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Published on June 04, 2015

Tips for Staying Fit When You Travel

Man exercising in a hotel room

Man exercising in a hotel roomWhether you travel frequently for work or are planning a summer vacation, you don’t have to sacrifice your fitness goals when you are away from home. We all know how easy it can be to neglect exercise when we are on the road or relaxing at the beach, but there are simple ways that you can add exercise to your travel plans.

Here are some tips to keep you active when you hit the road:

  • Fitness Centers: Check with the place you are staying to see if they have a fitness center onsite. Many will have a gym in the building that is open to guests. If your accommodations do offer workout facilities, set aside at least 30 minutes in your day to stop in and get some exercise. If your hotel doesn’t offer a fitness center, the front desk may be able to refer you to a nearby gym and even offer a discounted or free visitor pass. Some hotels will even provide in-room fitness packages that include workout items such as yoga mats, resistance bands and workout guides.
  • Pools: Most lodgings will offer a swimming pool for guests to use. If your place of stay has a pool, plan time in your day to swim a few laps. Swimming is great exercise after a long day of meetings or a great way to get in some activity before stretching out for a poolside nap.
  • In-room Workouts: You don’t need a cardio machine or heavy weights to have a good workout. In fact, some of the best exercise routines involve bodyweight movements. Bodyweight exercises include push-ups, crunches, wall squats, lunges and planks. You can also use water bottles as weights or pack a light-weight resistance band to perform bicep curls, triceps extensions and many other exercises.
  • Workout Apps: Need guidance when working out? There’s an app for that! Before you leave home, search for workout or exercise apps that you can download to your phone or tablet. Many of these apps will walk you through exercises that don’t require equipment and feature workout guidelines and timers to assist you. You can choose to do yoga, stretching, bodyweight exercises and many other workouts that are easy to do wherever you are staying. Search for an app that suits your fitness level and that you think you will enjoy. You can also select your workout length depending on how much time you have. On average, app workouts range from five to 30 minutes.
  • Walk: Skip the car or the taxi and walk to your destination. If your meeting is at the convention center, leave your hotel a little early and walk. If you are visiting a local attraction with your family, ask the front desk for directions by foot. Not only is this a simple way to get your exercise in, it’s also a great way to explore your surroundings and get to know your destination city better.

Whether you’re traveling for work or pleasure, these simple tips can help you fit exercise into your schedule and keep you on track with your fitness goals. For more information about staying fit, visit our wellness page for additional tips.

The information in Healthy Living Online is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation, or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.

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