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5 Ways to Fit in Fitness While Traveling

Going on vacation doesn’t have to mean you stop working out!  Here are my 5 Ways to Fit in Fitness While Traveling.

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Hi fitness loving friends!

I know I promised you more from Switzerland this today, but I officially ran out of time to get all the photos edited!  I hope you enjoy this post instead. :-).

With all the travel I’m doing this summer, I’ve been brainstorming ways to keep my fitness levels up.  Without a solid plan fitness while traveling can quickly fall by the wayside.  I know because I’ve been there before!

Now fitness while traveling may look a little different from your normal routine, but that’s ok!  Use you trip as a chance to expand your horizons and shake up your workout.

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5 Ways to Fit in Fitness While Traveling

Workout the first day of your trip

This is a big one!  I’ve found that I set the tone of the entire trip if I workout the first day.  Getting up and establishing that this is the kind of trip where I workout or run, really keeps me motivated.

Get up early

Especially if you are traveling with other people who don’t workout or run, getting up early is key.  If you get up before everyone else you can get your workout in and not keep everyone from exploring.  You might feel guilty if you family or loved one is waiting an hour for you to start their vacation day.

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Now you’re probably not surprised that I run on vacation, but even if running is not normally your fitness of choice it’s a great thing to do on vacation.  It’s a great way to fit in fitness while traveling.  I love exploring a new city with a run on the first morning of vacation.  It gives you a whole different appreciation of the vibe of your destination.

The best part about it is it’s fast, efficient and you only need your running shoes.  Plus it’s a great way to counteract all that extra food you are probably eating.

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Body weight exercises

If running is not your jam, or you want to mix it up…. depend on body weight exercises.  Hotel gyms are notorious for not having what you need, so just don’t bother going!  Plus they are often small and cramped.

Get outside and do body weight circuits!

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Here are some great workouts to get you started…

Find travel fitness activities

Your workout doesn’t have to be a traditional workout while traveling!  Go on a bike tour of the city, snorkel, hike or even do yoga on the top of a mountain.

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Some cities even offer running tours!  Consider your location and find active things to that match where you are.  Some hotels even offer classes.  I’ve taken free yoga in many locations!  You’d be surprised at what you find.  Some trips you’ll be walking 10 miles a day doing site seeing… that counts!

Bonus Tip!

While I’m giving you this advice, I’m also offering you a little bit of grace.  Sometimes vacation can be a great opportunity to give your body a much needed break.  You will not destroy your fitness by taking a little time off.  I PROMISE!  I’ve done it and I’m perfectly fine.

Travel is one of the greatest joys in life… don’t forget to give yourself the opportunity to embrace it fully!


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Thanks for stopping by today! Tomorrow I’m sharing festive Patriotic Popcorn.

Your turn!

Do you workout when traveling?

How do you fit it in?


I’m linking up this post about fitness while traveling with: Wild Workout Wednesday, Runners Corner,  Thinking Out Loud Thursday and Marvelous Monday.

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By | 2017-08-15T14:03:46+00:00 June 21st, 2017|Fitness, Healthy Living Tips, Travel|34 Comments


  1. DstPower January 30, 2018 at 4:05 am - Reply

    Working out the very first day of your trip will obviously help you to get motivated.

  2. Alek January 28, 2018 at 2:51 am - Reply

    Awesome blog post and very nice ideas. I would suggest cycling as well. It’s one of the best ways to train your body and the health benefits are numerous. I have found many reasons why women should take cycling more seriously. If you wish you can read my article about this in the link to my name. Anyways, keep the good work.

  3. Nancy @ bestreviewofproduct December 27, 2017 at 9:46 am - Reply

    I believe it’s necessary to exercise during travels to stay in shape and to stay healthy especially with all the delicious food that needs a taste for every destination. Running, walking, yoga and planks are my way to stay fit when traveling. Easy to do, can be done anytime, anywhere. Great tips here Julie, thanks for sharing!
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  4. Matt @ Pickleball November 21, 2017 at 11:00 am - Reply

    great post, for me it’s key to get exercise when I travel and I find that body-weight are the best for me (bad knees for running) since I can do the exercises anywhere.
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  5. Rene November 16, 2017 at 10:32 am - Reply

    Nice tips. The great thing about running is that you can do it pretty much anywhere. Also body weight exercises are a great way to get your fitness in. My favorite is the burpee. It activates just about every muscle in your body.

  6. wilson October 21, 2017 at 2:03 pm - Reply

    Wow. I definitely love the way the you make exploring a new city fun while at the same time keeping fit always.

    Thank you a lot.

  7. Mercy October 13, 2017 at 11:07 am - Reply

    Super awesome tips. I love running to explore new cities and adventures and to take note of beautiful scenes I want go back and hang out later in the day.
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  8. Agness of Fit Travelling October 2, 2017 at 10:28 am - Reply

    Staying fit while traveling is definitely possible! These tips are so motivating and practical. I try cycling while exploring new places.

  9. Anthony September 20, 2017 at 9:43 am - Reply

    Awesome tips! personally, I love running to explore new environments and to appreciate the grandness of nature. I always do some light exercises while on vacation apart from my morning runs and I love it.

  10. Terrigal Restaurants August 17, 2017 at 8:59 pm - Reply

    your pics are awesome!

  11. Jamie July 31, 2017 at 3:29 pm - Reply

    Hey. Some very nice and creative ways to fit in fitness while traveling. This is just awesome.

  12. Brian July 19, 2017 at 3:59 am - Reply

    Hey, I’m doing some travelling this year and I agree that it’s very hard to both train and eat healthy during travelling, but I’m doing my best! Thanks for the tips.
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  13. Jay Kay June 30, 2017 at 6:25 pm - Reply

    I always struggle to find a way to exercise while away from home. This will give me some options to consider. Thank you for those tips!
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  14. Andrea on Vacation June 22, 2017 at 3:42 pm - Reply

    Burpees and push ups in my hotel room are generally my go-to if there is no hotel gym and hot/rainy/cold weather. Getting up on the first day and getting it done is the best advice- it reallydoes set the whole tone for the trip (fitness-wise). I’m going on a big trip next week which will involve a lot of hiking but I’m sure I’ll do my pushups!
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  15. Erica Lindeman June 22, 2017 at 6:43 am - Reply

    I also prefer the outdoors compared to a gym in hotels, which are very small. Love your scenery!

  16. Atim at EffiFit June 21, 2017 at 9:32 pm - Reply

    Great tips! Planning active activities and doing body weight workouts are my go to when I travel. If it’s just a weekend trip, I skip the workouts and just focus on being active.

  17. Blane Sherer June 21, 2017 at 7:46 pm - Reply

    Nice tips. It is an opportunity to get some
    variety and a change of pace.

  18. Susie @ Suzlyfe June 21, 2017 at 4:23 pm - Reply

    Don’t be afraid to make it a priority–people can feel guilty they that they are making it a part of their day, but we always do, and we have better trips for it!
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  19. Nicole @ Fitful Focus June 21, 2017 at 3:48 pm - Reply

    Great tips! I love running to explore new cities and to take note of where I want go back and see later in the day.
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  20. Kimberly Hatting June 21, 2017 at 2:23 pm - Reply

    IN addition to running while on vacay (outside, duh!), I also do the hotel-room-stuff (lunges, squats, push-ups, planks, and yoga). I have never been a gym gal, and hotel gyms ( no matter how plush) kind of creep me out.
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  21. GiGi Eats June 21, 2017 at 2:09 pm - Reply

    I always stay at a hotel that has a gym – and I always wake up before the day starts to get my activity ON!
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  22. Annmarie June 21, 2017 at 1:59 pm - Reply

    Getting up early and getting in a workout while on my vacation is my fav. It adds even more peacefulness to the get away!
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  23. heather @Lunging Through Life June 21, 2017 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    Love the last one- giving grace! I don’t always work out on vacation. I try but if it’s my only vacation of the year (or for a while) I take a rest and just give my body time off. I do love going for a run though! If I’m at the beach I go running every day.
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  24. Kimberly G June 21, 2017 at 12:12 pm - Reply

    I love to explore new places on foot, usually in the morning. It’s so peaceful and a great way to explore new areas.

  25. Jessica June 21, 2017 at 11:52 am - Reply

    Love these tips! My husband and I always get up earlier than everyone else on vacation, so I try to fit in my workout before everyone else wakes up! Pinning for later! 🙂
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  26. Janelle @ Run With No Regrets June 21, 2017 at 11:22 am - Reply

    Running while on vacation is one of my favorite things to do so I always make time! On my recent trip to Seattle for the RNR Half, I had a really nice run on Friday evening! I think it’s great to squeeze in whatever you can!
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  27. Emily June 21, 2017 at 10:32 am - Reply

    There is such balance here Julie; I love it. I’ve learned that it’s okay to give my body grace. i’m so thankful that God’s grace to me enables me to give my body grace, and I also LOVE the recommendation to run. I love running to explore new places. It’s definitely my favorite thing.
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  28. Patricia @Sweet and Strong June 21, 2017 at 9:13 am - Reply

    Great tips! I usually like doing a mix of early morning workout, activity workouts, or just relaxing on vacation. I do like that getting moving though means I can usually enjoy some more indulgent meals though 😉
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  29. Debbie @ Coach Debbie Runs June 21, 2017 at 8:48 am - Reply

    I love running on vacation! It’s such a great way to explore a new city. I done usually get in too much strength training (though I have interesting memories of a very male-oriented gym in Paris from years ago), but body weight exercises are definitely the way to go.
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  30. Running in a new place is always a highlight of traveling for me! I research the area I’m traveling to, so I can find the best places to run!
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  31. Mary Ellen @ VNutrition June 21, 2017 at 8:05 am - Reply

    Love these tips Julie! I never workout the first day of my trip but I totally will from now on to set the tone. I’ll be traveling a few times this summer so I’ll keep these in mind!

  32. Mary Beth Jackson June 21, 2017 at 7:41 am - Reply

    I love active vacations and exploring new cities and resorts is the perfect opportunity to try a new activity !
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  33. Not always easy to fit in your regular workout schedule while traveling. I try to find some local places to try out or a group to join.
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