Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure any break in routine can send your fitness regimen packing. With a little preparation you can have your vacation and your workout too. Sure, most hotels have some sort of fitness facility, there may be a gym near by or you could be lucky enough to have brought your laptop and some good old fashion workout videos. What to do if these are not available?

Useful Items while Training on the Road

  • Pedometer
  • Tennis Shoes
  • Jump Rope
  • Resistance Ropes or Bands
  • Music Player (MP3 or Ipod)

Download Workouts

Technology has changed everything and that includes your workout routine as well. Many trainers are using the web and music players to reach clients outside of their area. Try downloading your favorite exercises straight to your ipod or MP3 player. At iBodyfit.com you can download a routine designed personally for you by a personal trainer or select from over 1000 exercise videos. Prices range from 19.99 to 75.00. Or pick your from a variety of downloadable exercise routines from America's top trainers at ExerciseTV. Choose from trainers like Linda LaRue of Crunchless Abs, Jillian Michaels of Biggest Loser and Cyndi Whitmarsh of Less Is More, prices start at $1.99 per download.

Weight Training

For those of you who already have a good weight training in place you can easily maintain your workout in your hotel room using exercise tubes or bands. You may be resistant to resistance bands but bands will provide a great alternative to your regular workout routine as they work each muscle during both the contraction and extension. If you are just starting out, or are not familiar with exercise bands, a great workout is only a search away! Search your favorite health and fitness magazine sites such as Fitness, Self and Shape. Or try healthy lifestyle communities like Fitness.com, HumanaNatura or SparkPeople. Most are free and provide users with the ability to create and print their own routines and offer a variety of useful Get Fit tips. Try printing this fantastic full body exercise band workout from Fitness.com.


Lace up those sneakers, snap on your pedometer and get to stepping! If you are in a safe neighborhood get outside, take a walk, run, skip - whatever strikes your fancy. If the great outdoors are not an option, try running (or walking) up and down the stairs of your hotel. Or try some old school gym classics in your room. Yep! That's right, we're talking moves like mountain climbers, jumping jacks and cross country skiers. These gym beauties are old school for a reason - because they work! After a brief warm up, flow through a of series of these gym beauties in one minute intervals: mountain climbers, burpees, cross country skiers, jumping jacks, hopscotch, knee ups, butt kicks. Repeat. It's just that simple! Keep in mind that just the motion of jumping rope is almost as effective as jumping rope. The key is getting moving and maintaining your fitness routine.

Yoga                                                                                                                                                Just because the practice of 108 Sun Salutations rings in Spring doesn't mean you can only perform this set of asana basics in March! This time honored tradition is a simple and effective way to maintain your core training on the road. The Sun Salutation is a sequence of 12 moves that are usually performed at the beginning of practice to warm up the body. This yoga staple is easy to remember and can be done just about anywhere. At the most basic level all you really need is a floor and comfortable clothes you can move in. If you are not lucky enough to have brought a mat try using a hotel bath towel. Print this easy to follow chart from Yogasite.

Don't forget to enjoy your trip, take some time to relax and unwind. Take some time for you, you've earned it! 


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