How To Stay Motivated To Work Out When You’re Away On Business

Let’s be honest, not all of us have the exercising mojo, all of the time.

A long day at work, rubbish weather or generally being in a funk can completely change our desire to blow away the cobwebs and give our body the attention it deserves. 

I’ve found it particularly difficult since I have been travelling each week for business. In some respects, it actually should feel much easier but for me not cooking at home, knowing exactly what is going into my meals and then being presented by heaps of delish options for breakfast, lunch and dinner make my eating habits much less healthy. I know I know first world problems and all but it would also be rude to not visit a new location and experience the local culture right?

Picture of a woman's back in gym kit as she looks out to sea

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It’s not so much what I eat which bothers me but the lack of exercise when I am away. However squeezing in an hour at the gym or going for a run is absolutely achievable, it’s all about the mindset. For the first time last week I used the hotel gym, it’s small but if you go at the right time you can manage to use the equipment you need. I only did a quick 30-minute run but how I felt afterwards is what is important. I felt energised, as though I had released a heap of tension and set myself up for a good nights sleep. I also chose a healthier option for dinner so this is going to be a regular occurrence for me when I’m away.

If you’re like me and found it hard to get going, here are some tips to help you be more prepared and to find that mojo!

Picture of spinning bikes in the gym

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Before you go, see if your hotel has a gym, check out its opening and closing times so you can figure out when would be the best time for you to work out. If it has a sauna then you can end your session with a bit of a pamper!


If you have more time and fancy a particular form of exercise, look in the local area to see if they have any classes. You may be able to sneak one in before you head to the office.


Whether your hotel has amenities or not, you can still throw on some trainers and head out for a walk. Use it as an excuse to explore the area, walk to the chosen restaurant for dinner instead of grabbing a cab. Every little helps and the fresh air will work wonders.


Pack the right stuff! Whether it be your yoga mat or favourite running shoes, make sure you take enough workout gear, having the right mindset and intentions helps to keep you focused.


Set yourself some goals and decide which days you will work out and at what times. Once you have it set in your mind it can help to make sure you don’t deviate from it and just think of how awesome you will feel afterwards!

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I hope this helps anyone stuck in a rut and have lost the fitness mojo when travelling, good luck and let me know how you get on!

If you have any more tips on how to keep that fitness mojo going I would love to hear about them in the comments below!

N x

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  1. November 8, 2017 / 10:02 pm

    Are you used to travelling between two different time zones? Whenever I go away – business or pleasure, I really struggle to actually exercise. But I love walking and exploring. I used to power walk for 2 hours a day and it felt amazing. xxxx

    • niccimcshane
      November 9, 2017 / 6:08 am

      Ah yes it can be really tough to exercise I totally agree! I love walking so sometimes it’s literally the case of throwing on the trainers and going for a quick exploration! Even if it’s at lunch or on the way back to the hotel after work. On holiday I find it easier because I choose to walk everywhere so that’s great but business is a bit harder I think xxx

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