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Travel workout: Fitness tips for business travelers
Check out the facilities
When you arrive at your destination, check out the fitness facilities at your hotel or a nearby health club — then schedule time for a travel workout. If the options seem limited, get creative:
- 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. Better yet, climb the stairs between hallway laps.
- 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.
- March in place. Pump your arms to increase your calorie-burning power.
- Try aerobics. Follow an aerobics program on TV or online, or play an exercise video or DVD from home.
- 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 push-ups, abdominal crunches and leg squats.
Stick to your routine
If you're used to early morning, noon or evening workouts, try to exercise at the same time when you travel. Maintaining your normal routine may help you adjust to time changes and the stress of business travel.
If jet lag or extreme 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, but remember the energizing effect of regular exercise — which may be just what you need to get down to business.Previous page
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