With a little planning, it can be easy to stay fit when you travel. Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, you can stick to your exercise routine when you’re on the road. It may be easier to be active when you’re on vacation, but even on a business trip, it’s possible to squeeze in 30 minutes of physical activity at some point during your day.
Pack your fitness clothes.
Be prepared. Take along your sneakers or walking shoes, exercise clothing and bathing suit. If you’re taking your laptop, you be sure to download your favorite exercise DVD and if you listen to music while walking on the treadmill, be sure to bring that along too.
Stop along the way.
If you travel by car, take frequent breaks; get out and stretch or walk around. It will help you stay more alert while driving and make you feel better too. If you’re flying, walk around the airport while waiting for your flight.
Explore the neighborhood.
Ask the hotel staff about local parks, walking trails, shopping malls or recreation centers. Take a lunch break and go for a walk. Build physical activity into your sightseeing. In most cities you can find places to walk safely such as a walking tour, museum or botanical gardens.
Check out local exercise facilities.
Many hotels have workout rooms or pools for guests. Some hotels offer guest memberships to nearby fitness centers. If you’re on a cruise, most cruise lines offer diverse recreational opportunities – pick one that interests you.
Stick to your routine as much as possible.
Being active is one of the most important things you can do each day. If you’re a morning person, exercise before going out for the day. Work out at lunch time. If your day is too hectic, unwind with a workout in the afternoon or early evening.
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Remember, your most important goal is to be active, and you can do it!