How to Exercise While Traveling

Don’t let traveling interrupt your fitness routine. 

It is possible to stay on track with your workouts and even make improvements while on the road! Read on for the best tips to stay fit.

1. Plan Ahead

Before you do anything else, you have
to PRIORITIZE exercise while on
vacation.  Determine when you will work out BEFORE you leave by taking stock of your daily schedule. If you’re on a business trip, glance at your itinerary
and determine when you’ll be able to fit in your workouts ahead of time.
If it’s a trip for fun, tell your friends or family that you plan on getting in
a few workouts during your stay (try inviting them to join). It will let them
know your plans and help keep you accountable.

2. Pack Appropriate Gear

Set yourself up for fitness success
by packing strategically.  Check out the destination, so you know what kind of weather you’re facing.  If it’s going to
be cold, bring an extra beanie and gloves for that morning run. If it’s hot,
make sure you brought your lightweight workout clothes. And, don’t forget your
running shoes. When you plan for the type of workout and weather ahead of time,
you’ll be set up for success once you arrive. No excuses!

3. Stay Motivated With A Fitness

Don’t take off your Fitbit when you hit the road. You are more likely to notice if you haven’t gotten your 10,000 steps and work for your goal. Wearing a fitness tracker on your vacation will act as a reminder to get moving if you’ve been too sedentary, and it is a great way to see how many steps you’ve taken when exploring a new city.

4. Scope Out Fitness Classes In The Area

One of the benefits of visiting a
different city is exploring especially
fitness classes.  Before you leave, check out fitness classes near your
hotel. Try a Crossfit, SoulCycle or a different type of yoga class. Whatever it
is, it will feel good to mix it up and explore what other cities have to
offer.  It’s also a great way to meet new people and try new workouts. You
can also call ahead to your hotel to see what the gym accommodations are within
the hotel.

5. Work Out In Your Hotel Room

If you are pressed for time on your vacation, you don’t even need to leave
your room to get sweaty these days. With workout streaming services, like
YouTube and more, you can stream your favorite workouts, whether it’s Tabata, strength training, kickboxing, HIIT
workouts, or yoga, all in the comfort of your room. There are plenty of
bodyweight-only workouts that don’t require any equipment. Internet not
working? There’s always good ol’
fashioned push-ups, sit-ups, and squats
to get you moving.

6. The 2 Day Rule

Never go more than 2 days without working out.  Why? 1 day becomes 2; 2 becomes 4, and next thing
you know, the entire trip is over and you
did not get a single workout in. 
Never go more than 2 days in a row
without working out. This rule keeps you accountable even when you’re on the
go, so you don’t let your workout plan lag, then find it harder to get back
into the swing of things after a lapse.

7.  Get Outside!

Traveling is a great time to get outside and explore the new environment via foot or bike. Rather than, driving around everywhere, try walking. You’ll be surprised how much more fun things you find.  Another great idea is to rent bicycles and bike around. The fresh air will also help prevent jet lag.

Lastly, you don’t have to sacrifice your fitness routine just because you’re traveling. Actually, you can factor in healthy choices every day of your vacation, from what you eat, to your workouts.

Laura Conley - HLF Fitness Nutritionist

Laura Conley holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo. She is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and Transformation Coach; receiving her training from National College of Exercise Professionals, HCI and Biotics Research

Heritage Victor Valley Medical Group (HVVMG) offers its members award-winning coordinated care with a speedy referral system. Heritage has 45 primary care physicians and a panel of two hundred medical specialists across Southern California’s High Desert, as well as the mountain communities. They also have a locally based members service team and is dedicated to a spirit of excellence. HVVMG is part of the Heritage Provider Network.