Travel can easily topple healthy habits that you participate in regularly while at home. Changes in routine, busy schedules and other hassles of travel often edge out regular exercise routines and proper nutrition. As a result, frequent travelers tend to have far poorer health overall than those who seldom stay away from home. Fortunately, there are many simple things you can do to minimize the stress of travel and improve your personal fitness while on the road.
Every good trip begins before you leave home. Start by planning for healthy fitness. Research the area to which you plan to travel. Find out if your gym membership can help you gain access to any workout centers where you will be. Learn about local fitness options such as running trails or tracks open to the public. Find out what fitness amenities your hotel has to offer. If you have the option of booking your own accommodations, choose a place that offers amenities that suit your personal preferences. This might include running trails for guests, a swimming pool, in-room fitness or yoga videos, a well-equipped workout facility or fitness classes for guests. On a recent trip to San Francisco I was able to book a great hotel that allowed me to keep my early morning fitness routine going just by checking a travel reviews site. I scoured through this list of San Francisco hotels where I could scroll through and see what hotels offered the amenities I needed.
On your flight, take the time to do some in-flight exercises. Even simple stretching will alleviate cramping and stiffness associated with long journeys. On long flights, perform a quick exercise routine every hour or so. This might include back stretches, side bends, shoulder shrugs, knee lifts and ankle rolls.
When you arrive at your destination, spend a few moments getting oriented to your new surroundings. Locate fitness facilities and other amenities at your hotel. In your room, pause long enough to stretch or do a few yoga moves to become grounded before rushing to meetings or activities.
Throughout your trip, be realistic about your personal fitness goals. You probably won’t ever workout if you wait until you have a full hour to devote to exercise, but you can get an effective workout in shorter periods of time. Take the stairs whenever possible instead of hopping on the elevator. In the morning, rise a few minutes early to take advantage of the hotel’s fitness center or do some yoga in your room. If your days are packed with meetings and activities, slip a little fitness into short breaks. You can get your blood flowing and stretch your muscles by finding a secluded spot to perform a few crunches, pushups and lunges.