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3 Ways to Stay Motivated to Workout While Traveling

3 Ways to Stay Motivated to Workout While Traveling

Motivation to workout is critical when you have little time and energy. These tips will help you stay motivated while you travel.


As tough as it is to find the time to workout while traveling, it's not the only thing stopping many travelers from getting their exercise. Staying motivated is at the top of the list of the most common reasons travelers give for skipping workouts while on the road. It's not much of a surprise. Long days and full itineraries leave many of us looking for an excuse to do anything but workout first thing in the morning or at the end of the day. Finding a few minutes each day to work up a sweat while traveling will have a tremendously valuable impact on your health. 

Here are three tips that you can use to stay motivated to workout while traveling.

1. Remember Why You Started

Keep in mind those moments that pushed you to start eating healthy and exercising. We've all had a time where we hated how we looked or felt and decided that things were going to change. As we progress on our journey to better health, it's easy to lose sight of why you started in the first place. Don't let that happen. You don't want to stop and find yourself in the same position weeks or months down the road, having to start all over again. Consistency is key when it comes to meeting fitness goals. Start strong, develop good daily habits and routines, stick to the goals you have set for yourself and make fitness a part of your lifestyle.

2. Consider the Consequences

If you don't exercise, you have a much higher risk of sickness, disease, chronic injury and early death. Just knowing that is enough to make me exercise daily so why don't more of us stick to our fitness routines? I have personally seen too many examples of friends and relatives getting sick and dying far too young. The one common trait they almost all share is that they did not exercise. Keep the consequences in mind and your perspective on the importance of exercise will change. Invest in your future health with just a few minutes each day now and think about the priceless return you'll get later.

3. Make it Fun

Fitness should be fun. Many of us dread exercise but why exactly? Just because it's uncomfortable for a short period of time? It's these moments that make us stronger both physically and mentally. There's something to enjoy about the feeling of becoming a tougher person. Physically exerting yourself should feel rewarding. You're lucky to have a body to test limits and push boundaries. Use it.

If you're searching for other ways to make fitness fun, here are a few ideas:

  1. Set challenges for yourself.
  2. Workout with a friend.
  3. Listen to music, podcasts or audiobooks.
  4. Buy workout clothes that you love.
  5. Give yourself rewards for meeting goals.

The Bottom Line

The point of exercise should be to get stronger and healthier. Get comfortable being uncomfortable. Work up a sweat. Make fitness a part of your daily routine while traveling and at home. Keep in mind the reason you started exercising in the first place, remember the consequences of not working out and find ways to make it enjoyable. The most important thing is finding what works best for you and sticking with it. With just these three tips, you will find yourself with a new perspective on fitness.

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