How to Exercise While Traveling

I recently went on a 9 day trip out of state and stayed at a friend’s house. With all my new year’s resolutions in full swing, I decided to stay dedicated to my workout plan. Here are a few tips on how to work out while staying at someone else’s house:

1. Go on a run – even if it’s just up and down the street a million times, it gets your heart pumping! Or if you’re a little more adventurous than me, you can pick a destination to run to as an “out and back”, or do a loop around the neighborhood. I am personally not adventurous enough to venture out into the unknown, so I just ran up and down the street tons of times (I got lots of funny looks from neighbors, too. Haha!)

2. Do body-weight exercises like burpees, lunges, and pushups. You can do this in your room, in the kitchen, or outside. It’s very versatile. You can even make up sets to keep yourself interested and motivated in the workout. This one’s my favorite, and really only takes about 15-20 minutes to complete:

Complete 5 rounds of:

  • 5 burpees
  • 20 lunges
  • 5 pushups
  • 10 squats

3. Find youtube exercise videos. If you’re in a house or hotel room with wifi, awesome! Just play them on your laptop. If you don’t have wifi, you can always go to a local place with wifi like Starbucks and pre-load the video, then you won’t need wifi to play it! My favorite Youtube channels for workouts are Tone it Up and Blogilates.

4. Bring a yoga or pilates dvd. This is a great option if the people you are traveling with or visiting sleep in later than you, or go to bed earlier than you. You can turn the volume down and perform these exercises quietly.

5. My final and favorite tip: Google search gyms nearby. Many corporate chain gyms offer up to a week of free membership to “try it out”. Just call a gym nearby and ask about their promotions. Invite the person you are staying with to go to the gym with you. This is a great (free!) way to spend quality time with the person you’re visiting, a great way to stay on top of your goals, and you get to motivate your loved one to be fit and healthy too! It’s a win-win all around.

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