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Travel workout:
Fitness tips for business travelers
PACK FOR FITNESS
Before your trip, research the hotel or nearby
fitness facilities and pack accordingly. Your
travel workout essentials might include:
• Athletic shoes
• Exercise clothing
• Swimsuit
• Jump-rope
• Resistance tubing
• Tennis racket
• Hand grips
• Music and headphones
• Exercise video or DVD
For a different type of travel workout, you
might ask the hotel staff about renting in-line
skates or a bicycle.
WORK OUT AS YOU GO
Wear your walking shoes when you travel. If
you’re traveling by plane, stroll through the
airport terminal. When traveling by train walk
through the cars occasionally. Walk outdoors
when the train stops to let passengers on and
off. If you’re driving, take frequent breaks to
get out and stretch.
GET STARTED
When you arrive at your destination, set the
tone for your trip by working out right away.
If that’s not possible, schedule a time for your
next workout and treat it as an important
appointment.
Get creative and squeeze in activity whenever
you can. For example:
• Check out local parks and trails.
Ask the
hotel staff about safe routes for walking or
running.
• Use the halls.
Walk up and down the
hotel halls - or, if possible, to one of your
meetings. Skip the elevator or escalator
and take the stairs.
• Get wet.
Swim laps in the hotel pool.
• Skip rope.
Use a jump-rope in the hotel’s
fitness room or at the edge of the parking
area.
• Do jumping jacks.
Try a few sets right in
your room.
• Try aerobics.
Play an exercise video or
DVD.
• Use resistance tubing.
These stretchy tubes
offer weight-like resistance when you pull
on them. You can use resistance tubing in
your travel workout to build strength in
nearly any muscle group.
• Take advantage of your own body weight.
Try pushups, abdominal crunches and leg
squats.
LISTEN TO YOUR BODY
If jet lag or schedule changes leave you
exhausted, make your travel workout shorter
or lighter than usual. It’s OK to take it easy
once in a while.
Remember, however, that regular exercise
can help reduce stress and feelings of low
energy, which might be just what you need to
get down to business.
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IF WORK KEEPS YOU FREQUENTLY AWAY FROM HOME, YOU KNOW HOW CHALLENGING IT CAN BE
TO MAINTAIN YOUR FITNESS PROGRAM. TRAVEL TIME AND MEETINGS MIGHT LEAVE LITTLE ROOM IN
YOUR SCHEDULE FOR A WORKOUT — BUT KEEPING FIT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE A LOST CAUSE. A LITTLE
DEDICATION AND PLANNING CAN HELP YOU STAY IN SHAPE WHEN YOU’RE TRAVELING. CONSIDER
THESE TRAVEL WORKOUT TIPS.
WHEN YOU’RE TRAVELING FOR WORK, YOU CAN STICK TO YOUR FITNESS ROUTINE.
USE THESE SIMPLE TRAVEL WORKOUT TIPS TO MAINTAIN YOUR FITNESS PROGRAM.
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