How to Work Out on the Road This Holiday Season

No gym? No problem. Here are 7 workouts you can do on the fly.

On the road this holiday season? You still have time to work out. (Guille Faingold/Stocksy)
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The holidays can be hard on your fitness. We’ve rounded up some of our best travel-friendly workouts and tips, so you can get your heart rate up anywhere—even at grandma’s house. 

Minimalist’s Strength Workout

If you’re willing to buy a kettlebell, some dumbbells, and a pull-up bar, you don’t even need to leave your home to do this minimalist workout. (Erin Wilson)

These five simple moves hit the four major movement patterns you use when you’re getting after it in the outdoors: push, pull, squat, and hinge. The workout takes about 30 to 45 minutes and calls for just a few pieces of equipment: midweight dumbells or kettlebells and a pull-up bar.

15-Minute Bodyweight Workout

All you need to give your workout a boost is an extra 15 minutes of bodyweight exercises. (Danil Nevsky/Stocksy)

If you’re tight on time, try this explosive 15-minute bodyweight routine to get your heart racing and build strength. These 15 moves train your muscles to generate power quickly and efficiently, which translates to speed in sports like running, biking, and cross-country skiing.

Laird Hamilton’s Travel Workout 

Treat your traveling body right with these stress-relieving stretches. (Sam Jones/Trunk Archive)

Surfer Laird Hamilton advocates for a stretching and breath-work routine to counterbalance the stress of traveling and spending long hours on a plane. His five-step stretching sequence is straightforward and easy to do anywhere with a bit of floor space.

The Ultimate Full-Body Resistance-Band Workout

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Your new (cheap) workout buddy: the resistance band. (Emily Reed)

Resistance bands are cheap, versatile, and travel well. Even if you lift weights regularly, resistance training offers a challenging full-body workout that targets less used muscles and comprehensive core strength.

The Most Underrated Endurance Workout? Hiking.

A walk in the woods is a superb way to build endurance and strength. (lzf/iStock)

Turn your workout into a family outing and take a hike. Spending time outside—whether you’re scaling a mountain or taking a walk in the park—is proven to reduce stress levels. And no matter your pace, hiking is one of the best workouts out there for endurance.

Cross-Train for Skiing with Low-Impact Stabilizer Training

Skiing is a dance. Train like it. (Jeff Engerbretson)

The best part about this dance-inspired workout is you can do it just about anywhere. Professional skier and former ballerina Amie Engerbretson shares five bodyweight exercises that build strength in the stabilizer muscles and the core. Pop on your headphones, take a break from the holiday madness, and hone in on your balance and coordination for the ski season.

30-Minute Swim, Run, Cycle, and Bodyweight Workouts

You don't have to get this intense to stay fit this holiday season. (Scott Rosenfield)

If your holiday schedule leaves you no time for endurance training, check out these high-intensity interval workouts. If you don’t have access to a road bike or a pool, opt for a run or a strength and flexibility workout. 

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