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Posted on Oct 1, 2013 | 4 comments

Travel Tips: Bitten by the Travel Bug? How to Stay Fit on the Road

Travel Tips: Bitten by the Travel Bug? How to Stay Fit on the Road

First of all, a big thanks to Kimmy and Drew for the opportunity to guest post today. I’ve known Kimmy for a few years; we met online while planning our destination weddings. I can’t wait until we can meet in person!

Anyways, my name is Lora and I blog over at Crazy Running Girl. I write a lot about running, but the travel bug has bitten my husband and me so we are busy adventuring around everywhere. We’ve been busy traveling the U.S. lately, but have a big trip to Hawaii and Australia planned this October.

How to Stay Fit on the Road

Enjoying the views in Asheville, NC – a new favorite weekend getaway of ours.

Getting in a Workout While Traveling

The one thing that’s always tough to juggle while on the road is getting a good workout in. Throughout our adventures, I’ve learned a few tips to make it happen:

1. Plan ahead of time.
A workout never works if you don’t have the right clothes. Make sure you set aside some space in your suitcase for your tennis shoes, socks, sports bra, gym shorts and a workout tank.

Depending on the length of my trip, I’ll pack one or two sets of clothes. I always bring a gallon bag or something similar to store it in after I workout so my other clothes aren’t getting their sweat on.

2. Be a walking explorer.
When my husband and I travel, we are guilty of walking EVERYWHERE. After our first day visiting NYC for the first time, our feet hurt so bad we literally had to crawl around our hotel room.

That being said, get some good shoes and get ready to walk where you are traveling… as long as it’s safe! It is a great way to see the city/area and see how the local culture lives. Of course, don’t over do it, especially on the first day.

3. Sign up for a class or a race.
The best way to stay accountable is to sign up for a class or a race. Then you feel like you can’t miss it! Plus it’s a great way to get to know the local area. If you can, bring your travel partner with you. It’ll be an experience that you won’t forget.

I am notorious for signing up for marathons and then planning trips around it. I get to run (score!) and my husband gets a morning of sleeping in. And then, we both get to celebrate by adventuring in a new city or place. It’s like a two-for-one!

How to Stay Fit on the Road

Earlier this year, I ran the Big Sur Marathon… which gave us a great excuse to travel up California’s coast and spend a few days in San Francisco. It was the perfect vacation!

4. Do a hotel room workout.
If you only have a few spare minutes, it’s better than not working out at all. Grab 10 or 15 minutes in the morning before you head out for the day and do a quick workout. No equipment needed! One of my favorites:

How to Stay Fit on the Road

Hotel Room Circuit

Thank you to Lora of Crazy Running Girl for sharing her tips on how to stay fit on the road!

How do you squeeze in a workout when traveling? Any packing tips for your bulky workout gear?

All Photos Provided by Lora of Crazy Running Girl.

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Lora is a marathon runner who loves travel, knitting, her cats, and of course, running. Her travels have taken her around the US, Iceland, Australia, and more. Lora shares running tips, advice, and stories on her popular running blog Crazy Running Girl.

About Kimmy Hayes


Kimmy Hayes is the founder and editor-in-chief of AfterGlobe; a site on becoming debt free and traveling the world as a married couple. In 2012, she planned and coordinated her own do-it-yourself destination wedding on the beautiful island of Maui while serving as a moderator for the on-line community, The Knot. She is passionate about traveling to experience new cultures, snorkeling the waters of the world and reading with her toes in the sand.

4 Comments

  1. I find the easiest way to stay fit while traveling is to walk as much as possible. It comes natural when visiting a city such as NYC or Paris, for example. We recently did a weekend trip to Indianapolis and actually drove to most of our destinations. We only walked a few blocks at a time. So mixed with all the great food and beer I actually gained five pounds. It’s hard when traveling to places with such good food.
    Lance | Trips By Lance recently posted…Discover American West at Indianapolis Eiteljorg MuseumMy Profile

  2. Your so right, walking around and seeing things does help and you never even realise it because your are killing two birds (sightseeing and exercise)

    I take an elastic fitness band that you would never notice in your bag. I use it for biceps, triceps and shoulders during my hotel workouts after my morning run. Perfect piece of fitness equipment for the traveller.

  3. Hi Crazy Running Girl and thanks for the tips. I’m pretty much in the hotel room work out category. I can bring a few work out DVDs or even Insanity! and stay in my room.

    I usually do it first thing in the morning after I’ve woken up. Complete the work out in the room and I don’t have to worry about any particular clothes to wear. Then it is straight in the shower to feel refreshed and ready to face the day.
    The Guy recently posted…The Number One Reason To TravelMy Profile

  4. These are great tips!
    I’ve done hotel room workouts, as well as work outs in the hotel gym. I’ve done runs in the local trails/parks. I’ve also rented bikes to go for a bike ride, and just yesterday I discovered CycleItalia and I want to do a tour with them so I can return to Italy and get more exercise, their motto is “pedala forte,mangia bene” (ride hard, eat well).

    I’m also planning destination races for this year! And my goal is also to run around a new city, I can spot out places I’ll wanna check out later on foot and explore more in depth!
    Camila Maria recently posted…My Alaskan Christmas: the FoodMy Profile

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