I just returned today from a week long family vacation in Puerto Rico. It was me, my mom and 7 of my sisters. We rented a 5 bedroom house in Rio Grande near El Yunque Rainforest. It was the rainy season but we didn’t let that stop our fun and great adventure.
So todays guest post by Mike Manning of mikemanningmusings.blogspot.com is timely. He wanted to post about Tips to Stay Fit while Traveling.
So here are the tips:
Keeping up a fitness routine takes a lot of work. It may be tempting to put it aside while traveling, but don’t give in to that temptation. Although difficult, it is possible to keep up with some fitness even when on the move, whether travel is for pleasure or business purposes.
Traveling and Fitness
Traveling takes a toll on the body. It also may increase stress depending on the situation. Keeping up with an exercise program is important to keep up your routine, keep the body healthy, and to keep stress levels in check. It is harder to start back up an exercise program when you have taken time off, even if that time off is due to travel for business or a vacation.
Do Some Research
Before traveling, research accommodations before booking a hotel. Many hotels offer fitness amenities, such as weight rooms or even certain types of fitness classes. On a recent trip to San Francisco I booked a hotel with a 24-hour fitness studio by first looking through a site called Gogobot. Here I was given a list of San Francisco hotels where I could click through to see which ones were right for me. If there is not a hotel in the area where you can access your specific fitness routine or a workout plan acceptable to you, research the area to see if there are local gyms, fitness or running trails, or other options to continue your workout while you are on the road. By doing research before booking accommodations and travel, you can have your travel workout routine set up before you even leave the house.
Working Out at the Hotel
If the hotel does not have a gym, the hours don’t fit your needs, or you don’t want to pay additional fees to use the gym, bring your workout with you. There are a huge variety of workout DVDs to suit your workout style and a wide variety of travel size workout equipment that can go with your workout DVD. Dumbbells, resistance bands, and yoga mats can all be taken with you on your travels to use with a work out DVD. There are also other portable types of workout equipment as well. Melanie Bolen lists some DVDs that are good for use in traveling in her article on Chicagonow.com.
Running and Sightseeing All in One
With just your work out outfit and running shoes, you can get in a cardio workout by running near your hotel. Keep up on your fitness while taking in the sights. You can get to know the area and its offerings a bit better as you walk, run, or jog through the area. Be sure to keep mental notes of places you would like to come back to to take more time and visit. Steve Jermanok has an article in the Huffington Post that shows some of the best urban running trails.
Business and Travel
When traveling for business purposes, there is often very little spare time to do much of anything, including exercise. It is still important to keep up on fitness, especially to keep stress levels at bay. Find the time and a way with Drew Gannon’s tips in Inc. magazine to stay fit while on the road for business.