Maintain Your Fitness Routine While Traveling for the Holidays

It’s no surprise that your normal fitness routine can take a hit while traveling for the holidays. But the following FIVE tips include some surprisingly simple ways to get your sweat on even in the face of a demanding holiday travel schedule.

Tip #1 Portable Fitness Equipment

Travel-friendly fitness equipment is available and can be used easily on the road. Check into portable strength equipment like the TRX® Suspension trainer, elastic tubing or even a jump rope for a quick cardio burst. Check for options.

Tip #2 Take advantage of fitness clubs in your hotel or your local area.

It is possible to find a place to workout no matter where you are. Many fitness facilities offer their members access to chain clubs. Just check into the affiliate gyms in the area you are traveling to before you leave. If you are staying in a hotel, most brands boast a fitness center on site. Call ahead or check online and see what gym access and equipment is available to you for a quick workout on the road.

Tip #3 Take A Walk.

A 30-minute power walk is the perfect way to reconnect with a friend or family member, and the reunion is even better when you are enjoying the outdoors. If it’s cold outside, dress for the weather.

Tip #4 Use your own body weight.

Using your own body weight to build strength and stamina couldn’t be easier: It’s totally customizable, can be done anywhere and at any time, requires no equipment or gym membership, and takes less than 30 minutes. Examples of body weight exercise include squats and lunges for the lower body, and pushups, plank and a variety of crunches for the core and upper body.

Tip #5 There’s an App for That

You can get great workouts right on your phone or iPad with qualified trainers to motivate you by easily downloading a fitness app. Stay active with options for dozens of fitness experiences on line. From fitness classes, to yoga routines, to running programs, using a bike for spinning and more.

Remember, always start with a warm up and ease into your routine. Follow up with some quick stretches, always include the hip flexors, shoulders/chest and hamstrings. Hold each stretch for a minimum of 20-seconds and drink plenty of water.


Irene Lewis-McCormick, M.S. is an international fitness educator, adjunct faculty at Drake University and a subject matter expert for the American Council on Exercise.