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How to Stay Fit While Traveling: 6 Ultimate (and Foolproof) Tips!

Whether you’re traveling for work or enjoying a fun, family-filled vacation at Disney, there’s always that thought, “I want to enjoy myself, but I don’t want to lose the progress I’ve made in the gym!”

If you’ve had this concern before or are currently struggling with this question, just know – you’re not alone. Traveling, though exciting, can be very stressful as it takes you out of your normal routine.

We’re here to alleviate some of this stress! When done correctly and properly planned for, absolutely no travel or vacation will be the death of any fitness progress. We promise!

Vacations are meant to be enjoyed. Food is meant to be enjoyed. Movement is meant to be enjoyed.

So, let’s find out how you can live your best life AND stay fit while traveling! Because, yes – you can do both!

1.)   Trust Your Itinerary

The first, most important step is to take 20 minutes to create an itinerary for your trip! This way you’ll know exactly where you’re going, what you’re doing, AND about how long it will take. So often when we feel out of control, we go off the rails and engage in unhealthy habits.

By creating a detailed plan, you have a greater understanding of where your time is allotted. Do you have to follow this precisely? Absolutely not, but creating a foundation where you can deviate slightly will add a lot more comfort than standing on unlevel ground.

FW Tip! Bring your itinerary in for a session with your personal trainer! They can help you find the right exercises for your schedule. Don’t have a personal trainer? Come in for a FREE goal session where you can work one-on-one with our certified personal trainers!

2.)   Always Bring Snacks

Stay one step ahead with delicious, satiating snacks that you can put in your bag or backpack during the day! Nothing will set you off track more than feeling anxious and hungry, so we recommend travel-friendly snacks filled with lots of protein and healthy fats. Our favourites include:

  • Yogurt
  • Protein Bars
  • Trail Mix
  • Veggies & Hummus
  • Cheese and Crackers

3.)   Train While You’re Away!

If you’re anything like us and need to be at a gym for that amazing serotonin boost to kick in, look no further than the TrainAway App!

We absolutely love this super handy app for saving you time and stress when you’re away from home and all you want is a good workout at a clean, uplifting gym! As a Fitness World member, you’ll get discounted access to over 1500 gyms in more than 40 countries! You can also look through reviews, photos, descriptions, hours, and so much more before choosing a gym to find the one that’s right for you!

4.)   Walk, Walk, Walk!

There is a reason we tout the benefits of walking so frequently! Walking is free, easy on the joints, and pretty much accessible no matter where you are in the world! Make it a goal for your vacation to hit 10,000 steps a day.

While this number might seem daunting, we promise it’s not! Find activities that are a bit more spaced out: water parks, festivals, and hikes are great activities that you can add to your itinerary where you can get your steps in!

5.)   Stay Hydrated

With great big portions of lobster mac and cheese, comes great dehydration – that’s the line, right?

One of the best things you can do while traveling is increase your water intake. The plane, fast food, restaurant food, the sun, and walking are all well-known dehydrators that can leave you feeling tired, puffy, and maybe a bit more bloated than usual.

These factors also tend to fool people into thinking they’ve gained weight on vacation, when really – it’s water! Grab your favourite water bottle, fill it with crisp, cold H2O, and watch as you suddenly feel less tired, less bloated, and a lot fresher!

6.) Workout Wherever, Whenever!

Long gone are the days where you had to bring your beloved Jane Fonda VHS workout with you on vacation. Everything is digital – including your workouts!

With FW Online, you can access hundreds of your favourite workout classes 24/7 right from the Fitness World Canada mobile app . This takes the stress away from lugging around heavy equipment or purchasing a more expensive hotel for the workout amenities.

Head to Fitness World for More Fitness and Travel Tips!

If you’re planning an upcoming vacation and want to look and feel your best, head into your local Fitness World today! We’ll help you build a fitness and nutrition plan uniquely designed to fit your needs.

We’re all about getting you the results you’re looking for!

For questions about how to stay fit while traveling or to get more information about gyms, contact us today!