The Boyfriend and I spent the last few days in Jacksonville for his little brother’s college graduation. After planning out some time to get our workouts in I got to thinking, I often feel much more obligated to work out while traveling.
Maybe it’s because of how easy it can be to skip it, or maybe it’s because of how much planning goes into a workout on the road. Whatever the reason, I have a definite sense of commitment to my workouts away from home.
Here are a few tips I’ve learned to keep fit while traveling.
If you have options for your hotel, pick the one with the nicest gym. That makes it something to look forward to when you get there.
One of my very favorite hotel gyms had a full 25 meter lap pool and treadmills that overlooked the Baltimore Oriels Stadium. Having those options made my workouts the best part of my day!
Schedule your workout like you would a meeting
Carve out some time for your workout while traveling and put it on your calendar. Assuming you’ll “sneak a workout in somewhere” during the day just makes it easier to skip it. Plan to wake up an hour earlier and get down to the hotel gym. Then it’s out of the way!
Explore the city on foot
So many of us immediately head out to explore the local area after checking in. Why not throw on your gym clothes and get a jog in?
Pack your favorite workout gear
Pack your favorite gear and pack more than you think you’ll need. Having it take up the space in your luggage definitely makes it seem that it’s an important part of your trip.
Ask the hotel for a jogging map
After spending the last few years of my life in hotel management I can tell you, this is something that not a lot of people do, but so many hotels have. Ask for one at the front desk or concierge before heading out the door.
The last hotel I stayed in had business card size directions with instructions to return it after your run for a complimentary bottle of water. Now that’s smart.
Do Some Local Research
On one of our peak weeks of Disney Marathon training we took a trip to New Orleans. Rather than suffering through 16 miles on the hotel treadmill we decided to run the Ironman New Orleans 70.3 run course. It was an awesome way to see the city!
If you’d rather not run alone check www.active.com and see if there is a local 5k where you’re traveling. It seems like there is one in most places just about every weekend.
What motivates you to workout while traveling? What are your favorite travel fitness tips?