Succeeding with your Workouts while Traveling



By Grace Iberle, RDN, LDN, CHC, CPT 

Traveling, whether it be for business or pleasure, can stick a wrench in your routine - less time or space to exercise, dining out more often, not getting the greatest sleep, etc.  It can add more stress to our already hectic lives. Humans are creatures of habit, so when we’re out of our groove it can be an even more important time to focus on how we can de-stress and pick up those energy levels. Lucky for us, regular exercise can help to improve stress and energy levels. Incorporating regular exercise while traveling can get us focused for the day ahead and keep us on our A game.


Ways to incorporate more exercise while on the road:

  • Schedule the time and honor it as a high priority - find what works for you. Often time in the morning is easiest to start the day with a clear head and not be able to make excuses as the day goes on.

  • Start right away - once you’ve arrived it can be difficult to find motivation so make it easy on yourself. Have you workout clothes easily accessible, have your workout planned out, use an app to help keep track, work with a LifeStart trainer to hold you accountable.

  • Get in some extra steps - walk the terminal at the airport, take a few laps around the hotel, use the stairs when possible.

  • Body weight exercises in your hotel room - jumping jacks, push ups, planks, squats. Add a challenge by holding your suitcase as added weight.

  • Bring resistance bands or a jump rope - these are light to pack and can be used anywhere.

  • If your hotel has a pool, pack a suit and sneak in a few laps

  • Explore a new city by going for a walking tour or a hike


Every little bit counts! Continue to move and find things you enjoy. As always, it’s important to listen to your body. If you are experiencing jet lag or are simply feeling exhausted from traveling, you can always take it easy by making your workout lighter or shorter, but still get moving!

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