Exercise for Your Travels

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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.

 

Favorite Free Runs in San Francisco

One of the things I dearly love to do in my adidas adipure running shoes is visit free things to do in San Francisco. Even after many hours on my feet, I still feel so refreshed.


I love running on the Golden Gate Bridge. The best time to go running in my adidas adipure shoes on the Golden Gate Bridge is early in the morning. I park at the free North Vista Point Parking area and begin my run from there. Starting early allows me to beat the crowds. The parking area opens at 7 AM. When I run both sides of the bridge, I have completed a 3.4 mile run, just the right length for an early morning jog.
Along the way, I marvel that the bridge was originally constructed in the 1930s at the cost of 35 million dollars. I enjoy watching the workman working to keep the bridge safe for all the people who cross it each day. I think about the story of the 11 men who died constructing the bridge. Running on the bridge in high winds is interesting because the bridge has a 27 foot sway.
Another place that I love to visit in my neutral running shoes is the Golden Gate Park. Something interesting is always happening at the park. I often stop at one of the buildings on their free days just to see what has changed.
One of my favorite stops in the park is the Conservatory of Flowers and the accompanying Japanese Tea Garden. I love seeing the beautiful orchids that are grown there. Occasionally, I even attend one of the master gardening classes held at the conservatory. When I attend classes at the Conservatory of Flowers, people always make comments about my neutral running shoes. I love telling people how comfortable they are.
Another of my favorite places at Golden Gate Park is Stowe Lake. I love running around the lake in my minimal running shoes. They handle the uneven ground so well. They are so lightweight that I feel like I am barefoot. Yet, I have great protection on my feet.
Another of my favorite places to run in my minimal running shoes is the San Francisco Zoo. Periodically, the zoo opens its doors to visitors for free. I love watching the 260 different types of animals on my run through the zoo. I find that I have to stop and take photos often when I do this run. I cannot wait to visit the zoo and see the new spider exhibit. Who knew the world had over 20 different species of tarantulas?

 

Cycling Then and Now: How the MOTOACTV Makes a Difference

Riding my bike was my favorite pastime when I was younger. There were numerous summer days where I cruised around my neighborhood without a care in the world. I loved lazily circling the neighborhood, or racing my friends. Cycling is still a pleasure, but I was not worried about exercise when I was child. I did not need to calculate my distance because I was not allowed to wander too far past my neighborhood. Bicycling is a key part of how I stay in shape so I am more mindful of my treks than I was as a child. Fortunately, keeping track of my progress is easy with MOTOACTV. I take this little device on all my rides to monitor my distance, speed, and more.

When I was a kid, I used to guess how fast I was going when I pedaled my hardest or went down big hills. Thankfully, I do not have to rely on guesswork anymore. The Motorola fitness tracker records everything I want to know. The GPS system tracks my route and tells me my distance and time. It also monitors my speed, heart rate, and calories burned. This lets me see what I have achieved after every ride and helps me plan better for my next trek. This is only one way MOTOACTV motivates me to do my best.

Technology has changed since I was younger. I could not ride around listening to tunes quite as easily as I can today. The Motorola fitness tracker has a built in MP3 player. I love listening to music and this makes my workout go faster. The tracker is the perfect companion to my workout mixes because it pays attention to which songs motivate me the most. When I hit a lull, the player starts one of my favorite songs to keep me going.

The best thing about this gadget is how convenient it is. The whole device is easy to clip onto my handlebars with the Motorola bike mount. I do not have to worry about where to carry it or fear that it may come loose. This also makes it simple to see my progress and adjust the music.

I will always enjoy bicycling. However, the way I ride is different from when I was young. I still have fun, but I have better tools. I never leave home without the Motorola bike mount or MOTOACTV.