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My go-to travel workout & staying active while travelling

My go-to travel workout & staying active while travelling
My go-to travel workout & staying active while travelling

I have been travelling for the past few weeks and am looking forward to a few more trips this spring and summer.


While my trips are generally pretty active, I also try and fit in a few strength & conditioning workouts while away.


Here is my go-to travel workout inspired by one of my favourite trainers Donny and his infamous pyramid workouts:


Hotel Gym Version (Minimal Equipment Required) 


As you may have guessed from the pyramid name, go through sets 1-5 and then back down through sets 4-1. You will be sweating in no time!


ExerciseSet 1Set 2Set 3Set 4Set 5
Pushup on bosu ball510152025
Dumbbell row68101214
Squat jumps510152025
Plank with leg taps2030405060
Lunge jumps (per leg)68101214
Burpees with bosu ball510152025

Hotel Room Version (No Equipment Required) 


ExerciseSet 1Set 2Set 3Set 4Set 5
Pushup510152025
Power lunges (per leg)68101214
Squat jumps510152025
Plank shoulder taps2030405060
Tricep dips510152025
Burpees with bosu ball510152025


Other tips for staying active while travelling


Earlier this spring, I shared 5 tips for planning an active vacation with BC Living. Read the full article here. Here’s a few more ideas:


  • Try out new a fitness class: sign-up for a ClassPass trial in the city you are in or research studios in advance. Many places offer a free or discounted first class.
  • Search the city you are travelling to and related hashtags on Instagram to find healthy places to eat, hikes to try, places to explore, and other active things to do.
  • Healthy living blogs based in the city you are visiting are another great resource for finding healthy food options and outdoor activities.
  • Bring some basic equipment with you. I usually travel with a lacrosse ball, resistance band, mini foam roller, and skipping rope. I also use an interval timer app on my iPhone for circuit workouts.
  • Pack healthy snacks. I shared a list of gluten-free and dairy-free hiking snacks here, which can easily be used for travelling. I will often bring oatmeal (portioned out in ziplock bags), protein powder, raw nuts, nut butter, roasted chickpeas, and protein bars with me. Once I arrive, I’ll stop by a nearby grocery store and buy nut milk, bananas, apples, and anything else that looks good.

How do you stay active while on vacation? What’s the next trip you have planned? 

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