Some of us travel for business and others of us travel for pleasure. No matter why you travel, sticking with a fitness routine on the road can be a challenge. Chances are, your normal routine gets thrown out the window when you’re traveling, making it less convenient to drive to the gym, run around your neighborhood, prepare your own meals and get a good night’s sleep. So as you begin to book your flights, tune up the car, and pack your bags, consider these tips for exercising on the road.
Take Advantage of Hotel Gyms and Pools
Even many budget hotels have treadmills, stationary bikes, and a few free weights. If possible, plan your trip around hotels that have fitness rooms and a pool. Try using the pool to swim laps early in the morning to avoid crowds of families with children.
Walk or Jog Around Hotel Grounds, Halls and Stairs
If you’re staying in a hotel that doesn’t have a fitness room or the hours don’t fit within your schedule, take your exercise outside and walk or jog around the perimeter of the hotel. Before hitting the pavement, ask the hotel staff for route recommendations to ensure that you’re traveling on a safe and pedestrian-friendly path. If it’s too chilly outside, simply walk the halls of the hotel and take the stairs all the way up and all the way down as many times as you can.
Exercise in Your Hotel Room
Even without the use of equipment, you can use your own body weight to create resistance and get a great workout in the comfort of your hotel room. Try alternating sets of push-ups, sit-ups, jumping jacks, jogging in place, lunges, and stretching. If your room has a DVD player or if you have a computer with Internet, pull up and follow a guided yoga or Pilates workout using hotel towels as a make-shift mat.
Pack Travel-Friendly Exercise Equipment
If you travel frequently, it might be time to invest in some basic, lightweight exercise equipment. Yoga mats come in smaller travel sizes and can easily fit in carry-on luggage. Instead of trying to pack heavy dumbbells, invest in a set of rubber resistance bands that you can use for stretching and strength training. If you’re traveling with friends, family, or coworkers, consider bringing a Frisbee, deflatable ball, or other portable game to get everyone out and active.
Explore the Local Fitness Scene
Try to incorporate fitness into your daily schedule, whether it involve errands, sightseeing, or social outings. Ask the hotel or conference staff if there are any dance halls or classes in the area to try a little salsa, tango, or swing. Pack your running shoes and find a popular street or jogging path to explore your new area. Lots of communities have public gyms and YMCAs that can give you affordable access to equipment and classes, while also giving you the opportunity to meet new local friends.
With a little advance planning, motivation, and dedication, you can make time to work out pretty much anywhere while traveling. But as you know, staying healthy involves much more than an hour of activity each day. No matter where you go or why you go there, do your best to stick to a healthy diet plan, drink lots of water, and get enough sleep to sustain your energy in a new environment.