Keeping Fit While you Travel: 6 Sites you Need to Know About!

Fit Travel Tips- Brooke Saward
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Keeping fit while you travel has never been an easy feat, but these 6 sites might just change your approach to a fitness routine whilst abroad.

The craziness of the digital world never ceases to amaze me and I dare say there’s an ounce of truth in saying “there’s nothing you can’t do online” nowadays. But rather than fight it, I’m all for it! As someone who travels more often than they are at home, I’m always looking out for new sites, apps, and tools to make life on the road a whole lot easier.

ButΒ one thing I have struggled with over the past couple of years is staying fit whilst on the road… butΒ over time I have found some fantastic sites that make this easier than ever… and oh so much fun! Here are my fave ways to keep fit when you travel (without hitting up those tiny hotel gyms)!

Ballet Beautiful

1. Ballet Beautiful

This is without a doubt my favourite way to keep fit on the road. Ballet beautiful was created by Ballerina Mary Hellen Bowers to help you keep fit indoors. The site has two main options: streaming (pay per video access) or to become a member (access to all videos for duration of membership). Videos are usually around 10 minutes in length and range from cardio through to strength techniques… but best of all, its a lot of fun!

2. Kayla Itsines’ Bikini Body Training Guide

If you own an Instagram account, chances are that by now you would have heard of Kayla Itsines – aka the Queen of fitspo on social media. For a once off fee of $69.97, you can download the digital Ebook of Kayla’s bikini body plan. I have the plan and have given it a try, but being a visual person who needs a little encouragement (okay, a lot), I have personally had a higher success rate with Ballet Beautiful and some of the further options below.

3. Youtube for Free Fitness

The pages and products mentioned in this post are great, but sometimes there’s just nothing that beats a freebie! Head on over to Youtube and search just about anything from “Yoga for beginners” to “How to plank for longer” and you’ll be on your way to fitness in no time! The best idea to stay motivated is to subscribe to your favourite channels and aim to keep up with their courses 1-3 days per week.

4. Couch to 5k

One of the easiest and most obvious ways to get fit is to run – it’s free and relatively straight forward – that is, until you start! Starting to run (well) is one of the hardest challenges if you haven’t always been a runner (like me), so a great program to get you going is “Couch to 5k”. Best of all, it’s an app!

5. 12wbt

12WBT stands for “12 Week Body Transformation”, a program designed by AustralianΒ The Biggest LoserΒ coach Michelle Bridges, and is one of the most tried and tested programs on the internet. While this program has more of a focus on transforming your body rather than maintaining fitness, it is a great option for those looking to take a serious turn towards being fab & fit!

6. My Spring Day

If you’re after a membership plan that will almost certainly keep you on track, “My Spring Day” offer exercise programs for all levels, as well as eating plans and a wellbeing monitor – the prefect all-rounder.


Over to you! How do you like to keep fit on the road!? Any sites we haven’t heard of yet?

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    The Guy Who Flies
    September 11, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    Nice selection of ideas.

    Couch to 5k is a good idea although when I recently looked at it I found that it was a paid for app. Which is fair enough but I’ve found numerous free running plans online. (I’ve begun running so it helps me)

    The online world really is amazing. YouTube, Pinterest and so much more have a lot to offer. I think a site is called Pop Sugar that I’ve used a few times.

    I have also taken workout DVDs with me when travelling which are great for in hotel room workouts, especially if the hotel internet connection is lousy.

    I find hotel gyms to be real hit and miss affairs so can’t always be relied upon.

    Thanks for these suggestions.

    P.S. Is that you doing the handstand in the top photo?

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    August 25, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    Another great (free) youtube fitness instructor, is Cassey Ho from Blogilates!! Every month she design a new workout plan for that month. It’s really fun to do and it only takes around 1 hour! There is also a app of Blogilates, where you can find a community who will suppord and help you through your journey! I highly recommed Blogilates!!

    Christina -
    August 24, 2015 at 3:10 am

    Thanks for the tip! I’m usually all youtube – so much diversity going on there πŸ™‚

    Sara Binde
    August 21, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    Awesome list!

    I recently wrote a 3-part series on how to keep healthy while travelling. Homeless for a Month: How to eat healthfully with just the pack on your back

    It can sometimes be tough, but definitely doable to stay healthy on the road.

    August 21, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    I like the Emily Skye website! She has a plan similar to Kayla Itsines, but there are also heaps of short videos with quick workout routines.

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    August 21, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    These are great tips! I’m always so excited to work out when all hotels offer ‘fully equipped gyms/fitness suites’, but I’m always left disappointed at their size and equipment! Will definitely download a couple of these for my next journey! πŸ™‚

    August 21, 2015 at 4:45 am

    Great tips!

    Cody Fitness App is another great resource. The app itself is free, and you can purchase some really great fitness programs through them and get lifetime access!

    I love the yoga programs available there, but they have everything – weightlifting to ballet.

    JJ Berman
    August 21, 2015 at 2:51 am

    These are great resources! I would also add PopSugar Fitness videos. They are also around 10 minutes in length and are free!

    Melissa at
    August 21, 2015 at 1:54 am

    It’s very rare that someone creates a list post like this with so many things I haven’t heard of. Totally gonna give Ballet Beautiful a try.

    I do a lot of online yoga. I switch between YouTube, GaiamTV (which is my fave for their huge selection and Yoogaia.

    Yoogaia is actually awesome because the instructor can actually see you… Brady Bunch intro style. So it’s like a group class in your living room live. So awesome.

    Here’s a free 14 day trial:

    I’m not affiliated with them at all. Just singing their praises and hoping they’ll grow.

    Claire @ TallGirlBigWorld
    August 21, 2015 at 12:58 am

    YouTube is amazing when it comes to work out videos on the go. I think a few people have mentioned Blogilates, but that’s my favorite. Another tip I’d add to your list is to just cut back on the amount of public transportation you’re using. You’d be surprised at how much you can walk in one day! Just save the bus or metro for the end of the day when you’re really tired.

    August 20, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    Realyy Nice and Informative post thanks for sharing it. I appriciate your great effort to create such articles

    Amanda | Chasing My Sunshine
    August 20, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    I can’t thank you enough for this post! I am in school for my Masters in an exercise-related field, but travel is one of my biggest passions. There IS a way to combine the two and make sure we all stay healthy on the road. You rock!

    August 20, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    I find it so important to take care of your health while traveling! It’s so difficult though – even though we generally walk a lot while we go sightseeing, we also generally eat crap, forget to drink water and don’t exercise anyways. I mean, just walking won’t cut it!

    Chanoa Chen
    August 20, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    I also love Fitness Blender – I’ve always been in shape thankfully but the cardio kickboxing workouts gave my arms, legs and abs a level of toning I’ve never seen after months of other workouts in just a few weeks!

    Also, my favorite is Ellen Barrett for pilates/yoga blend workouts. You can pay for full access to a video for a year. She is also incredibly inspiring.

    Leonie Parker
    August 20, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    Thanks for the post. Really need some good tips. I put on 2 stone last time I went travelling so defiantly don’t want that to happen again.

    Leonie β™₯ Lo On The Go

    Allison @ Head Elsewhere
    August 20, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    I also love blogilates like Susanna mentioned in her comment. Fitness blender and PopSugar also have awesome videos of various length available for free as well!

    jill charpia
    August 20, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    Good Evening. Thanks so much for sharing! These are certainly great ideas. As a personal trainer myself, I’d like to add in just a few simple tips. For those on the go, the biggest thing to look at would be at what is in your own surroundings. While ab exercises can always be done on the floor, you could look at the heavy items you have in the room to use as weights. If you have a kitchenette, you can always grab a gallon or 2 of water and complete bicep curls, tricep extensions, or just plain ole lifting them from waist to shoulder level. If those things are too heavy, try a half gallon or even a canned food or bottled water. You can also use a chair or bench in the room to dip, conduct push-ups or a wall to complete chair sits or wall assist push-ups. With a little ingenuity there are so many things you can do without the traditional workings of a gym. Have a great time on your travels!

    Jill Charpia

    August 20, 2015 at 10:19 am

    My favorite stop for quick but effective workouts is blogilates channel on youtube. You can get a great workout and all her videos are completely free to access! Also, PopPilates has great easy videos. And Denise Austin has quite a few easier full body workouts posted online as well.

    Veronique Price
    August 20, 2015 at 10:13 am

    Great tips! I personally never look past discovering my new surroundings with my running shoes on! No matter where I am, I set off without a map or a plan – just some tunes and a sense of adventure. You find the most amazing places and have some truly memorable experiences when you just explore! Not only do the fascinating surrounding keep you far from bored, but you also centre yourself in your new home and get a real feel for the place (not as a tourist)! It keeps me motivated because I always want to venture in a new direction. On days when the weather is a bit meh or I don’t have the time for a run – I do some quick youtube HIIT workouts πŸ™‚ You can do them anywhere, anytime!!
    Another awesome post – looking forward to seeing your vlogs from around Quebec! <3 <3