Don’t let vacations or business travel sideline your exercise routine. Physical activity is a great way to relieve stress and adjust to a new time zone when you’re traveling. Here’s how to get the most out of it:
Find fitness-friendly accommodations. Call ahead to make sure your hotel or motel has a good fitness facility or at least a place where you’ll feel safe and comfortable going for a walk.
Take advantage of the local attractions. Many places offer their own unique exercise opportunities trails through beautiful parks or forests, beach walks, boat rides on the lake, bike rides out of town. Check the travel section of your bookstore or look on-line for information before you travel.
Be sure to pack what you’ll need. Walking shoes, gym shorts, a T-shirt, resistance bands make a checklist of all the things you’ll need while you’re away and make sure to pack it all.
Use every opportunity. Too busy to set aside a block of time for activity? Look for every opportunity you can to be active. Book a room on the third floor and take the stairs. Walk whenever you can between meetings, while you’re waiting at the airport, on your way from here to there.
Be realistic. If you’re on a hectic business trip, don’t add to the stress by trying to do too much. Tallying up just 15 minutes of brisk walking, along with climbing a few flights of stairs instead of taking the elevator, should hold you until you get home again and back to your regular routine.