Travel Fitness Survival Guide

Travel Fitness Survival Guide

Q: Samantha, how do you stay so fit while traveling?

A: Running to make connecting flights!

That’s how I jokingly answer that question.  A question I haven’t gotten in my last 6 months of pregnancy-go figure.  Travel and food go hand in hand and the temptation to eat decadently at every meal is great.  Combine that with a loss of your normal workout routine and it’s easy to see how travel+food=weight gain.

I would never tell you not to eat a buttery croissant in Paris or a plate of lip smacking barbecue in North Carolina.  Traveling is no time to go on a diet.  But since travel is my life I have had whip my will power into shape and not nose-dive into every plate of french fries that come with claims of being famous.  Along with moderation I have found the key is to keep moving and not always in the sweat pouring cardio way but just working it in here and there.  Here are a few of my go-to travel tips that relieve stress and help keep you fit.

Don’t Miss Your Daily Walk/Run/Gym Work Out

Want to know a little trick of mine that prevents me from putting off a workout or run?  I take the time to set everything out the night before: clothing, socks, sneakers and a fully charged iPod.  You’d be amazed how something as small as not being able to find jogging bra will allow me to cancel the whole event.  Also, by laying it out the night before I’ve mentally prepared myself.  I literally have no excuse.

Your Choice of Hotel Can Help

More often than not, sneakers and their bulk lose the battle for space in your luggage. Well, now you can actually leave them home and rent a pair instead.  Westin Hotels has partnered with New Balance to provide guests with running shoes (sort of like bowling alleys) but instead of the aggressive disinfectant spray, Westin completely replaces the insoles and gives you a nice fresh pair for around $5 a day.

Delayed?  Don’t Sweat it!

Your plane is delayed 4 hours, why not hit up the gym at the airport hotel and work off some of the stress? Well, I’ll tell you why-that delay could change at any moment and if you’re not at the gate to receive the news then you could potentially miss your ride. Sure I have flight alerts but you can never trust them completely.  Or if you don’t have time, take a walk through the terminal to relieve stress and get your exercise in for the day.  You can count those extra calories for lugging around your bags.  When I go for my walks I’m never more than 20 minutes away from the gate and always 5 minutes away from a departure board.  This way I can exercise, calm down and make my flight.

Add a Few Blocks or 10

If you have the final say on your hotel selection, find a place that’s a mile or so from your destination or meeting location. By walking a bit further, you’ll have a better frame of mind when you get there and you’ll become familiar with the local shops and restaurants.  If it rains, you can always call a cab.

Get a Great Body with Killer Apps!

I really like the Nike Training Club App.  It’s free and features gold medalist soccer player Alex Morgan.  There’s something about being trained by a world-class athlete that just makes me feel better about myself.  And being an app a personal trainer is always with you: at home, in a hotel, a park or at the beach.  There are a ton of great apps that will serve you a daily exercise that you can accomplish from the comfort of your hotel room.

Pack Up Your Good Habits

If you track your diet as part of your normal routine then take time to do same activity when you travel.  It will give you less stress to know that you’re accounting for all that wonderful food.  Just give yourself more allowances on travel days and make up for it with extra walking to see the sights.

How do you stick to your fitness routine when you travel?


  1. Jenn Winter February 27, 2013 at 8:54 pm - Reply

    When I travel, I try to WALK whenever possible! I find that’s the best way to see a new place, meet local people and find little hole in the wall destinations I wouldn’t be able to see from a bus, cab or train. I’ve found the best restaurants, most interesting people and snapped some of my favorite photos while exploring on foot!

  2. Jam @icoSnap March 4, 2013 at 12:22 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the great tips! For me, I always try to take the stairs as much as possible in the hotel or mall etc. Except when I have my luggage or if I’m wearing heels.

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