Staying in shape when traveling may seem hard to do, without access to a gym and weights. It’s easy to make an excuse not to work out on vacation. With planning it’s possible to keep up with your fitness routine. We’ve put together a few ways to keep active when traveling.
5 Tips to Stay Fit When You're Traveling
1. Pack the right clothes
Packing for a vacation can be very stressful. There are so many things to think about and it is easy to forget something important. Some of the most important items that you should bring with you are running shoes, socks, quick-dry shirts, shorts, or athletic pants. A mesh bag to separate your exercise clothes can be a life-saver and double as a laundry bag.
2. Prepare your meals
We tend to eat about 15% more when we travel. This is because of the lack of control over what we eat and the lack of routine. People who are on a diet often end up eating more unhealthy food when they travel. In order to avoid this, it is important to be prepared before you leave. Pack snacks with you so you can avoid over-eating at restaurants or buying unhealthy snacks from convenience stores. You should also find out which healthy restaurant chains are in the area and plan your meals ahead of time so you don't have to worry about it while traveling.
3. Find a fitness partner or join a gym
If you are not a fan of the gym, then a workout buddy may be a good idea to motivate you to go exercise. Gyms like Planet Fitness or Anytime Fitness have plans that allow you to visit their various gyms wherever they are located. So if you are away from home, you’ll never have to miss a workout.
4. Find some way of staying active on your trip
It’s important to stay active when you travel. The more we move, the better our mood and the less likely we are to get sick. There are many ways to stay active while traveling, from taking a walk in the city center or hiking in the mountains. But it’s not always easy to find time for these activities or have access to them.
Packing light-weight small fitness accessories such as resistance bands, weight vests, or dumbbells can be helpful.
Here are some tips on how you can be active when you're traveling:
- Use your hotel gym if possible
- Take a walk around your hotel
- Go on a walking tour of the city
5. Establish some routine for yourself before you leave
The last thing you want to do before you leave is to pack. But if you have some routine that you can establish before the trip, it will make packing easier and more organized.
The first thing to do is to figure out what clothes are going with you on your trip. If you know that a certain outfit is going with you, it will make packing much easier for the clothes that are left behind. Next, try to pack outfits for different occasions and plan for your workout routine.
Check out some of our easy-to-pack exercise gear. Our Sandbag Duffle can double as carry-on luggage and weightlifting sandbag.