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Overcome the Top 5 Excuses for Not Exercising during Travel

One of the biggest challenges I hear from business travelers is how difficult it is to maintain a travel workout. Long work days and nights, late dinners and early breakfast meetings, and exhaustion from being on the road can make getting to the gym last priority. Unfortunately, the more often we make excuses, the easier it is to fall into a continual rut of not exercising…ever.

Knowing how to get motivated to exercise and overcome even the most common and legitimate excuses is key. Here are some of the most common excuses and what to do about them:

1. The Hotel Gym Stinks: Although this excuse was a serious concern for years, we are seeing more and more hotel chains upgrading their hotel fitness centers. Ten years ago, you’d be lucky if a treadmill and stationary bike was squeezed into an extra closet. That said, if your hotel fitness center legitimately is sub-par, you still have options.

How to Get Motivated to Exercise:

  • Look into local gyms in the area that may be better equipped and provide better ambiance than your hotel fitness center.
  • Pack a workout DVD (or 2 or 3) or in-room equipment, like the TRX Suspension Training System for a hotel room workout.
  • Go for a walk or run in your hotel’s area. A great resource to map your route is

2. It’s too Late: Granted, long work hours and late night dinners can put a crimp in anyone’s travel workout, but planning ahead should help to eliminate this excuse.

How to Get Motivated to Exercise: If your days go long, never leave exercise for the evening, especially when traveling. You’ll always find reasons to postpone the workout and inevitably, it WILL be too late. Further, the benefits of exercising in the morning go way beyond avoiding this excuse.

3. It’s too Early and I’m too Tired: Early morning meetings and long work days can quickly add up to not enough sleep. And so, the thought of keeping to your travel workout can seem outright painful.

How to Get Motivated to Exercise: When the alarm clock goes off and you don’t feel like getting out of bed, remember the following:

  • One of the best benefits of exercising in the morning is that it helps you to wake up and feel energized more quickly.
  • Sticking with a travel workout will improve sleep patterns, overall mood and energy levels throughout your trip.
  • Working out consistently improves regularity and reduces incontinence, which can actually contribute to a feeling of sluggishness and being tired.

4. I Don’t Have Enough Time: This is one of the most used, yet worst excuses.  If you legitimately want to maintain a travel workout, then you have to make time.  If you don’t prioritize it, you will never have enough time for it.

How to Get Motivated to Exercise:

  • Schedule in fitness as if it is a an appointment. Block off that time and don’t let anything get in the way. If you usually go to the gym in the morning and a breakfast meeting comes up, then shift your “fitness appointment” to an earlier time or during lunch. Once you get used to making time, it will become second nature.
  • Ask a colleague to act as a fitness partner. Schedule a time to meet in the hotel fitness center. This will keep you accountable for showing.

5. I Feel Sick: A cold, allergies, or a headache shouldn’t stop you from breaking a sweat.  Unless you are running a fever or seriously nauseous, maintaining your travel workout shouldn’t hurt you.

How to Get Motivated to Exercise: Remind yourself that one of the benefits of exercising is that it can help you to sweat out toxins that may contribute to the most common ailments, including: hangovers and colds. Thus, you may actually feel better after exercising.

Do any of these excuses sound familiar? What do you do to maintain your travel workout?

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