How to Fit in Exercising While Traveling

At one point or another, we find ourselves away from home which means our routines can be thrown off.  That doesn’t mean your workouts need to be.  For those of you who travel for business regularly, you may find it difficult to stick to your workout regimen when on the road.  Yet, there are actually many ways that you can easily fit in exercise while traveling.  This article will outline some of the easiest ways to fit in exercise while traveling if you put a plan in place ahead of time or know what to look for.

1. Hotel Gym Workouts

The first and easiest way to fit in exercise while traveling is to simply use what you have in the hotel gym.  Sure, it might not be anywhere close to a “real” gym but that doesn’t mean you can’t still get in a great workout.

One thing you need to remember is that you can stimulate muscles regardless of the weight you are using.  You might not be able to use those 100-pound dumbbells you are used to, but those 30’s can still make you sore in the coming days.  You can change up your routine to utilize high repetitions which will hit the muscle differently and allow you to squeeze the heck out of each rep.  

Changing things up to a high-rep workout can actually be quite fun simply because its something you’re not used to doing.  It will be challenging which is a good thing.

On top of a limited resistance training selection, many hotel gyms at least have cardio equipment – such as treadmills, bikes, ellipticals, etc.  HIIT cardio workouts are also great or even Tabata.  You can also go outside to do some cardio assuming the weather is nice.

2. Hotel Room Workouts

No hotel gym?  No problem!  There are two solutions to this problem that allow you to work out right in your hotel room.  The first would be to utilize a bodyweight workout.  This can consist of exercises like pushups, sit-ups, crunches, dips, bodyweight squats, lunges, wall sits, and many others.  

If you want to kick things up a notch, make a small investment in a resistance band set.  These sets come in a nice bag to keep all of your bands and attachments in.  It’s small enough to fit right in your suitcase or compact enough to toss in your car and leave it there for when you need it.  One brand that I love and utilize myself and recommend to all my clients is Bodylastics.  They have a great anti-tear resistance band set that has many attachments to allow you to hit every body part and with a good amount of resistance considering it’s a “band” workout.  

Regardless of which method you decide to utilize, both are great ways to fit in exercise while traveling so you never need to miss a workout – regardless of where you are.

3. Find a Local Gym

The nice thing about the health and fitness industry these days is that there are gyms on just about every corner.  If you have a gym membership (such as Gold’s, Planet Fitness, Anytime Fitness, Retro Fitness, etc.) you might be able to use locations away from home for free depending on your membership.  That would be a great way to get in your normal workout and fit in exercise while traveling.   

 If you don’t have a gym membership, no worries, most gyms allow you to purchase a “day pass” that would allow you to use the gym for the day – or multiple days.  Many gyms even have partnerships with local gyms where if you ask at the front desk, they might have free passes you can use.  This makes it super convenient and allows you to fit in exercise while traveling.

Article Courtesy Of Matt Weik