I didn’t used to travel as much as I have been lately. Maybe I have more opportunities now that I’ve been a partner for so many years, or maybe I am saying “yes” to more opportunities now that my kids are in college, but I am becoming quite the road warrior. Traveling can make it harder to keep up with my fitness routine, but I have come up with some strategies for staying active while traveling for business or pleasure.
1. Pack workout clothes. I hate packing because I hate deciding what to wear so many days in advance, but I always put a few sets of workout clothes and running shoes in my suitcase. Plus, once I’ve devoted precious carry-on space to gym clothes, I will make more of an effort to put them to good use!
Yep! Those are the new Mizuno WaveRider 18 shoes —
please check out my review here.
If you forget your workout clothes–or can’t squeeze them into your suitcase–and are staying at a Westin, you can borrow a full outfit (including New Balance shoes) for about $5.
2. Go for a run.Taking advantage of a safe and scenic running route is my favorite way to stay active while I’m travelling. Many larger hotels have small maps with running routes, but it’s also a good idea to ask the concierge or receptionist for their suggestions. The running map at my hotel in Toronto would have taken me down the street, but the concierge suggested that I run along the water instead.
Try to upload your Garmin data before your flight home or wear your Garmin through security–I’ve found out the hard way that sending it through the x-ray luggage screen wipes out the data. 🙁
3. Check out the hotel gym.I usually stalk hotel websites for photos of the gym–to make sure they really have one, and to manage my expectations. Some hotel gyms have great views, while others are tucked in a dark back corner of the basement.
Even if the gym is not well-equipped, I can do a workout from The Original 7 Minute Workout App (which has no-equipment routines from 7-30 minutes) that will get my heart rate up and make those gym clothes sweaty.
4. Walk everywhere. When we are on vacation, we tend to walk as much as possible. One of the reasons we like Rehoboth Beach so much is that we can enjoy the beach, boardwalk, restaurants and shopping without ever having to drive anywhere. On our trip to Toronto, we walked to all of the tourists districts, saving what we would have spent on cab fare for more important things–like hand-made chocolates. 😉
5. Do what you can when you can (#WYCWYC). Sometimes there is just no time for a workout, no gym of any sort, or no safe place to walk or run. It’s OK to take an extra rest day, but I always feel better if I can at least take a few minutes to do some stretching and/or short yoga flow sequences in my hotel room, to counteract the stress and strains of traveling.
I’ve download some yoga videos to my Kindle Fire for hotel room sessions.
How do you stay active when you travel?
Do you have any favorite hotel room workouts?