How to Stay Fit While Travelling

man drinking water on hike learning how to stay fit while traveling

A lot of us like to kick back and relax when on the road, making it challenging to stay fit while travelling. It can feel difficult to maintain your fitness routine whilst being away, but it’s still achievable. You can make your workout more enjoyable by embracing the culture of the destination you’re at and enjoying the new scenery that surrounds you. 

It’s also important to adapt your workouts to the new environment that you're in. For example, If you have travelled somewhere that’s a lot warmer than home, you can risk heat exhaustion through exercise. If you travel somewhere colder, it can be a challenge to adapt to working out outside, for instance. In this blog, we will explore the ways you can stay fit while travelling for both holiday and work.


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How to Stay Fit While Travelling (techniques and tips)

When travelling, having a flexible and dynamic approach will help you to keep fit. It can feel stressful trying to exercise, so let’s explore some of the ways that can help you continue your fitness routine while you’re away:

Plan Ahead

It’s important to plan ahead by researching your destination to find gyms or exercise facilities nearby, or even parks that may have outdoor gym facilities. Preplanning helps to reduce stress and make it easier to carry out your workouts and stay consistent. Having your workouts already planned will help you organise any activities or outings during your time away.

Outdoor Activities

Outdoor activities are a fun way to incorporate physical exercise. This can be activities such as sightseeing that can be done on foot or bike. You can also try some activities in the water including snorkelling or surfing. Outdoor activities are fantastic for your mental well-being whilst enjoying the beauty of nature around you. Activities such as hiking provide you with natural resistance exercise that engages muscles used to remain balanced when walking on uneven terrain.

Bodyweight Workouts 

Bodyweight workouts are a great form of exercise that can be performed anywhere you go, making it the perfect workout to use when travelling. You don’t have to worry about bringing any equipment. Bodyweight exercises are a great way to stay fit while travelling due to their versatility. There is a wide range of bodyweight exercises available and they can be performed in any space as they don’t require any equipment. Some great examples could be push ups, sit ups, planks, squats, burpees and other exercises that need not require any equipment.

Keep Hydrated

Staying hydrated while travelling is crucial to ensure your body gets enough fluids to help maintain the body's temperature. By staying hydrated, it will help improve your concentration, allowing you to remain focused and motivated during your workouts. Additionally, proper hydration helps combat fatigue that’s connected with travel, by increasing your energy levels.


Your muscles can become stiff after travelling, so incorporating some stretching into your routine is important to keep your muscles warm and moving to reduce injury whilst you’re away. Stretching also improves flexibility, enhancing your joint mobility, and increasing the joint's range of motion.


Getting a sufficient amount of sleep is essential for the body to rest and heal. It also replenishes your energy and reduces stress, which overall improves mood. Travelling can result in fatigue, therefore, getting enough sleep will help reduce fatigue and increase your energy levels which will result in a productive workout.

It’s important to ensure you continue with activities and exercises that are within your abilities whilst you are travelling. Finding ways to incorporate exercise into your routine when travelling, whether in a peaceful location or a busy city, will help improve your overall health and well-being.

Keeping Fit While Travelling

There’s an array of benefits to keeping fit while travelling. Taking part in regular exercise whilst you are travelling boosts your energy levels, giving you the most out of your time away. Keeping active boosts your mood and clears your mind, allowing you to enjoy your new destination to the fullest. Keeping up a fitness routine can alleviate jet lag, giving your body a routine to follow that will help you adapt to the different time zones better. Additionally, exploring your destination and exercising with the scenery around you will boost your experience at the places you visit. This will overall make it easier for you to stay fit whilst travelling in the future. 

If you are travelling for a holiday, it’s important to remember that you are away to relax and enjoy yourself and the destination you are travelling to. There are lots of ways to keep active through fun holiday activities, rather than solely focusing on a fitness workout. You can adapt your usual daily fitness routine and substitute workouts for outdoor activities that include physical exertion. It’s key to remember to enjoy your holiday and not miss out on activities and experiences that you can’t do back at home.

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How to Stay Fit While Travelling for Work 

It can be challenging to stay fit while travelling for work, but it is achievable by using an adaptable approach. If you plan workouts and treat them like crucial work appointments, you can keep yourself accountable and improve your well-being. You can also choose accommodation for your work that includes gym and fitness facilities that are easily accessible. 

If this is not available, you can bring feasible fitness equipment such as resistance bands and transform your hotel room into a temporary workout space. Another way you can keep fit while travelling for work is to walk or cycle to meetings that are an adequate distance from your hotel. This can help you easily incorporate a minimum daily amount of exercise. If you don’t have a lot of time due to a busy schedule, a short high-intensity workout is a good way to still get exercise into your day when you have a tight timescale. 

It’s important to remember that staying fit also includes maintaining a healthy diet. Taking in a nutritious, balanced diet and staying hydrated is a key part of maintaining overall health. By incorporating these approaches into your work travel, you can continue your fitness routine and remain active, which leads to improved mood and focus, resulting in more productive working hours.

It’s essential to consult a medical professional if you are planning a fitness routine while travelling to ensure your abilities match your exercise plans. Healthcare professionals can offer you recommendations that match your fitness levels and overall health status. This ensures you are safe to engage in exercise when you’re away to prevent any injuries or aggravate any pre-existing health conditions. 

Keep Fit While Travelling With Village Gym 

Village Gym is the perfect place to help you stay fit when you’re travelling. We have gyms across the nation, equipped with state-of-the-art equipment that will enable you to fulfil your workout goals. We have a range of cardio machines, weights and group classes available too. We also have fitness professionals that can provide you with workout plans suited to your abilities. If you enjoy having the motivation of people around you whilst working out, our fitness classes are a great way to push yourself to reach your full potential.

Why not make your travelling even better by staying at Village Hotel. Travelling made a whole lot easier with everything under one roof, with a comfy night's sleep, delicious food, and a rejuvenating health and wellness club.

We have a range of different membership options available that can help you keep fit whilst you’re travelling up and down the nation. Sign up today to keep your fitness on track at one of our gyms.

FAQs about Keeping Fit While Travelling

How do I stay fit when going abroad?

Going sightseeing with a good amount of walking is a great way to keep fit. You can also do activities like surfing, snorkelling or swimming to keep yourself active during your trip.

How can I maintain a fitness routine when travelling for work?

You can do this by walking or cycling to meetings, treating workouts like a work meeting to make sure you carry them out or doing quick high-intensity workouts in your room to ensure you’re still getting a workout done amongst your work schedule.

Can you still lose weight when you travel?

This is dependent on the nature of your trip. If you are travelling to a city, you may be doing a lot of sightseeing, meaning you are doing a lot more walking than normal which means you’ll be burning more calories than you normally would be, promoting weight loss.


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