How To Stay Active While Traveling

June 29, 2016

It can be hard to stick to a workout routine during a 'normal' work week when you're in the office, but we're now in full-on summer mode which means our schedules are filling up with lots of traveling.

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While there's nothing better than vacations, weekend getaways, and seeing loved ones, traveling can throw a curve ball into your workout and even the goals you are working to reach. Instead of getting discouraged - arm yourself with my 5 tips to stay active while traveling - whether you're visiting family or traveling for work, these tips will help you stay on track.

Do your research - Hotel, check! After those plans are set, I always scope out the fitness center situation. Any hotel fitness center I've been to isn't a full gym, but there's usually at the very least a flat bench, treadmill/elliptical, free weights and a few other versatile machines that will allow you to get a good workout in.

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Bring your own accessories - Not only are comfortable shoes important, but I always like to bring my own workout accessories to help get the most out of any sweat session. Gloves or grips for weightlifting, resistance band for extra burn, discs for ab and leg exercises... the list is endless. These items take up very little space in your suitcase, too which is a plus! No fitness center? Use the hotel room furniture to do a workout. Elevated push ups using a coffee table can be fun! ;)

Get outside - Summer is the perfect time to work up a sweat outside, especially if you don't have access to a fitness center. Whether it's just going for a long run, practicing yoga, doing a quick HIIT set (try a combo of jumping jacks, mountain climbers, high knees and burpees) or using a playground, working out under palm trees is always better.

Workout in the morning (if possible) - Starting your day with a workout will help you to make better decisions the rest of the day - especially when it comes to eating.

Don't beat yourself up - So you slept in, threw a swim suit on and spent the day at the beach and now it's time for dinner. Time flies when you're having fun! #vacation It's okay to miss a day or two when you're not on vacation, and the same applies when you are enjoying some time away. It happens! Just accept it, move on, enjoy your time away and try again tomorrow.

What's your secret to staying active when traveling?

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