I believe that experiences are far more valuable than any material item I could buy, which is why traveling is easily my favorite thing to spend money on. I luckily found a job that sends me all over the country, and I love to explore the new cities I’m in on my down time. When I’m not traveling for work, I am constantly planning out my next vacation, and I am already counting down the days until my London and Paris trip in May. While I am very fortunate to be able to travel as much as I do, the one downfall is that it can be really easy to put on weight since I don’t have a kitchen and my usual workout routine at my disposal. Whenever I’m out of town, I do what I can to stay fit and active, and here are some of the ways I do so.
Scope out the Hotel Gym: Before you even arrive, you can usually check on the hotel websites to see what their offerings include. In some, there might just be one measly elliptical or two, but in others, there could be a state-of-the-art facility and an in-house masseuse! A little research before you leave will help you prepare for what the hotel does or doesn’t have to offer.
Classpass: Y’all know how much I love classpass. When you purchase the program, you can attend fitness classes in almost all major US cities. No matter where you find yourself, you can take a fitness class of your desired intensity in anything from barre and yoga classes to cycle and bootcamps! With classpass, no matter where you go, you’ll find a community of other physically fit people living mindfully ready to welcome you with open arms.
Fitness Apps: Usually we work out with people who hold us accountable. Sometimes that’s our friends and sometimes that’s other people in your fitness classes. When you’re away, you don’t have your usual fitness sponsor, but there are some apps that will function sort of the same way. Dailyburn, for example, is a fitness app that includes exercises for the day, meals you can prepare, and chat forums for you to interact with other users. One of my personal favorites is Sweat with Kayla, which is so good at helping women get in shape and stay active that it’s been featured everywhere from the Wall Street Journal to Cosmopolitan. Apps are really good for staying on track!
Hotel chairs: Believe it or not, you can exercise pretty much every major muscle group with nothing but a chair! From squats to leg lifts to stretches to dips, a simple sturdy chair will provide all the stability you need to keep your muscles toned while you’re away from your gym or home.
Yoga: No matter where you’re going, you can find enough space to stretch, contort, and meditate. Sometimes, when you’re away from home and unfocused, doing yoga is the perfect thing to center yourself and stay calm during your trip. If you’re especially advanced in the practice, some even combine their travel photos with their yoga. Yogis will often hold positions in front of landmarks or interesting landscapes for a one-of-a-kind photo ops that capture the scene and your personality!
Go jogging: Assuming you’re somewhere safe, jogging is a super accessible exercise that doesn’t require a lot of extra space in your suitcase besides a pair of running shoes! Also, I recommend running as a way to explore the sights and sounds of the place you’re visiting. In a car, you’re moving too fast to really appreciate the area, so taking a walk or jogging will give you the opportunity to slow down and really take in the scenes!
Healthy restaurants: The first thing I do when I get to a new city is yelp the local Superfood Cafes/ Juice and Smoothie Bars. At restaurants like these, they always use the freshest ingredients for their juices and smoothies and have a wide array of healthy superfood options as well. As a rule of thumb, weight loss is generally 75 percent diet and 25 percent exercise, which is why it is so important to still eat healthy while you travel.