7 Simple Ways to Stay Fit While Traveling

Top travel tips from a successful CEO

It’s hard enough to keep up with a healthy diet and a consistent workout routine when you’re settled down in one place, right? So, when you’re in the air and on-the-go—worrying about hotel reservations, boarding passes and checked luggage—even just a short workout can seem unattainable.

Fitting exercise and healthy eating into a busy travel itinerary isn’t impossible, though. According to Arash Shirazi, a frequent flyer and CEO of The Bullitt Agency (an Electronic Dance Music talent agency with headquarters in Washington, DC and Barcelona), all it takes is a bit of balance, a few deep breaths and some planning.

Shirazi is a self-proclaimed fitness enthusiast who’s on-the-go and away from home more often than not, yet he still finds time to stay fit no matter where in the world he winds up. “Fitness is a priority for me,” says Shirazi. “I make it a commitment on my calendar.”

Whether you’re embarking on an adventurous getaway or boarding a plane for business, use these eight tips to stay energized, strong, and sane while you’re on-the-go.

1. Plan Ahead
Shirazi suggests choosing hotels with fitness facilities so that an area for exercise will be easily accessible. If he can’t find a hotel that has its own gym, he’ll do a search to make sure there are places to workout nearby before booking his room.

2. Make Friends
This especially applies to travelers who are planning repeat visits to certain cities. Shirazi makes a point of befriending trainers and instructors in the cities that he frequents so that he can schedule classes and appointments with them ahead of time.

3. Buy Beforehand
If you have the means to do so, buy class or session packages ahead of time that way you’re obligated to follow through with your workout. This is a strategy that Shirazi uses to help make fitness a priority rather than an option.

4. Meal Management
Yes, travelling opens up lots of decadent dining opportunities, but it shouldn’t be an excuse to indulge excessively. Shirazi stays on track by carrying healthy snacks and bringing his own food when possible.

5. Limit Alcohol
Shirazi says he lets himself indulge every now and then when out with clients abroad, but for the most part he avoids alcohol. “Enjoy it but practice moderation,” he explains.

6. Embrace Ayurveda
“It’s all about balance, not excess,” says Shirazi. He follows an “ayurvedic” approach to life, which encourages a dynamic balance between our environment and the mind, body and spirit. He says this helps him to maintain mindfulness and keep everything in moderation.

7. Surround Yourself with Fit Friends
This tip applies for times when you’re on-the-go but also when you’re at home. Shirazi credits the success of maintaining many of his healthy habits to being in the constant company of friends who also place a high value on health and fitness.