Stay in Shape While You Travel

You’re really good about adhering to your exercise routine, except when you travel. Truth is, it can be difficult to fit in a workout after sitting on a long flight, changing time zones, dealing with jet lag, and trying to eat healthy. But you’ve been disciplined enough to stick with your program and have reaped the positive rewards, so you don’t want to regress.

You don’t have to! Try a few of these easy suggestions to help you maintain and sustain your fitness level while on the road.

First, understand that things will be different, but that you will, as always, do your best. Commit to making time in your schedule for “away” fitness.

Pack your shoes: Don’t forget to bring your running or walking shoes. Lacing up and heading out is a terrific way to see the city and meet new people. Ask your concierge about close-by parks and trails.

If it’s cold at your destination, find a nearby mall and window shop as you walk to get that circulation going—it’s cardio.

Use “yourself” to exercise: It is nice to have lots of machines at your gym, but your own body weight is one of the best tools. In fact, making your exercises simple can keep you motivated. Make a workout space by moving the chair over in your room so you can do squats, lunges, push-ups, burpees, crunches, mountain climbers, planks, and that old standby, jumping jacks. These moves have stood the test of time, especially in the military, and are considered mainstays of most higher-level group fitness classes. Pack your jump rope and yoga mat.

Ask for a pass: Hopefully, you’ve booked a hotel with a useful gym or one that’s close to a major workout facility—call and ask the concierge in advance. Local gyms and studios usually offer a “first visit free” coupon. Plus, many hotels will simply grant you a pass to visit the local fitness center. The gym may offer classes you haven’t experienced, or it may have a large pool that’s got lots of lanes free.

Branch out: Seize the moment during time away to try something new—your body will thank you.

Think of it like cross-training. You’re doing something different, which is good for your body and for muscles that are used to doing the same movements. Even if it’s not as challenging, you’re not going to lose the tone you’ve gained over the past years or months.

Being on the road doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your fitness. Think of it as an opportunity to get creative for your good health.