Easy Workouts You Can Do on the Road

By Michael Galvan | 01/13/2016

Away from home? Don’t throw your workout schedule out the window.

Whether you are taking a personal vacation to relax and re-energize, or going on a work-related trip, you can still keep up your fitness schedule. It can be difficult to workout away from home. Unfamiliar surroundings, equipment, and schedules can present hurdles for travelers who want to exercise.

By taking the initiative to burn some calories, you’ll  feel much better about your trip and the transition back to a normal routine will be that much smoother.

Try these tips for exercising on the go.

Before the trip:

Plan ahead.

When scheduling your trip, start to plan for your new routine. Look at the itinerary and see when you’ll have some spare time to fit a quick workout in. It’s often best to try and do something active in the morning so you have the rest of the day to enjoy other activities.

Google your hotel.

Check your hotel’s website to preview fitness centers, pools, or other amenities. You can also to ask what in-house exercise options will be available during your stay.

Pack what you’ll need.

This means workout clothes, swimwear, light equipment, or food supplements that are part of your usual routine. Figure out what you’ll need beforehand so that you will be fully prepared and more inclined to squeeze in a workout whenever there is time for exercise.

During the trip:

Do body weight exercises.

Body weight routines are exactly what they sound like—workouts that use your own body as resistance. These routines usually don’t require equipment and need only a very small amount of space. Body weight exercises are perfect for a hotel room and can easily be squeezed into a tight schedule.

Some of the most common body weight exercises include: push-ups, sit-ups, lunges, squats, burpees, pull-ups, dips, and planks. If you can, try waking up fifteen minutes early and doing a combination of these before starting your activities for the day.

Go for a swim.

Many hotels have indoor and outdoor pools onsite, so try to get some laps in when possible. It can be a great way to destress at the end of the day, and this full-body workout is an easy way to burn a lot of calories.

Take a walk.

Whether it’s a speed walk through the hallways, or a quick trip around the block, walks are a  great way to get some cardio in. If you’re somewhere scenic, try spending a few hours walking around outside.

Try some yoga.

Yoga is a great way to stretch, build core muscles, and relieve stress. It requires very little equipment- just a simple mat, which many hotels offer free of charge or you can bring your own, rolled up in a suite case. Yoga has additional benefits beyond just fitness- you may find that it actually enhances your relaxation on the trip.

Use the fitness center.

This is an amenity many hotels provide. Granted, many of these “centers” won’t be nearly as comprehensive as your gym back home, but they are usually good enough for a light workout. Many hotel gyms will at least offer a few cardio machines and some light weights and/or machines. Try doing a large number of reps with smaller weights if you feel like weight lifting.

Take the stairs.

Taking the stairs instead of the elevator is a great way to work your calves and glutes. It also helps to get in those extra steps each day for those who use a pedometer.

Jump rope.

Jump ropes take up almost no space and can easily be packed in a bag. Bring a rope and do some high intensity cardio in your room, the fitness center, or outside. There is a reason you see so many boxers jumping rope, it’s an excellent way to improve your heart health.

Go on an adventure!

Depending on where you are traveling, there may be bike tours, rafting, mountain climbing, and other activities available. Do research and plan an exciting outing. This is by far the best way to have fun and move around on your trip.

Exercising while you are away from home doesn’t have to be difficult. Simply setting aside some time to plan before hand and finding a routine that works for you will make your trip a much healthier one.