Friday Five: 5 Ways to Stay Fit on The Road

It’s Friday, so I’m linking up with Running on Happy and Fairytales and Fitness for the new Friday Five 2.0. The theme this week is “Vacation Spots” or “How to Fit in Your Workouts on Vacation.” I’m recycling a post from last year. As a road warrior, I’m always coming up with new ideas to stay fit on the road!

5 Ways to Stay Fit on the Road

Brought my gear for a lakefront run in Cleveland

1. Bring your workout gear. I always take my sneakers and running clothes on trips. Even if I only have a few minutes, I try to move. I always feel better starting the day with a run or walk even if it is a short one. I love to see new places and familiar places that I love, too. As an added bonus, I try see friends in other cities for a run or workout. Connecting with friends on the road for business is very good for my health and happiness.

2. Scope out hotel gyms, drop in fitness classes and running trails before you book. I’ve mentioned this before. I stay in hotels with gyms or access to fitness options (classes or outdoor running) whenever possible. I use my 7 minute workout app in the room if there is no gym or just do some push-ups and sit-ups (#betterthannothing!)

3. Walk to your meetings. This is sometimes easy and sometimes tough. If you’re in a city, this one’s a breeze. If not, park as far from the building as possible and try to move around on breaks.

4. Take the opportunity to be active when you can. I walk around in airports… a lot. Hopefully, I’m not freaking anyone out at the TSA. If I have only a little time when I get up, I run for a few minutes, walk or so a few minutes of body weight exercise. I take the stairs or the long way around when I walk. You get the gist. Like Michelle Obama says, “Just Move!”

5. Know when to take a rest. If you’re like me, you may be constantly in motion. Sometimes, when traveling or on vacation, stars do not align for working out. I take that as a sign from above that I need a rest day. I try to stretch out and relax.

How do you stay fit and happy on the road? Have a great weekend!

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  1. Kimberly G says:

    I follow all of the tips you outlined above! When i was in Minneapolis earlier this year I reached out to the hotel to get running routes near the hotel so I could get in my 5 mile run!

  2. I always feel like I need a vacation from my vacation. There is always so much going on and you want to see so much with so little time. I always try to pack my sneakers as well. A quick sweat session allows me to fee less guilty when having a cocktail at the bar.

  3. Of all people, I trust that you know how to stay active on the road!!

  4. I love to try out new studios or classes when we travel sometimes those are the best classes and often the first one is free so win win

  5. You know what? All the airports I’ve been in lately have “meditation rooms” for yoga, but they are never open. I find that odd.

  6. Rachel says:

    Great post and why have I never thought about going to a gym!!! Duh. I’ve always relied on the hotel gyms or just going outside. But what a great way to get in some exercise and change up the routine!! Brilliant.

  7. Crissie Woolard says:

    These are some great ideas. It’s always hard to exercise when you are traveling

  8. Coco says:

    I definitely pack my running gear and check out the hotel gym before I leave. I used the J&J Seven Minute App at my hotel in Seoul — where the gym didn’t open until 7 but the jet leg had me up at 4! That one lets you build longer workouts that can be pretty tough.

  9. Amy Lauren says:

    My job is based in a town 2 hours away and when I go, I usually pay $5 and do a guest pass at a local gym. Sometimes I run though. Also I upgraded my Planet Fitness membership to the black card, which gives me access to any of their gyms. Even if I just run in another part of town, I have access to a shower before driving home!

  10. These are great tips but I am always so bad when it comes to workout during vacation.

  11. Alyssa says:

    Great tips! I know you travel a lot too so I am sure these are tried and true! I especially like the idea that “something is better than nothing” even if it is just walking around the airport!

  12. Lisa Brown says:

    Walking to your meetings is a great idea. If you’re going to a conference, get a hotel about a half mile from the conference center. You’ll get more exercise, and you’ll save your company money to boot!

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