Travel Fitness And Health Tips: Maintaining When You Travel
Sharing some of my favorite travel fitness and healthy tips for the road!
When you travel, it’s easy to just overindulge and be lazy. It’s really easy just so say “Forget exercise, I’m on holiday!” when you’re traveling. You want to eat with reckless abandon and just lay around your comfy hotel bed. I get it! I’ve done it countless times myself. In this post, I share some easy travel fitness and health tips in order to maintain your healthy lifestyle when you go on trips.
TRAVEL FITNESS TIP #1 – TAKE A DROP IN CLASS WHEN YOU TRAVEL
You can always look up different fitness studios and do a drop in class. The best part about first-time visits is they are often free or heavily discounted. If you’re traveling for a few days, sometimes there are discounted weeks at fitness studios. If you have a membership to a gym, check if they have one in the city you are traveling to or if they have an affiliate.
Class Pass is a popular website and app where a monthly membership allows you to drop into different fitness studios in your city or other cities. You can take different classes like yoga, spin, boxing, etc to avoid boredom.
TRAVEL FITNESS TIP #2 – BRING A PORTABLE GYM
Bring compact workout gear in your luggage. I pack these when I’m on the road:
Travel Yoga Mat
TRAVEL FITNESS TIP #3 – USE THE HOTEL GYM
Most hotels have a gym with some basic equipment. Jump on the treadmill and do a warm up and then hit the weight machines. Even a 20-minute workout is better than nothing if you’re time crunched.
The gym at Aria Vegas – an amazing hotel gym!
TRAVEL FITNESS TIP #4 – WALK
This one is easy. As you go sightseeing around a new travel destination, walk as much as you can. While I was traveling on my round the world trip, I could easily walk up to 10 hours a day while exploring. I was in shape and even lost weight in Paris when I was eating my way through all the pastry shops!
Walk somewhere scenic like The Highline in NYC
TRAVEL FITNESS TIP #5 – RUN
Not everyone loves running but if you do, running is free everywhere! Not only is it a great way to maintain your fitness program when you travel but it’s great for sightseeing too. Just be sure to run during daylight and map out your course in safe places or where there’s a lot of people.
When I went to Vancouver for a visit, I ran a 10K race
To avoid carrying too many things I like to wear a running belt so that I can play music as well as have my phone along with me when I run. Because I upgrade phones fairly often, I don’t like to get one that is size specific to a phone. This one by SPI Belt has been fantastic and has a slim profile yet expands to hold a phone, cards, and keys.
Running belt for phone, keys, etc.
TRAVEL FITNESS TIP #6 – HIKE
Love the outdoors? I’ve gotten more and more into hiking over the past few years and love going for hikes when I travel. You often get to see beautiful views besides getting in a good workout.
Hiking at Mount San Jacinto in Palm Springs
Hiking at Angels Rest near Portland
TRAVEL FITNESS TIP #7 – SWIM
I always try to book a hotel with a pool. If the ocean is nearby, go for a dip!
You know you want to swim in this pool!
Bronte Beach Pool in Sydney, Australia
5 am dip at Sonora Resort before going fishing
TRAVEL FITNESS TIP #8 – PARTAKE IN THE LOCAL SPORT
Traveling to a winter resort? Go snowboarding or skiing. Not into those sports? Go snowshoeing! It’s just walking in the snow! Who can resist a gorgeous surfing beach destination? If you don’t surf already, take a class. It’s one of the best full body workouts around.
Surfing in Bali (yes that’s me!)
Cross country skiing!
Snowshoeing in Canada
Take a Muay Thai class in Thailand!
TRAVEL FITNESS TIP #9 – USE FITNESS APPS
Do you have a smart phone? There are so many fitness and health apps that can help you train even when you’re traveling. Some of my favorite fitness apps are Nike Training Club, Power 20, 7 Minute Fitness, and Map My Run.
TRAVEL FITNESS TIP #10 – YOUTUBE WORKOUT VIDEOS
Are you more of a workout video person? Perhaps you practice yoga at home? There are tons of free YouTube workout videos. This is perfect if you travel with your laptop or iPad.
Just search on Youtube for free videos!
TRAVEL FITNESS TIP #11 – STAY HYDRATED
Be sure to drink a lot of water! If you want to avoid buying bottled water, use a portable water bottle with a filter.
TRAVEL FITNESS TIP #12 – EAT SMART
It’s easy to overindulge when you travel. Make healthy decisions or even swaps. Want dessert with your dinner? Eat a salad with protein and lower your carb intake. Planning on indulging on a special dinner? Eat healthy throughout the day. I always try to eat a healthy breakfast when I travel, that way I stay mindful of my health when I start my day.
A yummy salad at Harlow in Portland, Oregon
Vegan salads at Culver City Salads food truck in Vancouver
I know that my veggie intake is low when I travel so I buy green juices (don’t get something too sweet)
TRAVEL FITNESS TIP #13 – BRING ALONG HEALTHY SNACKS
Bring or buy healthy snacks with you. It’s easy to get famished while exploring and then buy unhealthy/junk food. Bring a protein bar or fruit in your bag so that you don’t resort to unhealthy eating.
I try to bring a protein bar in my purse to curb hunger in between meals
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What are your healthy travel fitness tricks? Share them in the comments!
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