It’s easy to keep up with our normal routine from home. We are pretty much in control. We have access to all our regular equipment, and we can do what we want. It’s our house! 

Not so when we are traveling. Either we are on the road or at someone else’s home. We could reason that we can’t keep up with our workout routine while traveling but it doesn’t take long to lose the momentum that you gained in your fitness progression. 

Do you really want to take a step backward and have to start over again? Remember that healthy eating is a large part of the battle. Check out our article with some helpful tips to stay on your diet during the holidays.

There are simple ways to maintain your workout while traveling for the holidays, too. With a little bit of planning, you don’t have to feel flimsy when you get home from your travels. Let’s discuss some options.

5 Ways to Workout While Traveling for the Holidays

Gymless Workouts

If you are used to working out at the gym or your own personal home gym, you can feel a little out of sorts when traveling. You have your fitness regimen down and it probably includes plenty of equipment.

There’s nothing wrong with that, but when you leave your cozy home and/or the city where your gym is located, you’ll need to find a new way to fit exercise into your day. Luckily, you already have everything you need to get in great shape: your body.

You can use the weight of your body to create enough resistance to put enough stress on your muscles to push your body beyond its limits. In fact, bodyweight exercises are one of the best ways to fit in a workout whenever, wherever.

When you hit the road, whether you pull over at a rest stop, park, or wait until you get to your hotel room, you can fit in an effective bodyweight workout. There are hundreds of bodyweight exercises that you can use but to start, try this full-body workout:

  • 3 sets of 20 squats
  • 20 jumping jacks
  • 3 sets of 12 push-ups
  • 20 jumping jacks
  • 3 sets of 20 lunges
  • 20 jumping jacks
  • 3 sets of 15 reverse crunches
  • 20 jumping jacks
  • 3 sets of 12 tricep dips
  • 20 jumping jacks
  • 3 sets of 16 dead bugs
  • 20 jumping jacks

This quick and effective workout uses no equipment and needs no more than a 6×6 foot area. Once you get these moves down you can try some new ones. This website has an extensive list of bodyweight exercises. 

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Pack for Fitness

There are a few pieces of equipment that you can bring with you that won’t take up much room in your bag. Small but mighty items can help you fit in a workout even while you are away from home. Of course, you don’t have to wait until you leave home to use them, but they are convenient to bring with you when you travel because they are compact.

Here is a list of things to consider bringing with you on your holiday travels:

  • Resistance bands: These bands weigh practically nothing and fit into any side pocket of your bags. They are very useful when trying to do a strength training routine as the elasticity of the band provides plenty of resistance for your muscles. Most resistance bands kits come with a tutorial for exercise possibilities.
  • Jump rope: An easy but super effective cardio workout is to jump rope. You will get your heart pumping and a light arm and calf workout. All you need is an area without breakables within reach of the jump rope when swung. Just like the resistance bands, the jump rope can be tucked into a side pocket of a bag.
  • Downloaded workout: If you don’t consider yourself a great workout planner, there is nothing easier than to follow along with a video. Whether you use YouTube (which has a vast library of free workout videos), or a downloaded video of your favorite trainer, you can easily complete a workout without having to create one yourself.

Finding Exercise Opportunities

If you pay attention, you can find opportunities to fit in activity no matter where you are. Depending on your mode of travel you can find ways to fit in a quick exercise opportunity. If you are traveling by plane, you can easily huff it from one airport terminal to another. Many end up doing that anyway in order to make their flight!

If you are driving to your destination you can make it a rule that you have to stop every 2 hours to get out of the car and fit in a quick speed walking session and a stretch. You’ll fit a lot better by the time you reach your destination.

Staying at a hotel? There are plenty of opportunities there! You can do a quick stair workout by walking up the stairs by twos and then walking down. Depending on how many flights of stairs there are you can get quite a workout. 

Many hotels also have a gym to use and some have a swimming pool. Swimming is a great cardiovascular workout you can even enjoy a relaxing dip in the sauna when you are done to help relax your muscles. 

The same is true of when you are visiting with family. Are there kids around? They love to play tag with a big scary adult. How about a nice stroll around the neighborhood to see the lights? Remember, it doesn’t have to be extreme in order to be considered exercise. 

Think of each small exercise opportunity as compound interest. Each little thing adds up and makes a big difference in the end.

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Make a Game of It

The holidays are about gathering the family together and enjoying each other’s company. You can help everyone to get in some exercise by suggesting fun games to play. Good old-fashioned games like charades and hot potato have more modern versions to enjoy.

Even video games have become more active. Why not join the kids in their favorite active video game. Turn on the tunes and get everyone to dance. Exercise doesn’t have to be boring. In fact, the more fun you have the better!

Check out some cool active games here.

Use EMS Training Techniques 

Even without the EMS power suit, you can still incorporate the techniques you learned from your EMS training sessions. EMS automatically makes your muscles contract without any bodyweight movement. 

You can contract and release your muscles on your own for a specified period. Focus on one area of the body and contract the muscle and hold for 2 seconds then release. Do these 20 times for each muscle and you will notice a slight burn in your muscles. 

When you do get home, make sure you get back to your EMS training as soon as possible so that you can get right back into your body sculpting routine. 

Summary: You Can Stay Active this Holiday Season While Traveling

The holidays don’t have to put a glitch in your fitness goals. Using just a little bit of creativity, some unorthodox exercise methods, and good old-fashioned fun, you can stay active while traveling for the holidays. 

Charles Laverty
Charles Laverty

Charles Laverty is chief executive officer and founder of Nuzuna. Mr. Laverty has committed four decades to health and fitness starting with his studies in physical education at Parsons College in Fairfield Iowa. An advocate for wellness and physical education, Mr. Laverty is a well-regarded writer and speaker on issues affecting the US healthcare system including adult and childhood obesity, coronary disease and healthcare reform.