How to Stay Fit While Traveling.

My 6-day trip to Park City, Utah (and blogging hiatus) has finally come to an end. I’m finally back in Rhode Island! There’s no place like home.

Staying healthy and fit while traveling is always a challenge. But here are my top 6 tips for making it happen:

  1. Remember that there’s no such thing as “vacation” calories. You’ve probably heard people try to justify an unhealthy meal by saying, “It’s okay. I’m on vacation.” While there is nothing wrong with the occasional indulgence, it’s important to remember the obvious: Your body doesn’t process food differently when you’re on a vacation. Calories are calories, plain and simple.
  2. Stay at a hotel with a gym, or buy day passes. Before I left on my trip, I was excited to discover that my hotel had a fitness center. When I arrived, I realized the so-called fitness center consisted of two old treadmills, a yoga mat and one piece of equipment. Since the hotel booking was beyond my control, I called the concierge and found an actual gym 10 minutes down the road. I purchased a few day passes – which was a bit pricey – but splurging on your body is always a good thing.
  3. Use your feet. One of the best ways to explore a new city is on foot, and it’s also great exercise. Opting to walk (instead of buses, cabs and the like) will help counteract some of those extra calories we tend to consume while traveling.
  4. Stock the mini-fridge. I made use of the mini-fridge by stocking it with my own food. I hit up a local grocery store and purchased some fresh fruit and sandwiches. Using the mini-fridge for your own food is a great way to cut down on restaurant meals.
  5. Be flexible. Exercise doesn’t need to be “all or nothing.” Maybe your typical gym routine is 60 minutes, and you only have 30 minutes of free time. As Tim Gunn would say, “Make it work.” Do what you can with what you’ve got! 30 minutes of exercise is better than zero minutes of exercise.
  6. Beat the rush. Though this tip isn’t for everyone, I’d recommend getting up an hour before your friends, family or coworkers. Before your busy vacation schedule starts, dedicate this early morning time to exercise. At the end of the day, after hours of traveling and exploring, you’re probably not going to have the energy to exercise.

Those are my six tips but I’d love to hear some of yours! Let me know in the comments below!

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Comments

  1. Great summary of advice!

    I actually saw the movie a few days ago at the Google office – really loved it

  2. As for expensive one day passes – most gyms will offer a “free trial” if you ask. Just don’t tell them you’re from out of town ;)

  3. Great advice Davey…and you find the best pictures to complement these topics. :)

  4. Hey Davey, Great tips. I travel for work 11 months of the year- hotel rooms are my home. What you have summed up are all essential! A massive must is a QUALITY resistance band set. God i’ve had a bunch that have snapped over time and wacked me in the face! so pro ones like powertubepro.com.au are the best! Cheers, x

  5. The “fitness center” you describe is typical of hotels. The only ones with good fitness facilities are those that are run by a concessionaire who sells memberships to the public. These are sometimes found at larger or resort hotels. But always ask at the desk if they provide passes to a nearby gym. Many do, at reduced price or free.

  6. I’m typing this from the Hyatt in Orlando Airport. The gym here is excellent. It’s the exception not the rule. I’ve given up on them and work out at whatever local facility is available. On thursday that required driving 20 minutes to a LA Fitness.

    If you travel with any frequency build a routine. It’s even more important on the road then at home. I woke up a half hour early on thursday to get in a work out.

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