Staying Active Away From Home – GUEST POST – Mike Manning

Today I have a great guest post from a gentleman who contacted me through my blog.  He wanted to share an article with my readers.

I feel that this article is especially of relevance now as we all begin our vacation/travel season for the summer.  I always try to stay active when I go on vacation.  When I travel I pack my strength band and plan on bodyweight workouts.  You may remember last summer I even got to practice yoga on the beach.  I also rent a bike if that is offered anywhere and pack some really good sneakers for long walks.

Staying Active Away From Home – Mike Manning

Staying active while traveling can be difficult, but the benefits of exercise while traveling are numerous.  Exercise can lower anxiety and stress that are brought on by travel, it helps you sleep better, and last but certainly not least it will enable you to go back home without worrying about your clothes fitting too tightly! With a little bit of effort before leaving on your trip, you’ll be reaping the benefits of exercise while bypassing the frustrations of working out in an unfamiliar place.

When booking a hotel, it is easy to glance at list of amenities offered, note that a gym is present and plan to use this for fitness.  However, many times upon arrival the gym turns out to be nothing more than a treadmill and stationary bicycle thrown into a room with a television to accompany you while you sweat.  This is why some due diligence is extremely important for the fitness aficionado going on a trip. On a recent trip to San Francisco I was able to book a great hotel for my fitness and personal needs because I used a travel reviews site beforehand. I was given a list of the best hotels in San Francisco and was able to parse through that list by seeing what amenities were offered and reviews on those amenities. This truly made my experience so much better. Due to increased demand, many hotels are willing and able to assist in finding suitable workout options for their guests should the hotel not provide any. A phone call to the front desk before booking a hotel room should help you determine all of your fitness options while away from home.

Another great option for staying fit while traveling is preplanning workouts that can be done anywhere.  Crossfit, a current fitness phenomenon, has gyms all over the US and if you’re already a member of a Crossfit gym it’s possible to find one ahead of time where you’ll be traveling so that you can stay up to day with the Workout of the Day (WOD).  Find a Crossfit gym here and call ahead of time to ask about drop ins.

In order to make sure that you’ve got all your bases covered, don’t forget your workout equipment. Yoga mat, headphones, iPod or music device, tennis shoes, jump rope, resistance bands, exercise friendly clothing, a plan of action and whatever else you might need to keep the fitness going.  Knowing what you plan to do before you get to your hotel makes it less likely that you’ll make excuses to not exercise while you are away from home.

Michael Manning is a Fitness and healthy living enthusiast who tries to see the best in all situations. He loves to hike, run, weight lift, travel, camp, cook, and be outside. Traveling the world and seeing nature’s beauty is his hobby and staying healthy through that is essential to him.

Mike has his own blog, Manning’s Musings:  Read his blog here:


4 Responses to “Staying Active Away From Home – GUEST POST – Mike Manning”

  1. Thanks Missy for this article. I will be checking out Mike’s blog and incorporating some of these ideas when I go on vacation.

  2. Great tips! Plus, it is always good to discover new fitness bloggers

  3. Anywhere we may go, even in other places, we have lots of gyms where we can continue our workouts. This is one big tip to let us know that even when we’re on a travel, we can still do the things like exercising. 🙂

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