Cardio Workout Ideas When Traveling

travelGetting a good cardio workout while traveling can be difficult unless you have planned for it before leaving, such as…
• what equipment you need to bring (if any)
• which hotels have fitness centers
• the time of day you will exercise
• your fitness routine.
This article offers insight onto each of the above.

What Equipment to Bring

If you are traveling by air, and with the current baggage weight restrictions, most of the time it isn’t practical to bring heavy fitness equipment such as dumbbells, however, you most likely have room for a set of one or two pound wrist weights. In a pinch you can even use a couple of 16-ounce bottles of water. And of course a jump rope weighs almost nothing and doesn’t take up much space at all.

Hotels With Fitness Centers

hotel-poolBefore you go, be sure to research which hotels on your itinerary have fitness centers. If they all do, then you most likely have access to all the equipment you will need for a good cardio workout. Most hotels also have swimming pools, so you can also do water aerobics or swim laps. If you are into walking or jogging (while wearing your hand weights), be sure to ask when you check in if they can recommend any good (i.e. safe) routes to take.

The Time of Day You’ll Exercise

Traveling is tiring, so while you may like to exercise at the end of the day when you are home, you might want to consider doing it in the morning before breakfast when traveling. Find out from the front desk at your hotel what time it gets light out and plan you walk or jog accordingly.

Your Fitness Routine

Your fitness routine while traveling may be entirely different from the one you do when home. One good cardio workout that doesn’t require any equipment, other than a good pair of running shoes or cross trainers, is:

squat• 20 squats
• 50 crunches
• 20 lunges
• 15 push-ups
• run or walk 2 miles

Cool down with the same squat/crunches/lunges and push-up routine done in the warm-up phase. If the weather is bad outside, you can do the run/walk phase on a treadmill at your hotel. Another good workout is finding a set of stairs you can climb up and down. That will get your heart pumping!

Of course for a workout to be classified as cardio, it has to elevate your heart rate into the aerobic zone (55% to 85% of your maximum heart rate: 220 – your age) and it has to last for at least 10 minutes (20 minutes or longer is better).

So as you can see, it is not hard to get good cardio workouts while traveling. Strap on your shoes and get going!

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  1. I think it is very important not to forget a workout routine while traveling. There is very little excuse not to jump in the hotel pool for 100 laps at the end of the day.

    • I agree, Apollo. Even if you make a point to get a good long walk in and some squats and push ups, it’s better than nothing 🙂 Thanks for taking the time to comment!

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