Let’s face it.  No matter how nice the hotel gym is, sometimes you’d rather be doing something else.  That’s ok!  Fitness is more than just lifting weights and running on a treadmill.  Whether you’re on vacation or a business trip, here are some easy ways to stay active when you travel.


Walk and bike when you can.  Instead of renting a car or using a ride sharing app, get active by walking or biking to where you’re going.  This is also a great way to experience a city or neighborhood up-close.


Look for playgrounds.  They’re everywhere and they make great facilities for staying fit.  You’ll find plenty of exercises and workout programs you can do at a playground by searching online.


Use the hotel pool, which sounds a lot more fun than sweating in the gym!  You can swim laps but there are also a lot of other ways to exercise and stay active in the pool.


Try bodyweight exercises.  You don’t need weights and fancy machines to get in a great workout.  Pushups, planks and lunges are just a few exercises you can do anywhere you have a little floor space.


Pack some light exercise equipment.  If you want to take travel exercise to the next level, bring along your own workout gear. Resistance bands and a stability ball don’t weigh much or take up a lot of room in your luggage.


Practice yoga and stretching.  Mindfulness is an important dimension of fitness and it’s something you can do just about anywhere.  Even a quick 10-minute stretching session has significant benefits for your health.



Kevin Arnold


Kevin Arnold writes about health, wellness and travel.  For more tips and information, check out all of his posts at www.pureroom.com/blog.

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