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12 Tricks to Getting a Work Out While You Travel

October 22, 2018

12 Tricks to Getting a Work Out While You Travel

When you’re traveling, getting in your daily workout may be the last thing on your mind.  Between travel schedules, activity scheduling and getting everyone fed…who has time to work out?  You do!  Getting into and staying in a routine when it comes to exercise is a great benefit.  Letting those habits lapse when traveling can spell trouble for when you get home.  Here are some examples of staying active when you are at your home away from home:

At the airport:

If you have time, walk the concourse between flights.  The areas are temperature controlled and it gives you a chance to get a better feel for the location.

On the plane:

If you have a long flight and it is safe to remove your seatbelt, get up and walk the cabin every three to four hours to get your blood flowing.  Just remember not to disturb other passengers or airline employees. Try some gentle in your seat stretching when you arrive at your destination. Some exercises to try are:

  • Ankle Circles
  • Foot Pumps
  • Knee Lifts
  • Neck Rolls
  • Bring Knees to Chest
  • Forward Flex
  • Shoulder Roll

In the car:

Try and stop to get out and stretch your legs every three to four hours.  Find a safe place like a rest area or city park and take a few minutes to explore. Also perform the above exercises if you are the passenger.

In the hotel:

The easy answer is find the fitness center or pool and engage in your usual form of exercise.  Better yet, try something new!  Some companies provide in room equipment and videos — or even have classes available for guests.

At your destination:

Get out and explore the area around you!  Visit a historic landmark or walk to that top-rated restaurant just down the street.  Many places offer walking tours of the city or a specific tourist site.

  • Go for a hike or a swim if the locale provides the opportunity for outdoor activities.
  • Rent a bike or pedal car and go out on designated trails.
  • If your local gym has other locations across the country, check out the one closest to you.

Other tricks:

Look into a mobile workout app.  There are many available for free or low cost and you have a pre-designed workout just for you that you can complete in 30 minutes or less without any special equipment!

“Plan” your exercise into your day.  If you schedule it as part of your daily routine, it is much easier to keep it up.  Generally it is easier to work out in the morning so you have time to go out and participate in all the unplanned activities a vacation has to offer.

Whenever possible, take the stairs!

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