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Travel workout: Fitness tips for business travelers
When you arrive at your destination, set the tone for your trip by working out right away. If that's not possible, schedule a time for your next workout and treat it as an important appointment.
Get creative and squeeze in activity whenever you can. For example:
- Check out local parks and trails. Ask the hotel staff about safe routes for walking or running.
- Use the halls. Walk up and down the hotel halls — or, if possible, to one of your meetings. Skip the elevator or escalator and take the stairs.
- Get wet. Swim laps in the hotel pool.
- Skip rope. Use a jump-rope in the hotel's fitness room or at the edge of the parking area.
- Do jumping jacks. Try a few sets right in your room.
- Try aerobics. Play an exercise video or DVD.
- Use resistance tubing. These stretchy tubes offer weight-like resistance when you pull on them. You can use resistance tubing in your travel workout to build strength in nearly any muscle group.
- Take advantage of your own body weight. Try pushups, abdominal crunches and leg squats.
Listen to your body
If jet lag or schedule changes leave you exhausted, make your travel workout shorter or lighter than usual. It's OK to take it easy once in a while.
Remember, however, that regular exercise can help reduce stress and feelings of low energy, which might be just what you need to get down to business.Previous page
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