Do you workout when you travel? If the answer is no, why not?! Don't sacrifice the hard work you have been doing at home just because you don't have access to your normal gym or routine. Working out when traveling takes a little pre-planning and effort but it doesn't have to be difficult or take too much extra time if you plan ahead a little bit.

Whether you are traveling for work or play, visiting friends or family, working out while you are away can be fun and give you a little extra motivation during your trip. Not to mention, knowing you got your workout in might make you feel just a little better about enjoying an extra treat or two during your travels.

Here are a few tips that I use myself for working out while traveling:

  • Pack workout clothes. This is the absolute first thing, always. Even if you think you won't have the time, pack the clothes and your gym shoes anyway. It doesn't take up too much extra room and you will be much more inclined to get in a workout if you have the gear ready. Go one step further while you're on the road and lay out your workout clothes once you're at your destination. If they stay in suitcase...out of sight, out of mind. But, if you lay them out, you are more likely to fit in a quick sweat session.

  • Do a little research before your trip. Does your hotel offer a fitness center? Check the website for photos of the gym to seek out what equipment they have. Does your current gym offer guest memberships at other similar gyms in the area you are visiting? Is there a local gym or fitness studio that you could try out?

  • My new favorite thing when traveling is to workout at a local gym or boutique fitness studio. I want to exercise where the locals workout and its fun to get out of the basic hotel fitness centers and try out something different. To date I've been to Boothcamp Gym in Nashville, Fit Flex Fly in Indy, Basecamp Fitness and TRX Training Center in San Francisco and will soon be checking out CrossTown Fitness in Chicago. Sometimes these types of gyms will offer a free trial class which is a great benefit to new clients or first-timers. If they don't, you still might reach out to the gym/studio directly and see if they offer any discounts for out-of-town visitors.

  • Do a little research and plan an outdoor run where you are visiting. This is a great way to see the sights and scope out the area. If you're visiting someplace new, research neighborhoods online, check Google Maps and/or ask your hotel concierge for recommendations for running outside so you're more comfortable and not heading into an area in which you feel unsafe.

  • What if you don't have the time or bandwidth to leave the hotel to visit an outside gym or do an outdoor run? No problem. As long as you've packed your workout clothes and your hotel has an on-site gym then you are good-to-go! Most hotels that offer a fitness center have at a minimum a treadmill, elliptical or bike as well as free weights so you can still get in a short and effective workout.

  • What if your hotel or place you're staying doesn't have a gym? Still, it's no problem. I have a subscription for Beachbody On Demand and I love to use it when I'm traveling. You have access to all the Beachbody workouts and as long as you've got the app on your phone or tablet, you are ready to workout from the comfort of your own hotel room (even in your pajamas!). I'll use this especially if I'm feeling more like yoga or kickboxing instead of the hotel treadmill.

  • What if you don't want to leave, your hotel doesn't have a gym and you don't have Beachbody. Ok, still, no problem!! Plan ahead and throw a resistance band in your suitcase. Target sells these or sometimes you can even find them at TJ Maxx. These bands take up no space at all and can provide you with a super effective workout. You can YouTube resistance band exercises to give you an idea of how to use the band if you aren't familiar.

  • If you have exhausted all possible resources, no gym, no Beachbody, no band, but you still have workout clothes or even your PJ's!! there is always the seven-minute workout. I love adding a seven-minute workout to my gym sessions on occasion but this quick workout is perfect for traveling. You need no equipment just a stopwatch/clock and yourself. 30 seconds of activity, 10 seconds rest until you've reached seven minutes. For example, 30 seconds jumping jacks, 10 second break, 30 seconds plank, 10 second break, 30 seconds pushups, 10 second break...you get the idea. You could do one, two or three rounds and have an awesome workout.

  • Admittedly, doing any or all of these tips is a bit easier if you are traveling solo. You are more than likely on your own schedule or at least only have your schedule to worry about. It does get a little trickier when you are planning around not only yourself but your spouse and kids. That being said, it is definitely doable. Make sure your spouse knows in advance that working out while traveling is a priority for you. You might have to get up earlier than normal so you can accomplish a workout before everyone else is up and ready to get going with the day.

I hope these ideas have give you a little inspiration the next time you're on the road. With just a little bit of thought and preparation, you don't have to sacrifice your workouts just because you aren't at home with your usual routine. If you're like me, working out daily helps stabilize my mind and mood. I feel its important to do no matter if I'm home or away and do my best to make it a priority. My husband knows I value my workouts and we work together to make sure that I can do this even when if are traveling.