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How to Workout on the Road (Yes, It Can Be Done!)

At some point in our lives we’ve all made excuses for something. 

Sometimes our excuses are legit. Other times – not so much. 

The problem with excuses is that, more often than not, they feel like legitimate reasons for not doing something. 

It can be difficult to figure out which ones are valid and which aren’t. 

We make excuses for just about everything – making our beds, working out, eating healthy – the list can go on and on.

One of the most common excuses people can make (myself included!) is: I can’t work out while I travel. 

Traveling and Working Out Don’t Mix, Right?

Traveling and Working Out Don’t Mix, Right?

This seems like a valid point. It’s hard to pack workout gear, especially if you’re traveling by air. Not only is it a pain to lug around heavy luggage, now the costs for luggage are extremely expensive.

Plus, when you get to your destination, you’re probably tired from traveling and in no mood to work out. You don’t have a gym membership in the place you’re visiting. And hotel gyms don’t always have the best equipment. 

And of course, who has time to work out on the road? If you’re traveling for work (which many entrepreneurs have to do), your days are filled with meetings and networking events, as well as seminars and client dinners.

If you’re traveling with your family on summer holiday, your days are packed, too. Like most people, you probably try to jam in as much into your schedule as possible – after all, who knows when you’ll get to this destination again. Conversely, you may just want to sit by the pool and relax. 

Whatever you have planned, working out doesn’t seem like it will fit into your schedule. But let me tell you something – the “I can’t workout while traveling” excuse is actually a lame one. I hate to be the one to tell you that – but it’s true. 

Why Traveling Is a Bad Excuse for Not Working Out

Why Traveling Is a Bad Excuse for Not Working Out

You know I hate to be the bearer of bad news. But you also know how important a healthy lifestyle is to me. My goal is to help parents, entrepreneurs, and everybody in between to live their healthiest life. 

So, if I have to throw down every once in a while – I’m going to do it. Tough love, right?

I can tell you from personal experience that excuses are really easy to fall into. But with a little bit of planning and forethought, you can squash any bad excuse that comes to mind and threatens your healthy lifestyle. 

Traveling on the road is a bad excuse because, in reality, there are exercises you can do anywhere. 

Granted, your on-the-road workout might not be as efficient as those you do at home or the gym, but they’ll still be effective. 

All you really need to do is pack a workout outfit and some sneakers. You don’t have to try to pack everything you own. So, heavy luggage isn’t a great excuse either. 

While you probably won’t have a gym membership where you are, you can still use the hotel gym, airport gym, or workout in your room. 

Your Best Workout on the Road: 3 Ways to Exercise Anywhere

Your Best Workout on the Road: 3 Ways to Exercise Anywhere

Working out on the road has actually never been easier. Tons of resources are available online – videos included – to help you stay fit while traveling. 

1. Turn Your Hotel Room into a Gym

According to NerdFitness.com, any hotel room can be transformed into a gym. You just have to get a little creative. You can do squats, jumping jacks, run in place, tricep dips, use resistance bands, and much, much more

2. Work Out While You Sit

Yep, even while you’re sitting in a car, plane, or train, you can work out. According to CalorieBee.com, try isometric exercises. These use your own body resistance to work the muscles. You can work your upper body pretty effectively using these types of exercises. 

3. Exercise Outside

If you have the opportunity to go on some tours of your travel destination, try to fit in some exercises. Find a bench and do some tricep dips. Or, do some pushups. If you don’t want to get down on the ground to do them, find a wall and do some wall pushups – or even some wall squats. 

Jodi and I were recently on a trip to Charlottetown with our kids and we rented a house from AirBNB and we actually did a workout from Beachbody On Demand in the backyard one morning.

It was a beautiful morning and a refreshing take on our usual morning workouts.  We felt great the rest of the day.

Traveling Provides Fun Ways to Exercise

Traveling Provides Fun Ways to Exercise Rafting

The great thing about traveling is that there are fun ways to stay active no matter what time of year you’re traveling. 

Just check out some of the things you can do while on the road that can count toward your workout.

During the warmer months try: 

  • Hiking
  • Swimming
  • Boating
  • Rafting
  • Mountain climbing
  • Horseback riding
  • Surfing
  • Bodyboarding 

During the cooler months try:

  • Skiing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Snowboarding
  • Hiking
  • Cross country skiing

And this list is just the tip of the iceberg. The next time you’re planning a trip, make sure active outings are on your list of things to do. This is just one more step you can take to have a healthy trip. And it will serve as a way to squash any bad excuse that comes to mind regarding working out and traveling.

Plan Ahead – the Best Way to Stay Healthy When You Travel

Plan Ahead – the Best Way to Stay Healthy When You Travel

It can be really easy to let your workout routine fall by the wayside when you travel. But remember – it can be done by planning ahead and being determined to continue your exercises. 

Not only that – it can be fun, too. With all of the fun activities you can do any time of year, you and your entire family can stay active wile on the road. 

Don’t let a bad excuse keep you from doing one of the best things you can do for your health. Be determined to stay active. Pretty soon, the “I don’t have time” or “You can’t work out on the road” excuses won’t even come into your head. And the best part – you’ll be healthier than ever!

What kind of exercises do you do on the road? Share your travel tips in the comments below or on my Facebook page

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