Summer Travel Fitness Tips


Does your schedule change a lot in the summer? School’s out, vacations are on the books, and sometimes the beach just beckons more than usual. Even business conferences and client visits can get in on the action. All these seasonal changes can conspire against your workout routine, but it’s possible to stay on track between gym visits with these summer travel fitness tips.

In Transit

Park Far, Far Away

Travel can involve sitting for hours in cramped quarters, so make the most of every opportunity to stretch your legs and even sneak in some physical activity. Park as far away from entrances as you can, walk around airport terminals while waiting for flights, take the stairs instead of the escalator, and enjoy the superhero feeling of power walking on the moving sidewalks!

Make Your Luggage Work for You

Your bags don’t have to just be a burden. Like any weighted object, luggage can be resistance to work your muscles along the journey. Whether you’re carrying a bag, wearing a backpack, or pulling a rolling suitcase, think of it as a fitness training tool. Remember to also protect your back, maintain a balanced load, and tighten up your core. With all that exercise happening, you’ll be grateful for your luggage!

At the Hotel

Bodyweight Exercises

When you don’t feel like leaving the room, you can still get a great workout with no-equipment bodyweight exercises. Pushups, jumping jacks, squats, lunges, tricep dips (your room has a chair, right?), sit-ups… even the dreaded burpees—you’ll get a full-body workout without adding bulk to your suitcase. For an extra boost, throw in an extremely portable resistance band or tube!

Bring Along a Group Substitute

Missing your group workout classes while on the road? Find a DVD (or downloadable) workout you enjoy that can fill in (you can even rip a DVD that you own—no pirating, please—and import it to your phone or tablet). Or there are numerous apps with pre-programmed workouts that can help keep you accountable—like a digital fitness buddy.

On Location

Rent a Bike, Not a Cab

You don’t have to be on vacation to use some fun and fit-friendly transportation options. Even if you’re on a business trip, bike rentals can be a healthy and convenient way to get from your hotel to the conference or workspace, or even around town after the workday concludes. Come prepared with a change of clothes and/or pant leg straps and you’ll be ready to enjoy the ride.

Book a Walking Tour

If you’re vacationing or taking care of business, chances are your destination is just that… a destination. Combine a little cardio with some local insight by booking a walking tour. You’ll gain a great story and feel refreshed from the workout you’ll forget is a workout.

Check Out the Local Flavor

Lots of local gyms have drop-in rates (or even visitors’ passes), so take advantage! With the popularity of group fitness classes these days, you’re sure to find a familiar favorite, including Zumba, Les Mills classes, Pilates, yoga, and more.

Be Prepared

Life is hectic—which is why we so often try to get away in the summer. But with a little advance planning, you can prepare for a trip that will support and not sabotage your fitness journey. But while you were away, you can bet your fitness family missed you at the gym!


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