Active travels, your guide to staying fit on the go

Active Travels: Your Guide to Staying Fit on the Go

Welcome, fellow fitness enthusiasts and travelers! If you’re like me, staying active while on the road is a must. But maintaining a workout routine during your travels can be a challenge. Don’t worry – I’ve got you covered with tips and tricks to keep you moving, no matter where your adventures take you. Whether you're squeezing in a quick workout between flights or exploring a new city, staying fit on the go is easier than you think.

Exercising while traveling helps mitigate the effects of jet lag and aids in adapting to new environments by resetting the internal clock, boosting energy and alertness, improving sleep quality and reducing stress. Let’s dive into how you can stay comfortable and active while traveling, and why it’s so important.

Planning Ahead

One of the most important steps to maintaining your workout routine while traveling is planning ahead. This means being proactive about researching and organizing your fitness options before you even leave for your trip. Here are some key tips to help you plan effectively:


1. Research Your Destination

Before you embark on your journey, take some time to research the fitness facilities and opportunities available at your destination. Many hotels offer on-site gyms or partnerships with nearby fitness centers. Additionally, look for local parks, running trails, or community centers where you can stay active. If you’re staying in a city known for its scenic parks, such as Central Park in New York City, plan your workouts around exploring the park’s trails and outdoor spaces. Not only will you get your exercise in, but you’ll also have the chance to enjoy the beauty of your surroundings.


2. Schedule Your Workouts

Incorporating exercise into your travel itinerary can help ensure you stay committed to your fitness goals. Plan specific times for your workouts and treat them like important appointments. Whether it’s a morning jog before a day of sightseeing or an evening yoga session to wind down, having a schedule can keep you on track.


3. Pack the Right Gear

Packing the right workout gear is essential for staying active while traveling. Make sure to include versatile and comfortable clothing that suits various activities. Lightweight, moisture-wicking fabrics are ideal for travel, as they keep you comfortable during workouts and are easy to pack. The Longline Bra and Travel Leggings from wayre’s Active Collection are perfect examples, offering support, comfort, and functionality.


4. Utilize Technology

Technology can be a great ally in maintaining your fitness routine while traveling. There are numerous fitness apps and online platforms offering guided workouts. Download a few of your favorite apps before you leave and use them to keep your workouts varied and interesting.


5. Stay Flexible

While planning is important, it’s also crucial to stay flexible and adaptable. Travel can be unpredictable, and sometimes your scheduled workout might need to be adjusted. Be open to trying new activities or fitting in shorter sessions if time is limited. If your flight is delayed and you miss your planned gym session, take advantage of airport time by doing some light stretching or walking around the terminal. Staying active, even in small ways, helps maintain your routine and keeps you feeling good.

Packing the Essentials

Packing smart is key to ensuring you can stay active while traveling. By bringing along the right gear and essentials, you can easily maintain your workout routine no matter where your journey takes you. On top of packing the right workout clothes for your needs as mentioned earlier, bringing portable workout equipment can enhance your travel fitness routine. Items like resistance bands, a jump rope, or a foldable yoga mat are lightweight and don’t take up much space in your luggage. Also, pack a reusable water bottle to ensure you always have access to water!

Airport Workouts

Long layovers or delayed flights can disrupt your routine, but airports offer plenty of opportunities to stay active. Here are some tips for incorporating exercise into your time at the airport:

Walking is a simple yet effective way to stay active during layovers. Most airports have long corridors and walking paths, which you can use to stretch your legs and get some light exercise. Use airport maps to find walking routes or explore different terminals. Aim for brisk walking to elevate your heart rate and keep your blood circulating.

Terminal Workouts
Many airports have designated areas for exercise or yoga rooms where travelers can work out or stretch. If your airport doesn't have these facilities, you can still do simple exercises in less crowded areas. Find a quiet corner to do bodyweight exercises like squats, lunges, or calf raises.

Stretching is crucial after long periods of sitting. It helps prevent stiffness and improves circulation, which is especially important during long flights. Perform standing stretches such as forward bends, side stretches, and shoulder rolls. These can be done easily without much space and help relieve tension.

Stay Hydrated and Snack Smart
While exercising at the airport, remember to stay hydrated and fuel your body with healthy snacks. Avoid sugary or processed foods that can cause energy crashes. Pack snacks like nuts and fruit to maintain your energy levels. Incorporating these simple exercises and activities into your airport routine can help you stay active and refreshed during your travels. This way, you arrive at your destination feeling energized and ready to explore!

Hotel Room Workouts

When access to a gym is limited, your hotel room can become your personal workout space.

- Bodyweight exercises are perfect for hotel rooms as they require no equipment and can be done in a small space. These exercises can effectively target all major muscle groups. Try a circuit of push-ups, squats, lunges, and planks.

- If you packed your resistance bands, make sure to use them! They are versatile and portable, making them ideal for strength training and flexibility exercises in your hotel room. 

- Hotel room furniture can also be repurposed for various exercises. Chairs, beds, and walls can serve as props for a range of workouts. For example, you can use a bed for triceps dips. A wall can be used for wall sits, which are great for strengthening the legs and glutes. 

Outdoor Activities

Exploring the outdoors is a fantastic way to stay active while experiencing the unique aspects of your travel destination. Here are some tips and ideas for incorporating outdoor activities into your fitness routine while traveling:

  • One of the simplest and most enjoyable outdoor activities is walking or jogging. Many cities and towns have scenic trails, parks, or waterfront areas that are perfect for a morning or evening run.
  • Hiking is another excellent way to stay active while exploring new landscapes. Many travel destinations boast beautiful hiking trails that cater to various fitness levels. Research local hiking spots before your trip to identify trails that match your fitness level and interests.
  • If you prefer a more structured activity, consider joining a local outdoor fitness class. Many cities offer group classes such as yoga, boot camps, or tai chi in parks or other public spaces. These classes can be a fun way to meet new people and stay active in a social setting. 
  • Cycling is another fantastic outdoor activity that allows you to cover more ground while sightseeing. Many cities have bike rental services and dedicated cycling paths, making it easy to explore at your own pace. Don't forget to pack your Pocket Biker Short from wayre’s Active Collection for a comfortable ride.
  • In addition to these activities, don’t forget to take advantage of natural landmarks and features unique to your destination. For example, if you’re near a lake or the ocean, swimming or paddleboarding can be great ways to stay active while enjoying the water. Similarly, activities like rock climbing, kayaking, or even horseback riding can provide unique and exciting ways to stay fit.


Staying active while traveling doesn’t have to be a challenge. With a bit of planning, the right gear, and some creative thinking, you can maintain your workout routine and enjoy the many benefits of exercise on the go. From airport workouts and hotel room exercises to exploring the great outdoors, there are plenty of ways to keep moving and stay fit no matter where your travels take you. So, pack your workout essentials, embrace the adventure, and enjoy a healthy, active journey.


Happy travels! 


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