Simple Workouts to Stay Fit on the Road
Here is your ultimate step-by-step guide to fitness away from home
When you're scrambling to get out of town, there's much to think about: Put
work projects on the back burner, cancel the dog's standing appointment with
the groomer, promise the kids you'll go to that must-see movie when you get
It's no wonder that you've probably given little thought to how you'll work
in your workout while you're away from home.
But with a little thought and planning, fitness on the road is easier than
you might think. And, according to experts who spoke to WebMD, it can even be
Packing for Fitness
With a couple of pieces of equipment stashed in your suitcase, it's easy to
get in a workout without leaving your hotel room (or your host's guest room).
Two basic items to pack are exercise tubes (those stretchy things that add
resistance to your workout; available in sporting goods stores) and a jump
rope. They weigh next to nothing and take almost no space in the suitcase.
Exercise tubes may look wimpy, but don't underestimate them, says Suzanne
Schlosberg, author of Fitness for Travelers: The Ultimate Workout Guide for
"With thick enough tubing, even veteran weightlifters can get a
challenging workout," she says. "You can buy a door attachment for the
basic tubes and mimic the cable pulley exercises you do at the gym."
You can also buy portable dumbbells that you fill with water before using.
But Schlosberg prefers the versatility of exercise tubes.
Jumping rope is a great aerobic exercise (just be sure to take it easy if
you're a beginner). For a small space, like a hotel room, Schlosberg recommends
a thin, plastic speed rope. It's lightweight and less likely to damage
furniture than a heavy-duty rope. If you're headed for a warm climate, it's
practically guaranteed that your hotel will have a swimming pool. Pack an
inflatable ball, and your family (maybe even strangers) will want to join you
in a pickup game of catch. To intensify your water workout, pack aquatic
gloves, weights, and other accessories.
One last thing you might want to do before leaving town is to locate a gym
near your destination. If you're a gym member, see if you can get free access
to gyms in other cities. Also, many gyms issue day passes for a fee. The
International Health, Racquet, and Sports Club Association (IHRSCA) web site
has a health club locator that lists both IHRSCA members and nonmembers.
What to Do When Time Doesn't Fly
If your flight gets cancelled, why kill time in the airport when a 10- or
15-minute taxi ride may take you to a nearby gym? A list of U.S. and Canadian
gyms can be found on the web site of Airport Gyms. Most gyms charge $10-$15. At
many facilities that cater to travelers, you can rent or buy workout clothes