How to Work Out While Traveling

We’ve all been there.  You’ve been consistent with your workouts and are starting to see results.  But then it happens.  You go out of town for a week or two and all those hard earned gains seem to disappear.  You’re back to square one.

It doesn’t matter if it’s a family vacation or if you’re traveling for business, keeping up your workout routine while you’re on the road can be a challenge.  Here are a few ways you can stay consistent and make progress away from home.

Use Bodyweight Exercises

One of the biggest challenges when traveling is that you no longer have access to your gym or all your equipment.  This is where bodyweight exercises come in.

Not only are bodyweight exercises incredibly challenging, they also travel well.  Things like push ups, L-sits, and squats are great ways to challenge your body and can be done anywhere. 

Plan Ahead

Habits and routines are deeply ingrained in our external environment.  This is helpful for everyday life, but makes it hard to remain consistent when we travel.  The best way to overcome this is to make a plan and stick to it.  Unless you plan ahead, it’s easy for days, or even weeks to pass without a workout.  Simply deciding before you leave, “I’m going to workout on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings” can make a huge difference.

Know what exercises you are going to do and when.  Having a plan is the first step in sticking to your goals.


Have you ever noticed how days can tend to fill up, and once you get to the end of the day you realize you didn’t do the things you needed to?  This is one reason I recommend that people make a habit of working out in the morning if at all possible.  It feels good to have your workout completed before lunch and then be able to move on with the rest of your day.  And even if you miss a morning workout, there’s still the afternoon and evening!

Get Others Involved

I found that when I travel, it is often to see family or friends.  This makes working out a challenge because I want to spend as much time as I can with the people I came to see.  Instead of doing your workout all alone, try to get others involved as much as possible.

They may not be able to do the same workout as you, but people love to watch, encourage, and even place bets on how many push ups you can do.  Make it fun for everyone.  That way, you don’t feel left out and they get to be involved in this important part of your life.

Do Something

Even if you can’t do your full workout plan, doing something is better than doing nothing.  Find a way to challenge your body and get moving, even if it’s not what you had planned.  Go for a walk and explore the area you’re visiting, or challenge your little cousin to a wrestling match.  Find a way to move every day, and your body will thank you.

How do you stay in shape while you are on the road?  Join the conversation by posting in the comments below.