Staying fit is relatively straightforward once you get into the swing of it: you can do workouts from home or at your local gym, and fill your fridge with fresh, healthy food. However, if you’re traveling around, either for work or leisure, and your normal daily routine doesn’t apply, it can be tricky to keep up the good work.

Whether you’re on vacation, working on the move as a digital nomad, or setting out on a business trip, you’ll need to adjust your usual fitness regime to accommodate the necessary changes. It’s all about being prepared. Rather than just rocking up, plan ahead and your body will thank you for it.

Here are our top tips for staying fit while on the move, so you’ll come back from your travels feeling healthy and refreshed.

Pack Light Equipment

Heavy equipment can make traveling exhausting – not to mention expensive if you’re paying for extra bags on your flight. Opt for a minimal amount of lightweight equipment, such as a jump rope, a TRX and exercise bands.

Don’t Forget Your Exercise Clothing

One of the best ways to get into the workout zone is to change into your exercise clothing, so make sure you have it with you. Again, one or two of your most lightweight outfits is ideal: one pair of sneakers, workout pants or leggings, and your most comfortable gym top will suffice.

Choose a Hotel with a Gym or Outdoor Space

If you’re staying in a hotel, find one that has its own gym for guests to use. Alternatively choose accommodation with a walkable outdoor space, such as a park or beach, to make sure you have a place where you can go and be active.

Wear A Fitness Watch

Wearable fitness tech is big at the moment, and it’s one of the most convenient and compact things to travel with that will help you stick to your regime. Use a fitness watch to track your steps and keep on top of your plan, as well as count calories if that’s your thing.

Find a Gym with a Day Use Option

If you have the time while traveling, a trip to a gym that allows day usage can work wonders for de-stressing and stopping you from falling off the wagon. Most gyms will have this option, but it’s a good idea to check beforehand to avoid paying a monthly subscription fee.

Take the Stairs

Finally, one of the best ways to keep fit while traveling is walk as often as you can. Skip your hotel elevator and take the stairs instead. Walk around and explore wherever you’re staying and you’ll burn more calories – and have more time to enjoy the sights too.

It can be tricky to manage workouts and healthy eating all the time – even when you’re not traveling. And, especially if you’re on vacation, try not to be too strict or harsh on yourself if you struggle to keep up with your fitness goals. Navigating your fitness journey when you’re traveling can be a challenge, and it’s important to accept that you may not have the time or resources to do everything you might be used to at home.

Follow these tips for staying fit while traveling, but don’t beat yourself up if you miss a few workouts. Happy travels!