Don’t Leave Your Exercise Routine Behind When You Travel

Wednesday, November 20 2013

Traveling constantly can be a drain, not to mention that it can be difficult to maintain a sense of normalcy if you are away most of the time. Establishing a routine that travels with you can help you regulate your energy and regain control of your schedule. Not to mention that staying fit will increase your focus and productivity too!

Here are 6 tips for taking your exercise routine on the road with you:



1. Pack Right!

Most exercise clothing dries quickly and takes up little space (or weight). If you wash your outfit in the hotel room sink it will be dry in the morning!
  • lightweight sneakers/ running shoes
  • quick drying exercise clothes (1 outfit only, extra socks are ok)
  • thin yoga mat / resistance bands
Try laying your workout clothes out on the bed so that you don't "forget" about your commitment to exercise when you get back.

 coastal-bike-path 2. Book Strategically

If your hotel doesn't have a gym, find one with a gym near either your hotel or the place you'll be working from.

It helps if you belong to a national (or international) chain. But there are many gyms that will let you take adhoc classes like yoga.

Perhaps the city has a nice park with running paths that you can explore. Doing a bit of research into the facilities and paths available in your location will give you the opportunity to get to know the area better. You can explore while feeling like a local!
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3. Plan a Routine

There are numerous sites & apps that help you plan your routines and tons of gadgets to track your progress. When using unfamiliar machines be careful not to overexert yourself. Remember that there are many things you can do in the comfort of your own hotel room.

Be sure to adapt your normal routine; don't expect to do the same on the road, or even during your first days back home.
 agendabook 4. Schedule It

It is important that you block out time to exercise, whether that be 10 minutes in the morning or a 30 minute run at lunch time. Chunk your routine into small bits. These small breaks are necessary for your body and soul, but they don't need to be hard core marathon training.

The important thing is to stay active. The more realistic you are about the time you commit to the more likely you are going to follow through.

5. Move Around

Don't depend on a gym and – don't stay stationary! It's important to keep active, by stretching and moving around throughout your trip.
  • If you have a chance to walk instead of taking an elevator, do it! Same goes for walking short distances rather than cabbing it.
  • If your flight is delayed, walk around the airport or visit the other gates. There may be an airport gym or a nearby airport hotel with a gym that you can use.
  • Be resourceful & be creative when planning about your routine.
  • Your hotel room is also a great place to work out.
  • After sitting in a chair a long time or having a tense meeting, it's important to stretch!

6. Eat Healthy

One of the perks of traveling is expensing your meals, but it's easy to get carried away with fine wine and lobster dinners.

Eating out can also have a toll on your body if you don't make an effort to eat well.

When traveling across time-zones it's also important to stay hydrated, especially when consuming high volumes of coffee and tea.

Most importantly, have fun with it! As Gregory Florez, from the American Council on Exercise says "There's enough stress in the process of business travel, the more you can take out, the more comfortable and confident you're going to be."

In addition to the activites suggested above, here are some more hotel room exercise ideas.

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