Staying fit while traveling can be difficult. Here are 6 simple tips to help stay active while you're away from home.
Make a Game Plan -Make simple preparations. Try to pack gym clothes at the top of your suitcase to keep exercise as your first thought. Try to maintain normal meal times. Try to take advantage of Request Upon Arrival hotel services to preorder healthy meals.
Walk a New Route Each Day- Rather than walking in a hotel gym, take in the pulse of the city by creating time in your schedule for 30-minute morning walks. Try to ask the concierge for a free city map, suggestions for safe routes, and directions to noteworthy sites. Mapmywalk.com can help you with tracking your progress.
Move to Music- Listening to fast-tempo music that you enjoy can help you work out harder. Dancing at a nightclub is a great way to get exercise and enjoy your stay. Ask your concierge for a list of local hot spots to help work up a sweat.
Have No Shame- Joe Ballstaedt, CEO of Resorts West, says he takes advantage of opportunities to exercise whenever possible, even seemingly strange locations. “You may be that guy running laps around the parking lot, but fit guys don't stay fit by being timid.” If you are uncomfortable jogging around airport terminals, try to pack a small, lightweight resistance band to supplement simple floor exercises. Other exercises, like lunges, squats and crunches, use body weight as resistance.
Tweet for Workout Partners- Workout buddies are key motivators and it is easy to find partners on social media. Peter Shankman, a travel consultant, spends 75 percent of his time on the road and trains for the NYC Ironman, simultaneously. He tweets whenever he's in a new city. “I will buy beer for anyone who takes me on a run or lets me borrow a bike,” he says. Facebook, FourSquare and LinkedIn are three other websites to find fitness-minded friends at your destination.
- Stretch from Your Seat- Little movements count, especially during sedentary travel. Small movements can relieve travel tension, from your seat.Practice minor stretching from your chair.
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