I previously wrote a post about Staying Fit While on the Road with some tips and ideas for staying healthy and getting exercise while still enjoying your vacation. I wanted to expand on the topic, however, because if we’re all being honest with ourselves, we all know that travel can seriously interrupt your fitness routine even when you have the best of intentions. Sometimes it’s not always an option to pack a bunch of extra workout clothes or fit in enough time to go out on some awesome fitness excursion.
It doesn’t need to be too difficult, however. I’ve put together this list of videos, routines, and apps for you that will help you fit exercise into your busy travel schedule wherever you happen to be.
Stream workout videos.
There are various subscriptions services you can use to stream workout videos ranging from cardio to dance to yoga and more. You’ll most likely have to pay for most of these, however (keep reading for free options under ‘apps). Here are a few of my favorite options:
- Daily Burn: I’ve heard great things about this option. Prices vary, but the high end is around $25 per month (cheaper options exist). This is great for those who want a variety of workouts available to them, and they do offer a free 30 day trial. They also have a nutritional database to help you get your diet on track. Workouts are extremely varied, so choose the one that works best for you (i.e. some will require equipment, but some won’t).
- Tone It Up: Good news, this one is FREE! Tone It Up is a YouTube channel that has garnered a ton of subscriptions because of these ladies having hot bodies and easy to follow workouts. The free options are short video clips, but you can piece a few together to create a great workout. They do have DVDs on offer as well in case you fall in love with their workout style.
- Blogilates: Another free YouTube channel for you. These workouts are pretty tough and will give you a great pilates style workout with some body weight training added in.
Bring some workout DVDs with you.
If streaming isn’t your thing, you can still slip a couple DVDs into your suitcase and play them in your hotel room. Everybody has their favorites and there is a workout DVD for pretty much any kind of workout, but here are a few that I like if you’re not sure where to begin:
- For hardcore yogis: Rodney Yee’s Power Yoga Collection. I did one of these with my aunt in our hotel room on a trip to Hawaii, and I was definitely challenged.
- For yogis who like an easier workout: I seriously love the Simply Yoga DVD. It is fairly low budget in it’s production value, but it’s only 30 minutes long and you get some good yoga moves in without it being too difficult. Plus, Yolanda Pettinato’s voice is soothing. I find the whole DVD to leave me feeling pretty relaxed.
- For a tough full-body workout: Anything by Jillian Michaels. I’ve done several of her DVDs and got a great workout each time. Some of them do require some light equipment, but I find a couple of large water bottles will do in a pinch wherever dumbbells are required, and these workouts will definitely leave you sweating.
- If Pilates is your thing: Alisa Wyatt’s DVDs are really good, and she offers them for beginner, intermediate, and advanced pilates, so there is something for every level.
- If you just want to shake your booty: ZUMBA! If you’ve never taken a Zumba class, it’s seriously fun. Now you can take Zumba anywhere with you.
Here is a listing of free apps that will help with workouts:
- Daily Workouts: This app, simply called ‘Workouts,’ has a great variety of moves available, and you can program it to target certain areas and for a desired length of time. It will then scroll through short videos which demonstrate the move. All you have to do is do the move along with the instructor. If you don’t want to do a move, you can skip it. Some moves do require hand weights. If you don’t have any hand weights with you, I find a couple large bottles of water can do the trick in a pinch. Also available from this company is the similar Simply Yoga app, which is like Daily Workouts, but for yoga moves.
- Workout Trainer: This app has countless free workouts with step by step instructions to help you meet your fitness goals. You can also build your own workout routines or use workout routines created by the community. It is free, but if you get the premium version it includes HD video, the removal of ads, and even more workout routines to choose from. (Android, iOS)
- Sworkit: This app lets you create your own routine targeted to your goals. Whether that goal is to increase your cardio health, build strength, or increase your flexibility, this app will help you customize a routine that will help you to meet your goals.
- MyFitnessPal: I couldn’t really write a list of fitness apps without including an app that I use every single day! I love MyFitnessPal. I use it to track my daily calories eaten and burned. It really does make it much easier to keep track of what I’m eating and how many calories I burn in a given workout. Their website also has an extensive list of fitness apps that are compatible with MyFitnessPal, from apps that sync your logged workouts, fitness trackers, health trackers, and more. MyFitnessPal is free, but the premium version does unlock additional features.
I wrote about some ideas in my Staying Fit While on the Road post, so definitely check that out for some great ideas on fit activities you can do while traveling, but the main point is to get out there and explore your destination. Choose active activities such as hiking, jogging, kayaking, etc. Make it fun!