3 Ways to Workout While Traveling

Monday, August 15, 2016

I am in the middle of a trip at the moment, bouncing between a few different cities for work and family time. Ever since this trip popped up on my radar, I've been thinking about how I could maintain my work out routine while traveling. Typically, I would never think about that but this hasn't been a typical year. I'm proud of the effort and results I've seen from working out over the past few months (and doing Whole30!) and I didn't want to blow it all of that in a two-week span. Plus, working out is oddly addicting and after carving out a routine for the last four months, it's actually something that I want to fit into my schedule now. Here are a few ways I'm staying active these days...

Body weight workouts 
I actually considered packing some weights or a kettlebell in my suitcase for a split second before reason dawned. Luckily, there are plenty of workouts to do that don't involve lugging heavy equipment around in your suitcase. Even if you're staying in a hotel with a gym, bodyweight workouts are a good thing to keep in your back pockets for any moments of downtime. Here's an example of a routine I've been following:

25 squats
60 jumping jacks
20 push ups
50 crunches

I usually do as many rounds as I have time for. You can find other great examples of body weight exercise routines on Pinterest, like this 20-minute HIIT workout, or on Instagram. I like following fitness trainer Carmen Morgan for her quick workout routines.

Long walks
Squeezing in a full-size workout can be hard when your routine has been tossed on its head, but there's usually always time for a brisk walk or run when you're traveling — you just have to look for the right moments. Since I've been in Richmond for the past few days, it's been fun to walk around some old familiar neighborhoods, but if you're visiting an area for the first time I would recommend doing a little research first to find the best local parks or safe places to run by yourself.

Local classes
This requires a little advanced planning as well, but it's one of my favorite things to do when traveling. The last time I was in Richmond, I was able to walk to a free outdoor yoga class one morning and it was so much fun. A quick search online for city event calendars or local yoga, pilates, or fitness studios will usually give you all the information you need to find a local class.

Most importantly, don't be too hard on yourself if you miss a day. I used to feel really guilty about skipping workouts while we were on vacation or traveling, but now I try to remember that the whole point of working out is so I can feel good and enjoy those special moments, like trips and vacations, rather than feeling guilty.

Do you have any good tips for exercising while traveling? I'd love to hear your go-to routines!


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