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Traveling Exercises - Fitness While Traveling

Updated on July 30, 2011

While traveling, keeping up a regular exercise routine can sometimes be difficult, which is why you have to plan ahead sometimes.

I tend to book hotels that have some type of exercise room. It could be very limited on what they have, but at this point anything will help, especially, the mindset of keeping up with your regular routine. Recently, I stayed at a hotel with a weight machine, stationary bike, and two treadmills; one of the treadmills and the bike was broke, the other treadmill felt like it was going to fall a part, and the weight machine was limited. In the end, I had a basic workout of sit-ups and push-ups, but I used what I had to keep up some sort of routine.

Traveling can cut your regular routines short, but you can still get in a satisfactory workout.

Exercising Without Equipment

Even if you're used to using equipment, you can still get a satisfying workout without anything except yourself.

  • Push-ups
  • Sit-ups
  • Lunges
  • Tricep dips
  • Squats
  • Leg lifts (and leg lift squats- one leg squats)
  • Jumping jacks

If you get tired of the same ole pushups, try doing different types. You can use a a phone book, place one hand on the book and the other on the floor, do as many push-ups as you can. You can even try one armed push-ups, as well as side push ups.

Access to Equipment While Traveling

If you're staying at a friend or family members' house, or if you're staying at a hotel with a fitness center, you may have access to some equipment. Even if the equipment is old and in need of updating, you can still use it.

Make the best out of what you have, but remember that you can easily over-do your exercise if you're using equipment that you're not used to, as well as equipment that isn't updated.

Keep an Exercise Routine While Traveling and on Vacation

No matter where you go or how you travel, you want to try to maintain some kind of exercise routine. Your body will crave the endorphins, and you'll find that if you're used to exercising and don't, you may feel more tired than usual.

Walk or run up/down hotel stairs, swim in the pool, run/walk around the premises, etc.

If you need to, bring small weights, exercise bands, and other portable equipment with you.

Exercising on a Plane

If you're going to be on a plane for a long period of time, you may want to ensure that you reduce your odds for circulation problems and sore joints.

  • You can bring a tennis ball, or just use a rolled up pair of socks; squeeze until your hands are tired.
  • While on the plane, you want to leave your feet flat on the ground and raise your legs; you can add a piece of luggage to your lap if you want more resistance.
  • Periodically stretch your neck. Keep your chin close to your throat, tilting your head forward, and roll your head from one side to the other and backward.
  • Flex you butt muscles by holding the gluts as tight and long as you can before releasing and tightening again.

Hotels With a Fitness Center

Before booking your hotel, check with the website or call the customer service line to verify whether or not they have a fitness center. If they have an area where you can work out, find out what equipment is available; you may find another hotel nearby that has more or better equipment.

Find a hotel with a fitness center using one of the below sites.


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