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Keeping fit while traveling does not have to be a workout

Hotel exercise room
Hotel exercise room
Photo by Lisa Schultz

These days it seems like everyone is talking about ways to stay fit and healthy.
Trying to find time to exercise and eat healthy can be a trying task for those of us who have a regular routine. Throw traveling into that regime, whether for business or personal reasons, and it may seem like an impossible mission.

This does not have to be the case though. Many hotels offer a wide variety of exercise choices and restaurants are offering healthier options on their menus.

Check with the front desk staff at the hotel, or concierge if one is available, about exercise options and recommendations for healthy eating. Most hotels have this information readily available and are more than happy to help you out.

Hotels these days have exercise rooms that are well equipped, or they have access to a local gym, as well as swimming pools. If the hotel you are staying at does not offer these choices, many local gyms or the YMCA may offer one day passes for a reasonable fee.

For those travelers that do not like to work out in a gym, check with the staff for running maps or local parks. There are a few websites that have great running maps of the area, usually from locals, such as

If you are going to a remote area that may not offer these options then take the stairs as much as possible, work out in your room with the old standbys of sit ups and push ups. You may want to stay away from the jumping jacks unless you are in a ground floor room. If possible bring along a workout video, most laptops are capable of playing them, or some hotels now offer some type of in room workout routine.

There is almost always some type of exercise that can be done while traveling. From working out in your room to going to the gym or even taking a tour of the area, there is always some form of exercise readily available. Just make sure you schedule the time and try to stick with it. Be creative and energetic while traveling.


  • Patty Davis 5 years ago

    Workouts are even possible on road trips. Stop a interstate rest areas, stretch, and enjoy a brisk walk or run around the perimeter. Some rest areas also include information the local flora; you can learn as you exercise.

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