I really enjoyed hearing the feedback from my post Top 5 Travel Nutrition Tips so today I am sharing with you my top tips for staying active while traveling.
Top 10 Tips for Staying Active While Traveling
Run a race.
Obviously I love to run and I am on the quest to run a race in every state (check out my Running Races Map to see how I’m doing). Running a race in a new city or state is a great way to explore! I love exploring new places on foot (I am directionally challenged, especially if driving) and you will likely see some less touristy parts of town during a race. Check out Running in the USA to find races all over.
(Running a 5k race in Jekyll Island, GA)
Drop in at a local fitness studio.
Lots of fitness studios allow you to come to your first class or even first week for free. If you are traveling, take advantage of this offer and drop in for a class. Some studios might require you pay since you likely won’t be becoming a regular member, but others will be happy to have you.
Back in December, I flew to Orlando, FL to meet up with my aunt for a road trip up to Savannah, GA and Charleston, SC. On the flight, I was listening to the Blissful Bites podcast and Kindal Boyle was being interviewed. Kindal is a personal trainer and owns a women’s only fitness studio in Charleston. At the end of the interview, she said that if you’re ever in Charleston, to look her up and drop in for a class. What?! What a coincidence. So I quickly emailed her (once the flight landed) and asked if I could come to a class and if we could meet up to talk since I was starting my own business and wanted to ask her some questions. She was so great! She invited me to a class (at 6:15am!!) and then coffee afterwards. It was a great workout and great connection and I am so glad I reached out! Check out the podcast interview – Do Something With Your Local Community First.
Find a local running group.
I have not done this myself but another member of Team Beef TN recently told me that while he was traveling in Memphis, he ran with a local running group. Lots of groups have weekly meet ups either on a weekday night or on Saturday morning. What a great idea to get in a workout and to chat with people who likely know the area you are visiting very well!
If you are a member of Class Pass, you can take classes in other cities while you are traveling. I love Class Pass! This is a great option for business or leisure trips when you are looking to stick to your workout routine or if you just want to try a fun new fitness class in a new city!
(Flying trapeze class in Minneapolis)
Take advantage of the hotel gym.
Most hotels have at least a small fitness center with a treadmill or free weights. Walk or run on the treadmill while watching TV or listening to a podcast; or do a little weight lifting just to get the blood pumping and the body moving. Even if I squeeze in just a short workout, I feel better than doing nothing. I even used the hotel gym’s foam roller after the Little Rock half marathon and it was amazing! I felt so much better after.
Bring your own fitness equipment.
Bringing a few fitness items in your luggage can be an easy way to get in a workout right in your hotel room. Bringing along small items such as mini bands or a Pilates circle will give you flexibility to do a short workout before or after your travels. Many of my physical therapy exercises use the mini bands including clam shells, side leg lefts and glute bridges. They may not seem like super intense exercises, but they do work!
Body weight exercises.
Similar to bringing your own fitness equipment, you can do body weight exercises in your hotel room or outside in a local park. Try lunges, squats, planks, push-ups, and more! Get creative!
If you do not know what exercises to do on your own or don’t have the motivation to do it alone, check out the many, many fitness YouTube videos! They are free and you can find a wide range of workouts from HIIT to yoga and Pilates. This is a great idea for getting in a workout in your hotel room while traveling!
Take a walking or bike tour of the city.
Again, I love to explore new places on foot (bike works too!). While we were in Amsterdam, we took a walking tour of the city and it was wonderful! You get to learn a lot about the city while being immersed in it and experience little things you might not see or do from a bus tour. Additionally, when I studied abroad in Australia in college, we took a bike tour of Sydney and it was one of my favorite things during that trip! It was so much fun and such a great way to see the city.
In addition to walking or bike tours, I also love to climb things. Again, while in Sydney Australia, I climbed the Sydney Harbor Bridge. It was absolutely amazing – the experience and the views! I also love to climb lighthouses and while traveling throughout Europe, climbed quite a few bell towers and churches – pretty much anything they would let us climb! You get some incredible views from the top!
(View of Siena, Tuscany from the top of a bell tower)
Be mindful of what you eat.
Finally, be mindful of what you eat. As they say, “you can’t out-train a bad diet!” If you are walking all over (such as we did in Europe and New York City), it can be easy to want to reward yourself with lots of food and drink – and that’s ok! But it can quickly add up and catch up to you so be mindful of what you eat while traveling, especially on days when you are less active such as long road trips or plane rides.
Any tips you would add for staying active while traveling?