5 Tips for Working Out on the Road

Another conference day, another cool display with liquid nitrogen. Sunday they had dried fruit, yesterday there was lime mojito ice cream. I’m told to expect creamsicles today. Can’t wait!

lime mojito ice cream


Apparently, you make the base of the ice cream the same as normal and then add the liquid nitrogen to the mixer and it basically freezes instantly. Check out the video. I’m not sure why there is no sound, but you’re not missing anything no one was talking anyway.

They also had a watermelon juice shot with little gel balls made from currant juice. I don’t remember the proper term for the balls but there was some funky science involved in those too. They put the watermelon juice in a shot glass and then a spoonful of the currant balls. You were supposed to drink the juice and then break the currant balls on the roof of your mouth and they would “pop”. It reminded me of Gushers when I was a kid. Anyone else remember those things?

watermelon shots

This is my man Peter with the watermelon shot. He’s from NY with a great Brooklyn accent and each day he’s been super excited to tell me about the new creation they have and getting me to try it. I’m an easy sell, this stuff beats standing at a booth any day! Peter works at NYU, so if there are any NYU’ers out there go say hi to Peter on campus.

After the fun with the ice cream and watermelon I decided to get outside for a workout. I didn’t want to run because I‘d done that 3 days in a row already and wanted fresh legs for the race this morning so I went for a 3.5 mile walk instead. I actually ended up walking along the bay which happened to be the same route as the 5K this morning. It was a gorgeous walk and reminded me a lot of the Palm Beach half marathon course. The water on one side and beautiful mansions on the other.


Tampa bayshore blvd

I wore my Garmin because I was curious how far I was going and what my normal walking pace actually is. Turns out I’m pretty consistent. My mile splits were 16:56, 16:57 and 17:01.  Apparently, I walk almost exactly half as fast as I run. Interesting to know!

When I got back to the hotel I did almost 20 minutes on the elliptical and called it a day. The hotel gym is small. It’s a huge hotel with 20 floors yet the gym is barely bigger than my walk in closet at home. After 2 days in there, 20 minutes on the elliptical was all I could handle.

I’ve gotten a few questions about working out on the road so I thought I’d compile some of my best tips.

5 Tips for Working Out on the Road:

1. Know the area you’re traveling to. Are there safe outdoor roads, trails, parks you can walk/run on? If so, I always try to take my workout outdoors. It’s a great way to explore a new town or city and make the workout more enjoyable/interesting.

2. Research the hotel amenities and plan ahead. I knew the hotel gym was not going to have all the equipment I needed for my NROLFW workouts so I made sure to get that in before I left so it wouldn’t be 5 days without strength training. Basically, adjust your weekly workout to accommodate what you have available to you when traveling.

3. Charge & pack all your gadgets Make working out on the road the same as it would be at home. Run with music? Make sure you bring your ipod and earphones. If I forget my Garmin or iPod I tend to make excuses about why I should just skip the workout.

4. Don’t sit on the bed! Ok, this one may just be me but, some of those hotel beds are comfy! If I come back to my room after a long work day and sit on the bed for a minute to relax, I’ll never go workout. I change immediately upon getting back to the room to increase the likelihood of actually working out.

5. Give yourself 20 minutes I do this at home sometimes too. If I’m not feeling a workout too much I’ll tell myself to just go do 20 minutes. Whatever exercise I want, just do 20 minutes and if I don’t want to continue after that I don’t have to. I’d say about 85% of the time once I get going I end up staying almost double that time. The other 15% usually means I need a rest day any way and I’m happy to oblige.

As this publishes, I’ll be running the 5K (hopefully with a chip!). Back tomorrow with results and creamsicles!


What are your best tips for working out while traveling?


  1. thehealthyapron

    I love all your tips! I am always one to work out while away! I typically make sure that the hotel has a work out facility and even if it’s just 20 minutes on the elipptical…it’s better than nothing! We also keep VERY active when we’re on vacation; hiking, biking, walking, running, etc. Our focus is less about the food and more about the adventure!

  2. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg

    When we travel, I always just try to do SOMETHING. I don’t beat myself up if I can’t do a full-on, full-blast workout– sometimes a two mile walk will have to do, and hey– that’s better than nothing!

  3. kari @ Running Ricig

    I seriously need to go to some better conferences. That one looks completely ridiculous.

    When I travel I get up early to workout because I know I’m going to be pulled into stuff at night, like dinner out or working at the hotel. If I get it done before people are awake, no one can complain about me not being there for other stuff. It was super easy when I went to Portland for three days. I just didn’t really let myself adjust to the time change so I was up at 5 every morning.

  4. Yolie Prebble

    I love these tips, thank you for posting them! :-) When we travel for holidays we are normally very active, with hiking, walking, biking, swimming etc, but for other trips, I always:
    1. Download my favourite yoga classes (CDs or DVDs onto my Ipod and onto my laptop, so I can practice with them whenever I want)
    2. Pack a yoga mat and resistance bands. (The former for yoga, the latter for strength work!)
    3. Cut out workouts from Oxygen or another fitness magazine that require no equipment other than body weight and/or resistance bands, which I can do wherever we are staying.
    Your walking route looks absolutely BEAUTIFUL! What a gorgeous place to be staying <3 xyx

  5. Cait's Plate

    Oh my gosh it’s absolutely beautiful there! I’m super jealous!!

    And I couldn’t agree more with your tips – I would also add “explore on foot” – it’s the best way to see a new place PLUS you get exercise :)

  6. Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers

    Heck Yea, I remember Gushers! Loved those things. Thanks for the tips. I especially like the “20 minutes” one. I’m already good about planning ahead, but sometimes it’s the motivation part that gets the best of me.

  7. Girl in the pink

    I always try to do something outdoors and fun, depending on where I am.. Kayaking, hiking, exploring, swimming, etc… I don’t usually spend anytime in the gym! Except in Vegas – they always have nice gyms, it’s too hot to run outside and I always have a lot to run off lol

  8. Hayley @ Oat Couture

    Great tips! I would say I use all of them ESPECIALLY the ‘don’t sit on the bed’ one and the ‘give yourself 20 minutes’ one. Although I’m always quite motivated when traveling, especially if the hotel has a gym as I don’t normally train in a gym on my own much anymore. Plus I always seem to have really good workouts in hotel gyms?! Strange but true! :)

  9. Alexis @ Lex & Learn

    Wonderful tips. Unlike many people who commented, I use traveling (for work or pleasure) as a full escape from my workout commitments. However, I am traveling nearly every week for work in August and don’t want to fall of the wagon completely. Thank you!

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      interesting! If I didn’t travel as much as I do for work, I’d consider that strategy too :)


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