Staying fit ‘on the road’

July 5, 2010

Time and again I hear the same excuse: “I travel so much for work so I don’t have time to exercise.”

I have been traveling nonstop this spring and summer and I have found countless ways to stay fit and focused. I’ll share my shortcuts and secrets:

  • Pack some light reminders: flattering gym clothes (so you look good doing it), running shoes and bungee bands (if you have them)
  • Research local gyms. Sometimes hotel gyms are stifling & antiquated (i.e. windowless & rusted equipment) and I like to be amongst other fitness enthusiasts to motivate me to work harder. Get yourself on the guestlist or buy a day-pass ($8-15)
  • If you can’t find a good local gym, find a yoga or pilates studio within a few miles of your hotel, tie on your running shoes and run to a class. Maybe there’s a stadium nearby so you can climb the stairs and mix in some pushups, squats, crunches, etc.
  • Hire a local trainer to motivate you at your hotel gym and so you have an appointment to work out
  • If you are absolutely crunched for time, do a circuit in your room of jumping jacks, pushups, squats, lunges, crunches and planks and repeat the sequence for 20 minutes. Run the hotel stairs. Stretch in the airport while you wait for your plane
  • Research a local running club. Sign up for a 5K run in your destination city. Rent a bicycle and explore the area.

I also pack healthy food options in my carry-on so I’m not tempted by unhealthy, expensive & processed airport food. I’ll bring an apple & almonds, a yogurt with fiber one cereal, trail mix, etc.

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