How To Maintain Your Workout Scheduling While Traveling

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The May long weekend is fast approaching and we all know what that means — summer is almost here! Summer has always been my busiest travel season and this year is no exception. Between a few out-of-town weddings and some family vacations, my calendar is chock full of time away from home and from my normal routine. As someone who craves regular workouts, this used to stress me out, but I’ve figured out a few simple ways to squeeze in a workout no matter where your travel takes you:

1. Lightweight equipment:

Lightweight equipment is your new BFF. Items like resistance bands, sliders (these ones from Megan Roup are my favorite because they work on hardwood AND carpet), wrist and ankle weights and jump ropes are easy to pack and are super versatile, making it easy to workout every part of your body.

2. Online classes:

If classes are more your speed, digital fitness streaming platforms can fill the void while you’re away from your favorite studios. I’ve been a member of Obé for a few months and it’s been a game changer for me. I can log-in anytime and access a wide variety of classes including dance cardio, toning, high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and yoga. I’m so addicted to the dance cardio that I’ve been doing those workouts instead of my typical elliptical session, even when I’m not traveling. I also love videos from Amanda Kloots and Megan Roup.

3. Bodyweight exercises:

If you forgot to pack equipment or you don’t have internet access, don’t stress. You can get in a killer workout using your own bodyweight. Here’s a circuit that always gets my heart rate up:

  • 30 jumping jacks (or 15 burpees)

  • 15 pushups

  • 15 tricep dips (use a chair or edge of the bed)

  • 30 plié squats

  • 30 calf raises

  • 20 reverse lunges (10 each leg)

  • 20 single-leg glute bridges (10 each leg)

  • 10 commando planks

  • 20 oblique pikes (10 each side)

  • 20 mountain climbers (10 each side)

Repeat the circuit 3-4 times with a 30 second rest in between rounds.

4. Explore your surroundings:  

If you have the time, check out the city you’re visiting on foot or by bike. When my husband and I were on our honeymoon in the Amalfi Coast, we climbed an average of 50 flights of stairs every day exploring the small coastal towns (needless to say our legs were so sore) You can also check to see if there’s an area nearby where you can squeeze in a quick hike.

Instead of worrying about being away from your gym or fitness studios, view your travel plans as a way to mix up your exercise routine. Remember that our bodies adjust quickly to routine so these travel workouts could be a great way to take your fitness to the next level!