Travelling & Exercise
Travelling for business trips and vacations can be a challenge for those who maintain a regular workout schedule. Booking your business travel at a hotel that has fitness facilities is one way to stick to an exercise routine. Also, packing the suitcase with exercise DVDs, resistance bands and jump ropes can help with getting more fitness into your day.
2 AnswersIf your vacation is away from home, take advantage of new surroundings by going for walks, exploring different areas or neighborhoods, or going on tours. If there is good sightseeing, do as much of it as you can by walking, as opposed to just looking from a bus. If you're staying in a hotel, take advantage of available facilities like a pool or gym. If you're having a "stay-cation," take advantage of not having to go to work by going out for bike rides or other activities that you can't usually do because of your work schedule. Regardless of where you are, there are always small things you can do like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, parking your car a little farther from store entrances, or even getting up to change the channel on the television instead of using the remote.
4 AnswersIf it is a car trip, you need to take breaks and get out of the car perhaps every 45 minutes to 1 hour. You also need proper lower back support. If it is a trip where you are walking a great deal, then again you need get properly fitted with go shoes.
2 AnswersIf you’re traveling and have limited space, first, organize your workouts so you can itemize the equipment you’ll need. Next, create a list of items you’d like to take with you. Specify this list even further to narrow down what you “need” to take with you. If you still have a lot of items, you’ll want to go back and modify your workouts so they don’t require as much equipment. A sample packing list may look like this:
• Tubing – black
• Tubing - green
• Tennis ball for self myofascial release
• Swim gear
• Sweat gear
• Running shoes
2 AnswersIt’s not hard to stay fit on the road! You just have to approach it with a little creativity. Before you travel, do some pre-work to see if your destination has a fitness center. If one is not available, bring some exercise tubing and use exercises that mimic the routine you follow at your fitness center. Even without tubing, you can still perform body weight push-ups, lunges, squats, chair dips, etc.
4 AnswersFind a DVD, website, or book that describes different body weight workouts. You will be surprised what you can do with your own body and a little creativity. If you can, pick up a set of exercise tubing, This will allow you have a portable workout facility that you can bring with youon the road. There are endless workout options utilizing your body and tubing.
11 AnswersBaptist Health South Florida answeredSticking to your workout routine can be difficult while traveling. Whether you’re whisked away to a tropical island or headed on a business trip, use the following tips to stay fit, healthy and energized:
- Check in with your daily gym. Before you travel, check to see if your hometown gym has a location in the city in which you are traveling. Check the class list and see if any of the workout sessions fall into your schedule. If you have a national membership, this is often available at no additional cost to you.
- Book a hotel with a fitness center. Typically the hotel’s website will describe the types of machines that are available. Additionally, the front desk or concierge will have information about local jogging and hiking paths. The hotel staff will know the area best and be able to point you in the right direction.
- Pack portable fitness. There are lots of fitness tools you can pack that don’t take up too much room in your suitcase. Try a jump rope, resistance bands, a traveling yoga mat or light dumbbells. Don’t forget comfortable clothes and your walking shoes.
- Work out in your hotel room. You don’t need much equipment to get a short and intense workout. You can include the following exercises: push-ups, jumping jack, squats, abdominal crunches and mountain climbers. Keep an elevated heart rate by resting 10-15 seconds between exercises.
- Walk! If you have the ability to walk around the city or walk to your business meeting, do it. It’s a great way to see the city and stay active.
- Recruit your family. If you are traveling with family, let them know you are making the effort to be active. Their support will help keep you on track.
An unlimited expense account and eating every meal at restaurants can add additional and unwanted calories. You may be out of your usual eating and exercise routine. To counter the effects, try to increase physical activity. Pack a jump rope for cardio and a resistance band for strength training. You can still try new foods but try to limit the portion sizes. If you drink alcohol, limit or avoid while traveling. Alcohol can disrupt sleep and add lots of extra calories. If you are in a different time zone, sleep will be even more disrupted. As soon as you get back home, get back to your usual routine.
5 AnswersMrs. Michelle Carlson, NASM Elite Trainer , Fitness, answered
One of the best tools to invest in is resistance bands. They are compact enough to fit into luggage (even carry ons) and versatile enough for any workout. They can go from adding resistance to squats to aiding in stretching the hamstrings at the end of your workout. Most hotels are now equipped with gyms, but that is not always a guarantee. I suggest investing in resistance bands and thinking creatively. You can always count on body weight based exercise to keep your muscle mass lean and expect an effective workout. When on the go, you can power up your laptop and head over to this site www.michellecfitness.com for full body weight based routines as well as clever push up and squat variations.
5 AnswersDr. Michael Roizen, MD , Internal Medicine, answeredIt may be tempting to let your exercise routine slide when you travel, but there's no reason to do so. I do a lot of traveling for work, and I always try to stay at a hotel that offers fitness facilities. It's a great way to unwind after a long day of meetings or to start the morning off right. If I can't find a hotel with a gym, I pack a jump rope and strength (resistance) bands. Twenty minutes of jumping rope done in the right shoes and on a low-impact surface is a great workout that you can do anywhere with a little bit of elbowroom. (Also, jumping rope helps clear your sinuses, an extra benefit if planes and travel cause yours to get congested.) The ceilings in most hotel rooms are high enough. (I often wonder what the person in the room below me thinks, but I know that I am not going to let being away from home get in the way of keeping myself young.) The exercise bands can also be used in a small space. Put the "Do Not Disturb" sign on the door of your room, so your exercise routine won't be disrupted.