Staying active can be challenging, particularly throughout the colder months and when traveling. But working out during this time doesn’t have to be stressful or traditional. Check out the guide below on how to fit in fitness while you’re on the road so you can wander the world while you keep exercising and maintaining your wellness throughout the winter!

Here are some ideas to fit in exercise while you’re traveling or a house guest:

  1. Walk around the airport if your flight is delayed.
  2. Stretch out those tense muscles after a long flight. Try yoga poses, such as Downward Dog or Child’s Pose.
  3. If your destination isn’t too far from the airport, walk instead of opting for a cab or taxi.
  4. Break a sweat by running up and down a staircase.
  5. Take advantage of the fitness center and/or pool, if available.
  6. Have a dance party in your room to your favorite music.
  7. Try a bodyweight workout in your room. Use the furniture as exercise equipment – do triceps dips on a chair, incline pushups on the sofa, etc. See below for suggested routines.

Simple Anywhere, Anytime Bodyweight Routines

Use these three workouts as a starting point for ideas or create your own. Repeat each routine three times.

Routine One

  • 100 jumping jacks
  • 30 to 60 seconds of pushups
  • 30- to 60-second plank hold
  • 30 to 60 seconds of lunges (per leg)
  • 30 to 60 seconds of burpee

Routine Two

  • 10 bodyweight squats
  • 10 pushups
  • 10 lunges (per leg)
  • 10 reverse crunches
  • 10 overhead backpack lifts (or whatever you’d like to use for weight)

Routine Three

  • 60 seconds jumping rope
  • 50 jumping jacks
  • 20 alternating lunges (per leg)
  • 15 crunches
  • 20 squats
  • 60-second wall sit
  • 25 pushups
  • 30- to 60-second plank hold

Packable Fitness Gear

Of course, you don’t have to pack any tools to enhance your workout. But if you want to, here are some suggestions:

  • Gym shoes
  • Fitness attire
  • Jump rope
  • Resistance bands
  • Portable suspension training equipment (e.g., TRX)
  • Kettlebell
  • Water dumbbells (They’re inflatable dumbbells that expand when filled with water so you can pack them easily. But when in a pinch, water bottles or books can be used in place of weights.)
  • Floor slides (Small towels can be used in lieu of floor slides.)
  • Yoga mat

A simple online search of exercises you can do with the equipment listed above will provide lots of ideas. You can also search for ways to incorporate a kettlebell or dumbbells into several of the bodyweight exercises mentioned above.