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7 Quirky Exercise Options When Traveling

Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA

Climbing the road

Alexandra Works Out on The Road, Literally (Click on the photos to extend your journey!)

 Summer time is travel time. That can also mean spending more time sitting in planes, cars, hotel rooms, and on relatives’ couches. Vacations and travel also disrupt workout and exercise routines. Get in some movement while on the road or in the air by looking at options from a new angle.

1. Escalate Your Choices

Alexandra: Yes, you can take the stairs NEXT to the escalator, or climb the escalator steps instead of standing in place, just as easily as you can walk on the airport moving walkway instead of standing still. But what about going the wrong way? If few people are about, why not walk up the down escalator, or jog the opposite way on the moving walkway? Kids do it all the time, so why can’t we adults?

2. Check Out the Hotel at Check In

Kymberly: Overcome travel fatigue by taking advantage of fitness opportunities in your hotel. Check into your room, then check out the options.

Casita at the Ranch

Exercise Your Right to Nap in Your Room

First stop: the fitness room. No matter how modest or spacious, this is usually one of the quietest places at the hotel, which means you may have it to yourself. Wear whatever works, sing along to your iPod, put the tv channel on your favorite re-run as you get in a brisk walk on the treadmill.

3. Step It Up and Down

Next up: Stairs instead of elevators! That first trip with luggage deserves the elevator. After that, step it up! So obvious, yet how many people do you see using hotel stairs? If you’re staying on a high floor, take the elevator halfway, get out and walk the rest of the way. If your room is on a lower level, take the elevator a few flights past your floor and walk down. Do a mini-step class on the bottom step or landing.

4. Keep Hair Dry with This Water Workout

Water workout pool

Admit it – This Pool Beckons (Click on the Photo to Dive In)

What next?: the pool! Hate swimming? Want to keep your hair dry? Can do! Jog in place at waist to chest depth or do a few powerwalking laps. Stand in a lunge position and jump-switch legs back and forth. Be creative moving your arms and legs about underwater creating resistance for a nifty and refreshing muscular endurance workout.

5. Take Off with This Plane Program

Alexandra: On a very long flight to Thailand a year ago, Kymberly and I were in physical discomfort from being seated for too long. Ever since 9/11, it seems we are discouraged from moving about during flights. Fortunately we found out that our plane had two levels with a stairwell at the back. So we climbed up and down for a while, then did stretches and leg work in place on the stairs. No-one gave us unfriendly looks, and we even spotted a few copycats after we were done.

Trip to Thailand

Walk Those Runways

6. Trot on and off Trolleys

Some cities offer sightseeing trolleys that allow you to hop off, visit an interesting place, then hop back on, including our home base Santa Barbara. I was just in Savannah, Georgia, and the free on/off buses were a perfect way to sightsee without having to walk the entire historic district or stay on a bus the whole time.

7. Pop a Squat Set

Even if you are stuck in the crappy middle seat of a domestic flight, and cannot “get up and move about the cabin,” you can still do squats. Unbuckle, start to stand, then sit back down. Do this ten times at repeated intervals and you will feel so much better when the flight’s over. You might even avoid having your legs fall asleep, which is what happens to me on flights if I stay still. Who cares if people stare? They are envious of your talents and ingenuity.

Chevy Volt and Alexandra in trunk

No junk in your trunk with these travel moves.

Kymberly: They are probably also jealous of your hot fun in the summertime! Road song! Click to sing along.

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Get practical exercise advice, your fitness questions answered, and cutting edge health edu-tainment that is accessible and doable from long time fitness experts, Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA. We have taught on land, sea, and airwaves for 3 decades on 4 continents. From writing to speaking, emceeing to hosting a radio show, reviewing products to teaching classes, we believe that little steps turn into big paths. Move a little more than the day before. FitFluential Ambassadors and award-winners both online and off.

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21 Responses to 7 Quirky Exercise Options When Traveling

  1. Tamara July 7, 2014 at 7:54 am #

    Most excellent ideas!
    My kids would love #1; I’m always telling them not to go against the flow on escalators, but if it’s for fitness, I guess it’s okay!

    And #4 is my go-to. Kids love to spend hours in the pool. Me? Not so much. But I’ll gladly tread water fro 30 minutes while they frolic around me. And just this spring I discovered that my pedometer counts those movements as steps!
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    • KymberlyFunFit July 7, 2014 at 9:42 am #

      I am so with you Tamara about getting into pools. I don’t want to get wet, except when at Rancho la Puerta. Did not know that about pedometers working in water. I will try that out.
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  2. Debbie @ Live from La Quinta July 7, 2014 at 9:45 am #

    My favorite way to explore a new city is by foot. Usually running, but walking is great too. On and off trolleys or subways when you want to get to farther away areas.

    I rarely use the stairs, though I’ll admit that once I get above the third floor I will usually cave in to the elevator. Great idea to travel half way.
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  3. KymberlyFunFit July 7, 2014 at 9:49 am #

    Like you, I love subways, U-Bahns, metros, undergrounds, the tube. But not running. …….. Nothing like taking a walk or a bus trip in a new city to get the lay of the land. Though for getting out and about, it’s under ground I go!
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  4. Yum Yucky July 7, 2014 at 11:21 am #

    #7. is Pop a Squat Set.
    But what about #8? Drop it Like It’s Hot
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  5. Jody - Fit at 56 July 7, 2014 at 1:01 pm #

    Great ideas & love the opposite waking stuff – that sounds fun! I usually take stairs anyway unless I have to much luggage in my hands to even walk! ;)

    Flights drive me crazy – even shorter ones & I tend to ask the flight attendants if I can stand back where the food is cause I get so restless in the seat. First class would be nice if I were rich! ;)
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  6. KymberlyFunFit July 7, 2014 at 5:30 pm #

    How about I join you at the back of the plane next to the rolling carts where we jog in place most Golden One? That worked for me on one of my cross country flights. The attendants were nice about it. I felt first class-ish as I overlooked my coach seat from afar.
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  7. DarleneMAM July 7, 2014 at 6:21 pm #

    I love the suggestion to checkout the fitness room. And I agree, it’s often the quietest area of the hotel!

  8. Walker Thornton July 8, 2014 at 3:04 am #

    Great suggestions which I’ll keep in mind when I travel in August.
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  9. Sheryl July 8, 2014 at 3:06 pm #

    Such good tips – I especially like the part about keeping your hair dry. I know, I know…I shouldn’t worry about it. But I do. Next time I’m going in the pool and doing some cardio!
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  10. Jennifer July 8, 2014 at 5:06 pm #

    One of the first things I do after I check-in a hotel is check out the pool & fitness rooms! Love these other fitness/travel tips.
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  11. Coco July 8, 2014 at 7:41 pm #

    Great tips! I usually get through security early (because you never know what the lines will be like) and try to walk the terminal to pass the time before boarding.
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  12. Bharat July 8, 2014 at 11:05 pm #

    Some great suggestions, If you’re willing to do exercise then you can find some ways to do it. Like you already mentioned focus on manual things, like walking instead of using elevators etc.
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  13. Wendy Byde July 9, 2014 at 8:52 am #

    I love when places have a family fitness room. What great tips! :)
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  14. GiGi Eats Celebrities July 9, 2014 at 8:54 am #

    When traveling, I always make sure my hotel has a gym. If it doesn’t, I get up early and go walk the streets (or walk what ever terrain is around). I remember in Turkey every so often the hotels we stayed at didn’t have gyms… My mom, sister and I strapped on our sneakers and went walking, but it was amazing because we explored so much! :)
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  15. Ainura July 9, 2014 at 3:08 pm #

    Those are all great tips! Thanks for posting them. So true, we can use any opportunity to do at least some exercising when travelling.
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  16. linda honsberger October 3, 2014 at 12:02 pm #

    Thailand! i”m jealous. Next time i fly i will practice the plane stair climb and squats.

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