Tips For Working Out While Traveling
Whether it be for vacation or work, sticking to your exercise routine while traveling can be a big challenge. You often have limited time and limited resources, and working out is usually not top on your list of priorities while on the road. You're tired. You're busy. You're relaxing. I get it.
I get it because I have spent over two decades traveling the world, often to the far corners of the globe, both for business and for pleasure. I have also worked with some of the busiest CEOs, celebrities and more, helping them stay in shape both at home and away from home.
It can be done. You can stay in shape and work out while traveling, you just need to follow a few simple tips:
- Focus on Short Sessions
If finding time to exercise is the number one challenge for people at home, it becomes exponentially more difficult while traveling. Whether your time is limited due to work commitments or spending time with your family while on vacation, the key is to get in short sessions, even those lasting just a few minutes. Focus on quality over quantity – Every single workout counts.
- Do Bodyweight Exercises
Gyms can be difficult to come by while traveling and, if you do have access to one, the equipment can be extremely limited and is oftentimes older than you are. One of the best solutions is to do bodyweight workouts in the privacy of your hotel room. You can get in a great full-body workout with no equipment whatsoever, doing a few circuits of exercises such as push-ups, planks, squats and jumping jacks.
- Take it Outside
Whether you're traveling for work or for pleasure, taking your exercise outside can be a simple and fun way to get it in. If on a work trip, walk as much as possible and take the stairs instead of the elevator. (In fact, if you are staying in a hotel, walking or running the stairs is one of the best ways to get in a quick, effective cardio session. 5-10 minutes is all you need.) If you're on vacation, mix exercise into your sightseeing (walking, biking) or in activities with the whole family (beach games, swimming, tennis, etc.).
Working out while traveling is about maintaining your fitness. Keep it simple, keep it short and make it fun!