Stay in Shape While Away from Home


Shannon Jump

By Shannon Flanagan – CPT

Balancing your workout with your job and personal life is always a daily struggle.  If you have to add traveling in the mix than it becomes even more difficult.  Most hotels nowadays have their own fitness facilities.  Some hotel gyms are nicer than others, but you don’t need anything fancy to be able to stay on top of your daily fitness routine. If you don’t have a gym or don’t feel like going to the gym you can always go for a run, bike ride, or stay in the room for a band workout routine.

When we travel we often feel tired, lazy, and unmotivated.  I am going to give you some tips on what type of exercises you should do based on the way you feel when you are traveling.

If you feel…sluggish after a poor night’s sleep do cardio. Give yourself a wake-up call by going for a jog or bike ride.

If you feel…guilty from overeating junk food do a total body metabolic circuit.  Make sure to mix in plyometrics with strength training to burn off those extra calories.

If you feel…stiffness in your back after sitting forever train your core.  Strengthen your abs and lower back with planks, twists, and superman’s to help stabilize your body when you sit.

If you feel…revved up with energy to burn
try sprints and upper bodywork.  Push-ups, shoulder presses, and tricep dips will do the trick.

If you feel…jetlagged try yoga and meditation to prepare you for a good night’s sleep.

If you feel…too lazy to leave the room, but still want to work out grab a band.  There are no high intensity movements, like jumping, involved, and it’s still effective.

The bottom line is just because you have to travel for work or you are going on a vacation doesn’t mean you have to take a break from your workouts.  Stay on track and maintain your body.