If you have an established fitness regimen, it can be difficult to maintain it while you’re on the road.
Fortunately, there are ways to keep active while away from home—and do so in a way that can be even more fun than your everyday routine.
Here are some of our favorite ways to keep active in a new destination:
- Run (or Walk) the Streets. With apps like Strava and MapMyRun, active travelers can get their run (or walk) on just by finding some of the more popular routes and trails recommended by users. Some hotels offer guided group runs or even publish their own running route map to hand out to guests who want to explore the city on their own. Getting out of your hotel in a new city can be a great way to explore the local area and take note of new restaurants, parks, museums and clothing boutiques you want to stop at later on in your journey.
- Hit the Gym. While it might not be as robust as a large fitness center, the hotel gym has improved tremendously in the last decade as more individuals are more conscientious of their overall health and fitness—whether at home or away. Even if you belong to a gym, engaging in a different fitness routine while on vacation is a great way to “surprise” your body and keep energy levels high while using new muscles you may not otherwise be working. A smaller hotel gym also helps you be more creative about your routine and choose equipment you may not typically use. This is also a great opportunity to check out some unique fitness routines on apps like Sworkit and FitStar that can be done at the hotel gym or even in your room If your hotel or rental has a pool on-site or nearby, swimming is a great low-impact workout, and all you need is a swimsuit and goggles.
- Stay in Your Room. Yes, you can get in a good workout right in your own room without venturing outside. There are tons of great workouts online, including these from Shape and Men’s Fitness magazines, that guide you through easy (yet effective) workouts, sans equipment. If you own exercise bands, toss them into your luggage (they take up about the same amount of space as a pair of socks) and use them for some extra resistance. You can also use the in-room water bottles as impromptu light weights.
- Be a Local. If you just can’t let any time lapse with your usual workout routine, check out some local gyms that are in the same company or category. If you’re into CrossFit, for example, you can hit a box in a different town. If you belong to a national fitness center chain, you may be able to hit up one of its other locations for a discounted (or even waived) fee. Not only is this a great way to keep up your regimen, but it’s a great opportunity to meet new friends and even get some tips on local spots you should check out.
Worried about staying active on your vacation? Don’t sweat it! Or do sweat it…in your new favorite vacation destination. We’ve got you covered.