April 30 2012 by Mike Mason
It's almost the end of March, you're amazed at how well you've been holding on to this year's resolutions and then it comes- your assignment to travel for work. Don't let a small business adventure put your exercise goals at risk. With some planning and preparation, you can stay in peak condition while away from home and the office.
Here are the 10 tips to stay healthy and happy while working abroad:
1. Stay where you know you'll have access to facilities that will make exercise easy. Many BEST WESTERN hotels have a pool and all BEST WESTERN PLUS and BEST WESTERN PREMIER locations include a fitness center to keep you healthy on the go. You could also consider locations that are near a park or community fitness center.
2. Pack the necessities. If you have small, portable equipment like a jump rope or resistance band, make sure to include them in your bag as well as a swimsuit, running shoes or other fitness clothing. You might be in a different climate than you are used to, so plan accordingly.
3. Make time in your schedule for exercise. Business trips are full of meetings and lunches that make you run from one thing to another. Figuring in some exercise will help you to relieve stress while promoting better concentration and overall energy.
4. To prevent soreness that sometimes accompanies exercising new muscle groups or using different equipment, reduce the intensity and duration of your usual routine to stay at your current fitness level while on the road.
5. When you arrive, ask the front desk about local parks, recreation areas with trails or safe places to go running. If the area where you are staying is urban or not pedestrian-friendly, improvise. There is always something else you can do to stay active.
6. Try aerobics. Follow an aerobics program on TV or online, or better yet, play your favorite workout DVD from home on your laptop.
7. Take advantage of your own body weight. Push-ups, abdominal crunches and leg squats can be done just about anywhere. For some ideas, check out these exercises from Weight Watchers
8. Inclement weather? Try using the hotel stairwells or using a resistance band for strength training in the comfort of your room.
9. Stick to your routine as much as possible. If you're used to early morning, noon or evening workouts, try to exercise at the same time when you travel. Maintaining some routine will help you adjust to changes and the stress associated with travel.
10. Enjoy yourself! Exercise is a great way to explore a new city and enjoy a different climate. Just remember to play it safe wherever you go.