe you can’t bring weights, but I bet you can find space in your bag for a jump rope or a resistance band.
  3. Use your resources: Staying at a hotel? Bring a swimsuit so you can swim laps in the hotel pool. Going to Philadelphia? Run the Rocky Steps. Okay so that’s specific, but you get my drift. Make the most of what’s around you.
  4. Plan for rainy days: You likely wont have access to a gym, so think of things you can do inside. If you’re a fitness junkie, bring a couple Jillian Michaels DVDs. Ditto for yoga or pilates–there are a million DVDs out there that make working out easy no matter where you are. And don’t forget about Netflix. A lot of the Instant View workout videos are cheesy, but they get the job done.
  5. Pin and Plan: Pinterest is chock full of great workouts that you can do just about anywhere. Put together a board of on-the-go workouts you can do, and you’ll have them at your fingertips anywhere you go.
  6. Get App Savvy: Don’t let your lack of knowledge of a city prevent you from having the run you want to have. Download the WalkJogRun app that helps you find tons of good running routes of varying lengths in various cities.
  7. Cut yourself some slack: This holds true more for those on vacations than those traveling for work, but remember that a lot of the exploring you’ll do in a new city will keep you active. Even if it isn’t the type of activity you traditionally think of as “exercise,” you can get a lot of movement into your day. Get out and walk through new neighborhoods, wander a museum or rent a bike to sight see. Just because it’s fun doesn’t mean it’s not exercise!
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