With the Summer months fast approaching, I thought I’d open the floor up to guest blogger Mike Manning, who has some quick tips on how to stay fit while traveling. Mike runs his own blog at mikemanningmusings.blogspot.com Why not give it a perusal?
Travel and Fitness- Ways to Get Exercise While Traveling
Healthy routines can be railroaded by travel. Changes in your personal schedule, irregular mealtimes, busy agendas and unfamiliar environments all contribute to the stress of travel. This stress can take a toll on your health if you don’t find ways to mitigate it. Fortunately, some advance preparation coupled with a dose of self-awareness can help you to maintain healthy habits when traveling.
Planning to get exercise when you travel will help you succeed in maintaining you personal fitness. Learn about the area where you will be going before you leave home. Make sure to do some research before booking your hotel. On a recent trip to San Francisco I booked a hotel with a gym that was open for 24-hours a day. This allowed me to keep my regular early morning workout schedule. I was able to do this by checking a travel site that allowed me to look through a list of San Francisco hotels and check which types of fitness amenities each offered. Also, learn about gyms in the area where you might be able to gain access with your health club membership, or find out if the community has running trails or tracks open to the public.
When you pack, remember your fitness essentials. Pack comfortable clothing for your workouts, and bring along a pair of athletic shoes. Carry a refillable water bottle with you to assist you in remaining properly hydrated. Also, consider bringing an exercise band or other portable equipment that will help you get an effective workout when space and time are limited.
For the duration of your travels, maintain reasonable expectations concerning your personal fitness. You probably won’t complete the exercise routine you use while at home, and you won’t have an hour or more to spend in the fitness center each day. You can, however, get shorter bursts of exercise throughout your stay. Take the stairs instead of the elevator for a quick cardio workout. Enjoy an early morning run before breakfast, or spend a few moments each morning doing yoga in your room. In the evening, if you enjoy relaxing poolside, consider jumping into the water and splashing around or swimming to get a good workout.
Remember that small amounts of activity can add up. When you pay attention to the opportunities for exercise that arise when you travel, you can successfully improve your physical fitness significantly. As a result, you will have more energy and arrive home feeling less drained and more refreshed.