Stick-with-It Strategies for Exercising on the Road
Rise and shine. If you feel out of sorts when you're away from home, set aside 15 minutes in the morning to stretch, breathe deeply or do other wake-up exercises to get the day started on the right foot.
Get strong whenever you can. On the plane, push your heels into the floor and contract your glutes for in-your-seat firming.
Use what you've got. Create your own version of a hotel workout. Use a large phone book to do step-ups and calf raises, a desk chair to do dips, squats and lunges on the bed (which also helps your balance), biceps curls and rows with water bottles, and running the stairs to add cardio.
Rope off exercise time. Keep a jump rope in your suitcase, so you're always ready for cardio if you end up in a non-fitness-friendly hotel.
Dress the part. Travel in nice workout clothes and athletic shoes so you can hit the gym as soon as you get to your hotel.
Pull your weight. When you travel, pack two 5-pound dumbbells so you can do your strength routine. Plus, you'll get added endurance from carrying the extra weight in your luggage.
Stick close to the hotel. If you're not comfortable heading off-property on a walk or run, make use of the parking lot.