Finding Time for Fitness - Exercise Tips for Travelers
By Mike Manning
Everyone has some understanding that an active lifestyle leads to a healthy life. You may be great at following a healthy routine at home. If you travel regularly, however, you probably find it difficult to keep up with a regular workout routine on the road. In fact, studies show that frequent travelers have consistently poorer overall health than individuals who stick close to home.
Fortunately, travel doesn’t have to be hazardous to your health. Some advance planning and a little self-awareness will go a long way toward making each trip you take a less stressful, more positive experience.
Before you leave, make plans to utilize any available resources that can help you stay fit during your travels. Research your destination. If you belong to a health club, find out if you can gain access to a gym during your trip. Learn about local hiking or running trails that you might be able to use as well. If you have the opportunity to book your own accommodations, look for a hotel that offers good fitness amenities. These might include a well-equipped fitness center, fitness sessions for guests, in-room yoga workouts, a pool or running trails for guests. On a recent trip to Maui I was able to book a great hotel by looking through a travel reviews site beforehand. I scoured a list of Maui hotels where I could see which hotels offered the best fitness centers.
When packing, be mindful of what you need to help you on your quest for fitness. Pack workout clothes and a good pair of athletic shoes. Bring along portable workout equipment such as a simple exercise band to help you get a powerful workout even with limited space and time.
Take advantage of every opportunity to get exercise, especially if you have a particularly busy schedule. Take the stairs rather than riding the elevator. Walk to meetings or meals rather than driving or taking other transportation. If possible, get up early and take a short run before breakfast, or do a basic yoga routine before morning meetings. Each small step will add to your overall health and well being.