Staying healthy on the road takes planning, but it is worth it when you don’t feel guilty about indulging in the local cuisine. Here are some tips for staying fit while on the road:
Pack Workout Gear
Simple shorts, T-shirt, sneakers and you are ready to go. Having them with you will be a good reminder to take the time to use them. If you forget your gear, give a call to your travel agent who can direct you to a place you can purchase replacements, or can let you know if your hotel has something you can borrow.
Take Advantage of Natural Fitness
Really pressed for time? Just make sure that when you are going somewhere, you make your body work as hard as it can. How?
- Take the stairs.
- Walk everywhere.
- Stand rather than sit.
- Squeeze your abs and glutes while walking or sitting.
Plan Short Workouts
The worst workout is no workout, so don’t worry about whether you keep to the same schedule as you do at home, just make sure you get some exercise in every day, even if it is just a short run or yoga in your room. In fact, it is a good idea to plan ahead to have some short workout routines you like. You might even want to make sure your travel management company includes fitness rooms in the list of things you want when booking a hotel.
Try the Park
Or take the suggestion of traveler Nomadic Matt, who suggests that travelers find a park to do his quick exercise program of 3 sets each of:
- Bodyweight squats
- Reverse crunches
- Backpack lifts
Don’t want to do a full workout? Do some crunches in a green space or sprint up some steps. Maybe try some jumping jacks or burpees. Matt notes that he’s done pull-ups on branches and lunges practically anywhere. Not sure where a park is at your location? Ask the concierge at the hotel, or you can have your business travel agent include directions to parks or green spaces in your travel information.
Explore the City
Feel short on time? Combine a chance to explore the city or countryside while also getting a workout. Don’t underestimate the power walk. Explore the area around your hotel on a lunch break. Power down the street to bump up your heart level.
When you are on an airplane, skip the coffee, colas and fruit juices that won’t hydrate you and add on empty calories. Instead, drink:
- Green tea
- Tomato juice.
It doesn’t hurt to carry your own bags of tea with you and to pack along your own refillable water bottle. You’ll have to empty it when going through security but you can always refill it afterward.
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