Moscow fitness & travel

Despite traveling 6 days last week, I managed to faithfully exercise. Part of being able to do this is anticipation.

  1. Before I choose my hotel, I always make sure there is a gym. This can be challenging in the small hotels in Europe, but in bigger cities in Asia or the Americas, I pick a big hotel chain and they always have  a gym.
  2. I always bring workout clothes, as well as some Woolite to hand wash, so I do not need to bring too many outfits. Some of the hotels I have stayed at actually loan you clothes / sneakers if needed. It might not be very hygienic, but in a pinch, it could work. The one I saw was sponsored by New Balance.
  3. The gym’s opening hours ? … always the first question I ask checking in, so I will be able to work fitness into my schedule.


I was in Moscow last week and happy I managed to fit in 3 great workouts :

  • Tuesday : 30 minutes elliptical + 30 minutes on the treadmill (4 km) After sitting on a plane for hours, I needed to move my body !
  • Wednesday : 45 minutes of upper body weights / abwork + 30 minutes on the treadmill, another 4 km mainly uphill
  • Thursday : one hour on the treadmill (run / walk / uphill) for 7,5 km




Great view while on the treadmill :



The gym was really small, but had all of the basic (but modern) equipment. I was really tempted to go run outside. I didn’t find there was major pollution but Moscow is BIG. And Confusing. Despite having a good sense of direction, I was quite worried about getting lost. The hotel boasts several running trails near by (you can see the path along the river here) :



… and even provides a map you can take with you.


I wasn’t feeling particularly adventurous, so I stuck with the gym.


Today I have a 10K race, which starts 10 minutes from where I live. Exicted because I didn’t get to do my race 2 weeks ago due to illness.

All ready to go :



Hoping the rain holds off !


How do you fit exercise into your schedule when you travel ? Are you adventurous to go and find running spots or do you prefer the gym ?


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Comments: 2

  1. Jennifer June 23, 2015 at 1:54 am Reply

    Great tips. Sometimes I Google running routes of the destination city so I have a route ahead of time.
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    • Karen - French Inspiration June 23, 2015 at 7:05 pm Reply

      I hadn’t thought about googling running routes but will definitely think about it in the future. I thought it was a great idea that the hotel propose something.

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