Working Out on the Road
Travel frequently for business and wonder how you’ll keep that body buff while you’re wining and dining clients? Leaving home, but don’t want to miss your daily aerobic or cardio workout?
Travelers who like to work out encounter these scenarios fairly frequently. Yet many have found ways to keep their exercise routines going strong, no matter where they’re headed – for business or for pleasure! Don’t let travel interrupt your workout schedule and give you an excuse to “fall off the exercise wagon” for good! Especially if you’re exercising to combat lower back pain, it’s important to keep up with your workouts while traveling. Driving long distances and air travel can exacerbate back problems.
Start with a little research. Does the hotel you’re going to have exercise facilities? What kind of equipment do they have? Do they have exchange privileges with a local health or fitness club? Does your local gym have a facility nearby that you can use as part of your membership?
Have feet will travel. Now that’s something you always take with you – your feet. So be sure to pack your exercise shoes and start walking. If you’re fortunate enough to be on or near a beach, take a brisk walk in the sand by the water. It’s not just great exercise, the scenery can be breathtaking as well!
Do a little advanced research and print out some exercises that you can do with a chair in your hotel room! Does the hotel have a pool? Change your routine a bit and do some swimming instead of your usual workout routine.
Just make sure you pack your workout gear. Be creative on the road – bring exercise bands, a couple of hand weights (just watch baggage weight and know your airline’s weight limits) or a workout mat.
The key is to try to mimic your home workout as much as possible – so some planning is definitely called for. Try to work out at the same time you do at home and make sure you take advantage of some substitutions in your routine if they are available. Hiking, climbing and swimming offer a challenging change to the treadmill or elliptical trainer.