If you have a job (or lifestyle) that requires you to be on the road a lot, you may find it a bit challenging to find time to fit your normal workout in amidst the meetings, conferences, or extra long days at a client site. Or if you plan to travel for the holidays, there really is no reason NOT to exercise, but there is every reason to change your routine. Changing up from the norm is sometimes just what your body needs to get out of the dull routine you are used to, and you might find something new that captures your interest enough to try it at home. Here are a few tips to help you stay on track when you are on the road:
1. Take your equipment with you. Obviously not your treadmill, but exercise bands, a mat and a jumprope can fit very well into your suitcase and won’t add much weight. You can do push ups, sit ups, core moves and stretches on your mat and get some cardio in with your jumprope. The exercise bands are good for strength training every major muscle group in your body and are good for any fitness level. NO EXCUSES!!!
2. Purposely book your accommodations at a hotel with a gym. It is rather unusual for even your run of the mill hotel to not have a gym now-a-days, so there really is no reason to go without one. Granted, they may not have the most up to date equipment, but they still serve the purpose of keeping your body on track with exercise, right? Even if the treadmill doesn’t have all the bells and whistles you are used to and even if the elliptical machine doesn’t have programmable options, you can still get your workout on. Don’t complain, just burn calories!
3. Check out the options available on the tube. Most hotels have cable and most cable companies offer some sort of fitness channel(s). Obviously you won’t have tons of space to work with since the bed and the bathroom are just a few feet from the coffee maker, but nevertheless, you can still get it done.
Some hotels provide “fitness kits” for yoga, strength training, or Pilates. At Westin hotels, you can tune the TV to a yoga channel. Some hotels, like Don Shula’s Hotel in Florida, even have a fitness concierge who creates workshops and exercise classes for guests. If not, don’t let it stop you…create your own exercise routine!
4. Stuck at the airport? Delayed flights are opportunities! Take this time to take a brisk walk through the terminal. Wearing comfortable shoes will help you on your walk and prevent any ankle or knee problems. Most major terminals have plenty of long hallways, so no time to waste, start walking!