7 Latinas Share Their Favorite Tips for Working Out When Traveling

Keeping up with fitness routines can be tough — especially when traveling. We talked to health and fitness fanatics to get their tips and tricks on staying healthy from the hotel room. Yes, it's possible.

1. Dr. Helen Troncoso, FitFluential Ambassador and CEO & Founder of Reinventing You, LLC

What's a favorite fitness destination for you?

My favorite fitness destination is not one that many people might think of — it's Paris! Everywhere I looked I saw Parisians exercising. Whether they were taking a leisurely stroll, or running along the Seine River, or participating in an outdoor fitness class, they always kept themselves moving.

Besides being so beautiful it will literally take your breath away, you will notice right away that the French eat really well! They also eat many of the foods we have been told many times are not healthy like carbs, butter and different sauces. What I also noticed is that not too many people are overweight. In fact, many of the Parisians were quite fit and trim. Although they eat well, they eat much smaller portions and they walk or bike everywhere. Using the stairs is a way of life. It's my favorite city because while you are out living life and exploring the city, you're also getting a good workout.

How do you workout when traveling?

It can be hard to get to a gym if your hotel doesn't have one, or if you've been out sightseeing or trapped in business meetings all day, and then exhausted by the time you get back in the evening. I always try to do a short full-body, 10 or 15 minute exercise routine before I even take a shower right in my hotel room. I do a series of push-ups, burpees, lunges, jumping jacks and crunches. Most hotel rooms will have a small desk with a chair, and I'll push the chair against a wall and do step-ups and tricep dips.


2. Linda Gonzales, lululemon Ambassador

What's a favorite fitness destination for you?

Waikiki Beach, I love running to Diamond Head every morning and then along the canal on my way back to the hotel.

The weather and scenery and the courses are flat and hilly too.  The incline towards Diamond Head is a great workout.

How do you workout when traveling?

When I travel I make sure it is close to great scenery that will include running along the ocean or scenic area. It also has to be around a place where others seek the same energy, whether it is the Dana Point Harbor or on the boardwalk. Best gym at a hotel that can't be beat is the Montage in Laguna Beach!


3. Michelle Rivas, TheHealthyLatina.com Blogger

What's a favorite fitness destination for you?

One of my favorite fitness destinations is Sedona, Arizona. The gorgeous red rocks are perfect for hiking, trail running and bouldering if you're feeling up to it (safely of course). 

The sunrises and sunsets are breathtaking and the entire area is so serene. There's a special feeling of gratitude when you're presented with this kind of beauty. It's good for the body and for the soul. 

How do you workout when traveling?

When I travel, I have to plan things out in advance, i.e. bringing workout clothes and shoes, otherwise it is hard to stay motivated. Getting up earlier in the morning is my go-to so there is time to exercise before getting caught up in the day. My last trip was to Hawaii and I jogged along the beach or walked with my family in the mornings. It was one of the most gorgeous places I have ever been and the Island culture embraces being in the outdoors and appreciating nature. We also took a long hike on the road to Hana and swam in a waterfall pool. When you incorporate exercise activities into the trip, you're more likely to look forward to it and avoid gaining the "vacation weight." Additionally, we went zip-lining which was far more intense than I thought it would be! 


4. Carmen Melgoza, LatinoFitClub.com Blogger

What's a favorite fitness destination for you? 

I recently started training for the Nike Women half marathon and I decided to try different places for my training. I always heard that Manhattan Beach had a cool running/bike trail so I decided to explore the area. Manhattan Beach is about 15 minutes from LAX (Los Angeles Airport). I definitely fell in love with this place, in which I can now say is my favorite running spot.

The view at this spot is amazing. On one side you have the ocean, and on the other side there are beautiful houses. This place inspires you and gives you the energy to keep running. Not only do the views make it special, but also the environment, people, and of course the weather is just perfect. The running/bike trail from Manhattan to Hermosa Beach is about 8 miles, and it makes it perfect not only for running because of the ocean breeze, but also perfect for any type of fitness activities.

How do you workout when traveling?

When I go out of town I take my running shoes. I think the best way to get a great workout and explore the city a little bit is by running around the area where you stay. You get a great workout and you always find cool spots that you can visit if you return.


5. Johana Hernandez, fashion designer and Nike Influencer

What's a favorite fitness destination for you?

San Francisco! I recently completed my first half marathon with Nike Woman and it was a beautiful course. Thirteen miles through the city and hills, passing the Golden Gate Bridge and through the hills and forest was just gorgeous!

It was like taking a tour in San Francisco, but running it with 25,000 woman I love that we got to see a little of everything city, forest, harbor.

How do you workout when traveling?

I travel a lot, mainly to Asia and four times a year to China! Hong Kong and Shanghai, mainly. I enjoy running and swimming every time I arrive to a new hotel, and I always check out their gym hotel. Asia has amazing pool and gyms always looking over sky views! My favorite to swim has been in Harbor Plaza in Kowloon, Hong Kong. The pool looks over the harbor and is a roof top pool. It looks like an aquarium since people could see you swimming from below! When I travel to tropical countries like El Salvador I love running at the beach and in the jungle. The jungle is the best, and I love getting lost and finding amazing views! 


6. Lynda Trujilo, HitTheRoadJane.com Blogger

What's a favorite fitness destination for you?

New York City!

NYC has a phenomenal array of fitness options that cater to every fitness personality! It has the hottest classes such as soul cycle, the bar method, and free outdoor yoga. But you can also choose to stroll, run, bike, or roller skate dance (yes it's a thing and is so much fun) in the beautiful expanse of Central Park. 

How do you workout when traveling? 

I usually try to go for a run because it is the best way to sightsee and feel like one of the locals. I'm a big believer in feeling at home wherever you are in the world and running helps me connect to my surroundings. I've also taken local dance classes abroad such as modern and ballet despite the language barrier because learning how to move your body can be completely non-verbal and thus a non-issue if you just watch the instructor.

 


7. Cristina Ramirez, TriathlonMami.com Blogger and FitFluential Ambassador

What's a favorite fitness destination for you?

My favorite fitness destination was a complete surprise: a small town in Northern Portugal called Caminha. It is located on banks of the Rio Minho, which separates Spain (Galicia) from Portugal. I was going to spend four weeks there with my family but had to train for Ironman Florida. I wasn't sure how that was going to work so I emailed the local rowing club who put me in touch with a local triathlon club.  Not only was there a rich sports culture, but a half ironman race being held for the first time at that town two weeks into my stay.  I met the race organizers and began training with them. 

The Rio Minho, though freezing by my standards, was pristine and a joy to swim in. The Serra D'Arga provided the most challenging climbs I have ever been on a bike (18 - 21% grades), beautiful sceneries, and interesting challenges ... such as goats who only move out about five seconds before you reach them! The town has a boardwalk that connects it to its neighbors and provide yet another scenic running ground. This time however, the Rio Minho meets the ocean so you start running from Caminha on the river bank, but then turn onto a rough Galician ocean for the rest of the view.

How do you workout when traveling?

One of the things I love the most is to travel and have done so extensively. In fact, my family and I leave mid November to Arizona on a "racecation."  I will compete in Ironman, and then we are taking the whole week to travel around the desert.  I can't wait! Since I'm a triathlete I still need to swim, bike, and run when I travel. I hate the gym, and am not a member anywhere but when I travel sometimes I am confined to them for the bike and swim. However, I try to find a local gym instead of the hotel one and get myself to a spinning class so that at least I get a flavor of what the locals do. If safe, I go out for a run, and since I lack a sense of direction I sometimes take pictures of landmarks so I can remember my way back.  Slows you just a second or two, but saves you miles from getting lost.