Working Out When You Travel for Work

  • The Puma Fitness Team
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Your best efforts to stick to an exercise routine can get tossed into the air (literally!) when you travel for business. Here are some tried-and-true ways to get in some quality fitness time on the road, and they're well worth the effort. 

Do some homework

Take a look at the hotel’s Web site and see if it has a fitness center or pool, or offers privileges at a nearby facility. Good news − most hotel fitness centers are open 24 hours. To be on the safe side, pack your workout clothes in your carryon so you can get to them fast if you’re crunched for time.

If your hotel has a concierge, ask her for tips on where to work out. Many hotels, especially those in marathon-hosting metropolises, have maps of local running/walking routes. If you’re really stuck in the middle of nowhere, do circuit-training loops of the parking lot.

Stick to your routine

As much as possible, try to maintain your normal routine. It will make it easier to fit some fitness into your day, and you’ll be better able to deal with any travel-related stress.

If you’re a morning exerciser, squeeze in your workout when you wake up. Make sure you schedule a wake-up call or set the alarm clock so that you have plenty of time. Usually work out at noon? Ask your coworkers to join you for a walk. The fresh air will do you all some good, and it’s nice to explore your location together. If you prefer post-work workouts, get in some exercise before dinner (you’ll be less likely to overindulge).

Be creative

When you just can’t squeeze in a workout, remember that exercise doesn’t always demand a change of clothes. You can incorporate more movement into your day by being aware of opportunities to be active. For example, walk through the airport instead of using the people-mover. Forego the elevator and take the stairs. Walk between locations rather than take cabs. Wear your walking shoes while you travel, and seize every chance to move!

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