Making Fitness Work When You Travel

I recently received an email from a reader of my blog:

 Hi Darren,

I came across your blog and really enjoyed reading it. I am wondering if you’re interested in featuring an article from me on your blog because I recently have been looking into how fitness and eating healthy can specifically benefit frequent travellers and those on vacation. 

Fitness has helped me in particular with dealing with stress and anxiety and I have found that keeping in this routine while traveling is extremely hard and tedious. Exercising should not just happen in the confines of your own home, gym, or neighbourhoods. It should be explored in other areas especially for a frequent traveler who wants to stay in his or her routine. There are some really awesome trends going on right now regarding this topic that I would love to explore.

I really believe an article on this topic would appeal to your readers tremendously. I would love to shoot one over to you so you can review it and possibly share it with your visitors. Let me know what you think. 


I’ve helped many clients with ways to keep fit while they travel. It can be more difficult to workout as a business traveller as you may be expected to work longer hours, or have limited or no choice in your accommodations. Certainly if you are going on vacation you can make your own choices. But making excuses as to why you ‘can’t train’ are still excuses. It’s still a matter of do you want to workout or not.

Mike has some great ideas on what you can do (from running to in-room exercise). I hope you enjoy his encouraging and inspirational article!

Making Fitness Work When You Travel

Guest Post By Mike Manning

Everyone knows the importance of exercise and physical fitness. Unfortunately, frequent travellers often find it difficult to incorporate healthy habits into their busy schedules away from home.

Those who travel a lot tend to have poorer overall health than those who stick closer to home. Individuals who travel 20 or more days a month also struggle with obesity more than those who travel less than one week each month.

The necessity of travel does not doom you to an unhealthy life. You can easily make your travels more conducive to your health by planning ahead and paying attention to the opportunities for fitness that come your way.

Before leaving for any trip, take the time to prepare. Learn about your destination. If you belong to a health club, find out if your membership will provide access to a gym near your accommodations.

Research accommodations as well. If possible, book a hotel that offers fitness amenities such as in-room fitness videos, a Zen room, a well-equipped fitness centre, running trails and fitness sessions for guests.

On a recent trip to Maui I was able to book an incredible hotel just by doing a little research beforehand on a travel reviews site. I was able to scroll through all the hotels in Maui and discover which ones had a 24-hour gym so that I could continue my regularly planned early morning workouts.

Be sure to pack everything you’ll need to get a good workout while away from home. Bring along loose fitting, comfortable clothing and a pair of athletic shoes. Don’t forget a refillable water bottle to help you stay properly hydrated.

If you like, pack portable exercise equipment, such as an exercise band, in order to get a more powerful workout with limited space and time.

On your flight be sure to get a little exercise. Do some stretches and basic in-flight exercises to help alleviate many of the discomforts regularly experienced by travellers. On long flights cycle through shoulder-shrugs, back stretches, knee lifts and ankle rolls about once an hour for maximum relief and effectiveness.

During your stay remain aware of your limitations. You probably won’t get long workouts at the gym when you travel, but you can take advantage of shorter times to get some physical activity. Take the stairs whenever possible rather than riding an elevator or escalator. Use your exercise band to get a quick workout between meetings. Get up a little early in the morning, and go for a short run before breakfast or enjoy a short yoga session in your room. Every little bit of activity will help.

Mike Manning is a fitness and healthy living enthusiast. Learn more at