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Working Out While Traveling

by Bob Romanaskas

Traveling can be stressful and unpredictable. You may be at the mercy of a daunting schedule, less than ideal weather, or a demanding client. On top of all of that, how are you expected to stick to a meaningful workout routine?

It can be easy to allow yourself to slack on your regular fitness regimen and diet, but in most cases, you will be more productive on your trip if you find a way to be active.

Fortunately, there are creative exercise options that you can implement that go beyond the traditional hotel gym workout. Below we explore my top four tips for maintaining your fitness routine while on the go.

1. Stay active while you commute.

For someone who is always on the go, incorporating light physical activity into your commute will help offset the detrimental effects of sitting for long periods of time, as well as provide structure to your fitness routine. For example, take the stairs over the elevator whenever you get the chance.  Once you've reached your destination, small changes in your daily activity can make a big difference. If you're traveling to a city and are fortunate enough to find a place to stay downtown or in an active neighborhood, take advantage! Get out and explore the city on foot.

2. Use what you have.

Don't overcomplicate things. Incorporate bodyweight exercises you can do in your hotel room, such as crunches, pushups, or squats, into your routine.  If there are trails or a park near your hotel, go for a walk or a jog. If your hotel has a swimming pool, swim some laps. Or rent a bicycle.

3. Prioritize your workout.

Make time for your workout routine, whatever that may entail. Ideally, you should work out around the same time every day, even while traveling. Working out in the morning is typically recommended, as it allows you to clear your mind before you start the day, but you will be most likely to succeed if you tailor your workout to your schedule.

4. Take care of your body.

When we're outside of our normal environment, it can be easy to forget that the same rules apply as they do back home. Staying active requires maintaining a diet that makes you ready to work out.  Eat right, drink plenty of water, and go to sleep at a reasonable hour, even while traveling. To make it easier on yourself, buy groceries when you can to decrease the temptation to eat out for every meal.

Although these strategies may feel like sacrifices at first, they will be worth it in the long run. Your body will thank you, and you will be able to come back to your daily routine without skipping a beat.

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