It’s a struggle for me to workout. I don’t enjoy it, and although I know that it’s good for me, it’s tough to get motivated. I do workout daily, but it is not something that is ever easy to do.
What I’ve personally found is that I need to get into a routine. If I make exercise a habit, then I start to see results. With that becomes more of a motivation to keep going.
I also need to get some accountability. Going to a specific class at the gym makes me accountable to go every week.
This works great when my schedule is the status quo. But anytime there’s a schedule change and I skip working out, it’s harder and harder to get moving. Whether I’m on the road or stuck at home (as the case is now), I need to make a plan to get exercise.
Here are our favorite at home and on the road workouts to stay in shape when you can’t do your regular fitness routine. Adapt these various ideas to your favorite types of exercise and make sure you stay active.
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At Home and On the Road Workouts
The easiest way to stay fit on the road is it use the hotel gym. You’ll find a variety of different types of equipment and can focus on strength training and cardio workouts.
I like to check out the hotel gyms online before I travel, to see what type of equipment is available. The last few hotel gyms I’ve seen have been full of all types of equipment, including Peloton bikes (at the Press Hotel in Maine and the Yotel in Times Square), Nautilus machines, and other cardio equipment.
I’ve been to some hotel gyms that are absolutely packed, and others that are always empty. For business hotels, you’ll probably find that they are busy early in the day and quieter during the workday.
Activity While on Vacation
Some vacations are filled with so much activity that you won’t even have to worry about working out. For instance, when I visit Walt Disney World, I take so many steps during the day that I’m exhausted. I also find that when I’m touring Europe (on an Adventures by Disney trip, for example), I take so many steps that it definitely counts as exercise.
If you’d prefer to work out in your own hotel room, there are lots of workout apps and on-demand programs that you can use. These include total body workouts that you can do with limited equipment as well as bodyweight exercises.
Just keep in mind that if you are going to work out in your hotel room, that you’ll want to minimize sounds to those in rooms next to and below you. That means you’ll probably want to avoid high-impact activities like jumping jacks. If you do want to do something like that, it’s best to go into the hotel gym.
One of my favorite workout apps is Seven. This app is free to download, although there is a fee to access many of the exercises. The free workout is a seven-minute bodyweight series that can easily be done in a hotel room.
While seven minutes isn’t very long, you can set the app to repeat multiple times. Typically, I’ll do three rounds for a 21-minute workout or four rounds for a 28-minute workout. There are some higher impact type exercises including jumping jacks, but if I’m in my hotel room I’ll modify to make it low impact.
Another of my favorite online exercises is Club Pilates On Demand. I received a few months for free, and am impressed with the variety of exercises.
You can choose your equipment or the body part you want to target and it will give you a selection of exercises. There’s even an option to choose hotel room workouts or at-home workouts. I especially enjoy doing Pilates after a flight because my body is usually stiff from sitting in one place for so long.
There is a monthly fee for this program. Therefore, you’ll want to make sure that you’ll use it. I think it’s worthwhile to use at home as well as on the road.
The workouts are relatively short – about 15 minutes or so. Therefore, it’s great when I only have a few minutes of time. Or, when I have more time, I will do two of the workouts.
You can also find lots of different workout programs on YouTube – I’d recommend searching before you travel to find the ones you like.
On the Road Workout Products
There are also some easy-to-pack products that you can tuck into your suitcase and use in your at-home gym.
I love using the TRX suspension system at the gym, so I was thrilled to find that I could purchase one for my home. It even works over a door, so I didn’t have to do any work to install it.
You can bring the TRX system with you on the road as well. It’s just important to make sure that any door you use it on is safe and secure.
You can even purchase these cards which include various exercises. If you have a subscription to Club Pilates On Demand, they also have TRX workouts.
I have the at-home TRX system, which has been in and out of stock on Amazon. There are other systems as well – just be sure they come with all of the components you need.
Another easy-to-pack product is resistance bands. I always bring mine along wherever I go, because they take up no space and are so versatile.
My favorite bands are fabric resistance bands because they don’t slip and twist. They are typically available in a few different strengths, so I’ll usually pack the one I use most often.
Do you work out on the road? What are your favorite exercises and products to do?