5 Easy Ways to Stay in Shape While Traveling

· And our favorite portable workout equipment! ·

September 10, 2017

One of the biggest issues for us while traveling is getting out of shape! Especially when we have been traveling for so long. It's no secret that fitness is super important to us since Gavin used to be a personal trainer and at home we are constantly at the gym. We all know how it goes... You go on vacation, you eat whatever you want, whenever you want. You lay around on a beach chair for a week while getting pool side service bringing you fried Oreos every hour. And suddenly you get home, are feeling a little fluffy, and have to spend some extra time in the gym to get back to normal! So we are sharing a few of our favorite things that have helped us stay 'somewhat' in shape while traveling. And don't worry.... It doesn't involve spending an hour at the gym or giving up dessert. ?


Of course the easiest way to stay in shape while on vacation is going to the gym at your hotel. But what if you’re hotel doesn’t have a gym? Or you don’t have time? Heres some of our favorite tips!

  1. WALKING: This one is super easy. And you wouldn’t think of it as a workout! Walking instead of taking a taxi is big for us. It gets you moving with a goal in mind of where you are going. Of course while we are currently walking through the heat and humidity of Thailand we sometimes regret it. But we get an awesome sweat on and count it as our workout of the day!
  2. HIT THE LOCAL MARKET: This is our favorite! Everywhere we travel we go to then grocery store and get food for breakfast and lunch. It is a great way to save money and stay healthy! We always get fruit, bagels, sandwiches, chips, and healthy snacks to take with us while we are site seeing! We also make sure to get plenty of water. We have seen such a difference in how we feel from eating out once a day instead of three.
  3. HIKING: We always love a good sunrise or sunset hike while traveling. Whether it is an uphill climb, a road with a view, or just a walk on the beach. We love hiking and its a great little workout! We obviously have traveled to a lot of places where hiking is all we do. But we have also found hikes in the city of LA (Literally “hiking” through houses for hours in the Hollywood Hills) to the beaches of Thailand. You can find a hike anywhere! Find them, hike them, and I promise it will be one of your favorite parts of your trip! And you can get some good cardio in while looking at a gorgeous view?
  4. EXCURSIONS: Okay… Not all excursions can count as a workout. But we can pretend! We love doing excursions that get us active. Snorkeling, yoga classes, kayaking, scuba diving, ATV-ing, site seeing, etc. Totally counts as a workout right?! I will admit that my arms are sore from canoeing for a solid 2 minutes the other day? it counts!
  5. 10 MINUTE HOTEL ROOM (OR HOME) WORKOUT: This is where things get a little creative. We are always doing workouts in our room using the bed for tricep dips, or laying down on the bed to do abs. Doing lunges, squats, etc. Your hotel room is your gym! Here is a quick and easy workout to do in your hotel room, in under 10 minutes!
  • 10 squats
  • 10 lunges (each leg)
  • 10 backward let raises (using leg resistance bands below)
  • 10 push ups
  • 10 bicep curls (using resistance bands below)
  • 20 crunches
  • 60 second plank
  • 60 second jumprope or high knees
  • repeat at LEAST twice!

OUR FAVORITE PORTABLE WORKOUT DEVICES: These are some of our favorites that we use! They are so affordable and great quality!?

Jumprope: Perfect for a little cardio!

Workout bands: Perfect for arm or leg workouts!

Hand grip exersiser: Perfect for getting those muscular forearms!

Click on the pictures to shop these products and add them to your Amazon cart! ?



September 16, 2017


  1. Anonymous

    September 10, 2017

    I love you and I miss you!!! Let me know when you have those twins??-McKinley

  2. Farheen Viauas

    September 11, 2017

    Awesome article.LOved reading it, Kelsey.

  3. coloradosunriseblog

    September 11, 2017

    Great ideas! I’ll definitely be using these next time I travel!

  4. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    September 11, 2017

    Thank you Farheen!

  5. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    September 11, 2017

    Thank you! ?

  6. jez

    September 11, 2017

    Good infos how to stay in shape while traveling love the article… ill see kore of your blogs ?

  7. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    September 11, 2017

    Thank you Jez!

  8. ~mongji

    September 11, 2017

    Hi! I am very hesitant to start going to gym, I feel shy because of my current body. I am skinny huhu

  9. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    September 12, 2017

    I used to be hesitant to! You can start with at home workouts and trying classes at a gym with other people. Then work up to working out on your own. Baby steps ?

  10. Monica Ray

    September 14, 2017

    Walking is a win-win no matter where you are. You get to learn about a place pretty quickly and get happy endorphins out of it too!

  11. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    September 15, 2017


  12. Everyday Life

    September 16, 2017

    No probs kelsey hope you follow me too ?

  13. latemojito

    September 17, 2017

    I had the same issue while travelling to Turkey. My family decided to choose an all inclusive-packet so the food was more that necessary. All from lamb steak to delicious ice creams and baclava. While enjoy a light breakfast and watching the beach, I realized I had become a little fluffier and to me shock, my bikins were proving that. So, I went to the gym and decided to make a full workout session. After 30 minutes I gave up because of the boredom.
    After I came back from that trip I was so angry at myself for gaining in weight. Wish I could have read your past back then! Anyway, I took notes and I promise to make sure that next time on vacation I’ll try your advice. Thanks for sharing your ideas with us!

  14. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    September 17, 2017

    It happens to all of us! I’m glad to share some helpful tips. It took us many trips to finally find out how to keep the vacation weight off! Haha!

  15. 'N A Perfect World...

    September 24, 2017

    Thanks for the tips! Will do these in my hotel in CPH now!

  16. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    September 25, 2017


  17. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    September 26, 2017

    You’re welcome!

  18. Janice C. Johnson

    September 30, 2017

    These are such great tips! We’ve been traveling more than ever the past few years, partly because we have out-of-state grandchildren! 😀 And yeah, it’s too easy to stuff yourself silly (and fluffy).
    On one trip, I tried hauling hand weights along in my suitcase. Not worth it. The stretchy bands are way simpler!

  19. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    September 30, 2017

    Haha that’s awesome! I can’t believe you brought the weights. What a good story! Happy traveling!?

  20. teresabrucebooks

    October 2, 2017

    a good reminder for my next trip. On road trips, like the one I blog about, we found hikes to bus stops worked well. Plus, on crowded Latin America buses or subway excursions, you can get a core workout by gripping with your whole body and not hanging on to hand grips (assuming you have good balance 🙂

  21. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    October 2, 2017

    Haha I never thought of the buses! Its so true. Those are very hard to stay standing on without knocking people over! Happy traveling!

  22. Severine Perronnet

    October 6, 2017

    We always travel as backpackers, so no pool service :p and we walk everywhere. Add a little one to the mix, and that”s a real workout: walking through a city, pushing a pram!

  23. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    October 6, 2017

    WOW! Seriously big props to you guys! We need to try it someday. I see so many people doing it while we are traveling and I feel lazy!

  24. Clazz - An Orcadian Abroad

    October 7, 2017

    Great tips! I always stay in hostels so I’d struggle with a room workout lol. I walk so much on my travels that I do tend to keep fairly fit but I completely lose any routine.

  25. mountaintoseablog

    October 10, 2017

    We have been living in our van for two months. We found that community pools offer a fun work out (swimming) and free showers! It’s a win win!

  26. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    October 10, 2017

    That’s so smart! I would’ve never thought. Sounds like you guys are having an awesome adventure!

  27. meghan11

    October 20, 2017

    Great information. As a yoga instructor, my go to is always yoga poses!
    Thanks for the like on my blog.

  28. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    October 20, 2017

    Yoga is awesome! Stretching always feels good after sitting on a crammed airplane. I need more yoga in my life!

  29. strongbodytoday

    October 20, 2017

    call me a bit of a weirdo, I still find gyms even in some weird holes in the wall of the world. have even worked out with some homemade/welded stuff that looked like scrap pulled from a junk yard. I was actually a bit scared, but still excited to give it a try

  30. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    October 20, 2017

    That’s awesome. Means your dedicated to your workouts! ???

  31. spleendingo

    October 21, 2017

    Love the article! Any suggestions for someone (me) moving to Cambodia? I’ve already started a walk/jog regimen. I’m not TOO overweight, but could lose a few more pounds.

    If it matters, I’m 54 years old, drink occasionally, smoke cigarettes sometimes, and, admittedly, love some greasy food now and then. NOT IN THE BEST HEALTH SPECTRUM obviously, but I’m trying 🙂

  32. zivasdiybatteryrestoration

    October 22, 2017

    Great Article. Thanks.

  33. jeffreyludwig76

    October 26, 2017

    Don’t forget yoga, which is a great way to stretch out and strengthen those hammies after long flights, walks, standing in line…you name it. If you have wifi access, you can always find a class online to follow, too. 😉

  34. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    October 27, 2017

    Oh yes yoga is essential! Sometimes I have to whip out some moves mid-flight so I don’t go crazy.

  35. Debbie Myburgh

    October 28, 2017

    I enjoyed reading how to stay in shape while travelling. My challenge is working all day, no time to prepare healthy meals so i eat on the go. We have a fitness program for women which i have initiated and now i do not get the time to join. How do i fit in exercise in my busy work schedule, i am tired when i get home after work. Weekends community work.

  36. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    October 28, 2017

    I have so many people that also have this problem. They said doing little things like getting a standing desk, or a yoga ball to sit on instead of a chair has helped a lot. Along with meal prepping for the week on sundays, going on walks during their lunch break, taking the stairs etc. I’ve done a lot of them myself I notice a difference too!

  37. energyflux2012

    October 28, 2017

    Very useful advice. Thanks for the article. I’ve always wanted to go sight seeing to other regions. 🙂

  38. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    October 28, 2017

    You should definitely do it!

  39. jeffreyludwig76

    October 29, 2017

    Hahaha. Yes. Indeed. Gotta get that blood flowing on those long flights especially.

  40. Edissa Nicolas-Huntsman

    October 29, 2017

    This is so cute. I love your approach and tone. Would you like to write something similar for Karma Compass blog as part of Living Artist Project? I would love to collaborate with you. Let me know. Thanks for your sharing.

  41. Sikder Diamond

    November 18, 2017

    Kelsey, when i am reading this article; i just got 8kg over weight within last two month. Your lifestyle blog just make me inspired. Thanks Dear Blogger.

  42. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    November 18, 2017

    I’m so glad! Thanks for reading!

  43. Richard Bysouth

    December 27, 2017

    Interesting and very true! Although you missed running, I find running when travelling gives s unique perspective of everywhere I go and really let’s me get to know each place much more intimately then normal visiting would. It’s a win/win for health and exploration!

  44. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    December 27, 2017

    Yes, that’s also a great one!

  45. Just a Mama and her Son

    January 4, 2018

    I love it! Some amazing tips and tricks you got there ☺️

  46. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    January 4, 2018

    Thank you!😊

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