It can certainly be a challenge to stay on track with your fitness program when traveling.  

Hotel gyms rarely offer the wide variety of equipment your hometown gym has, making it even more difficult to maintain your fitness program.

Add in the stress of work meetings (if the trip is for work) and the additional calories from dinners out at restaurants, and you could have a recipe for disaster.

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Fortunately, your fitness program does not have to take a nosedive while you travel.  

It is very possible to maintain your exercise program while traveling.  Here are a few tips and a program for you to follow as well!

Fitness while traveling tips

1.  Invest in travel-friendly equipment

There are so many travel-friendly, light and portable fitness equipment options.  The TRX is one of my favorite travel-friendly pieces.

– The TRX, and other similar suspension training products, can hook onto any door jamb and is a fantastic total body workout!

– Resistance bands are light weight and can still provide a great deal of resistance.  They make for a great travel piece and are fairly – inexpensive.

– Sliders are also a great piece of travel-friendly workout equipment-and can be as easy as using a paper plate under your feet or hands and sliding away!

2. Schedule workouts

Scheduling your workouts into your daily plan each day can help you to stay on track.

Whether you are a morning person and get your workout in before you begin your day, you take a longer lunch and workout, or end your day with a workout before bed, plan to make the time to stay on track with your fitness program.

3.  Find fitness-friendly places to visit

Often on vacation, you can plan to participate in activities that will help you stay on track with your fitness program.

For example: if you are a golfer, instead of renting a cart, walk the golf course, carry your bag even.

Walking at the beach or at an amusement park can also help keep you on track.

4.  Research restaurants

An easy way to fall off track is not being able to prep your foods when traveling. If you find that you are unable to prepare your own foods, do a little research on the local restaurants.

Check out their menus online and search for options that will help you stay on track, even though you are traveling.

travel workout_2The workouts

These travel workouts will only take 30 minutes and will help you stay on track with your fitness, despite being away from your favorite equipment.

One workout requires no equipment, while the other can be completed with resistance bands or dumbbells (which most hotel gyms have).

Equipment free workout

Complete 3 sets of 30-45 second intervals of the following exercises (allow yourself minimal rest time in between):

1.  Mountain climbers

2.  Air Squats

3. Push ups

4.  V-sits

5.  Plank

6.  Alternating Lunges

7.  Inchworm

8.  Dips (holding onto your chair)

9.  Side Plank with Rotation

10. Lateral Lunges

If have time for a little more, try walking the stairs at your hotel for a few minutes to really power up your heart rate!

Resistance band/dumbbell workout

Complete 3 sets of 10-12 repetitions of the following exercises in a circuit fashion (allowing minimal to no rest in between).

1.  Mountain climbers (complete 20 repetitions)

2.  Squats holding a dumbbell at your chest

3.  Chest flys

4.  Supported dumbbell row

5.  Reverse crunch

6.  Squat Thrusts

7.  Reverse lunges with biceps curl

8.  Lateral raise with lateral lunge

9.  Dumbbell pullovers

10. Weighted rotations

I hope that you enjoy these quick traveling workouts!  

It really can be easy to stay on track with your fitness goals, even while traveling. So on your next trip, be sure you bring along one of these workouts so you can stay on track!

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