Travel is Not an Excuse to be Lazy!
Whether you're traveling for business or pleasure, don't use your trip as an excuse to stop exercising.
Staying physically active while traveling helps keep your energy up, and also makes it easier to transition back to your regular workouts when you get home.
The longer you go without exercise, the tougher it is to get back into your consistent fitness routine. It's takes mental fortitude to re-establish a habit, especially after a week or more of de-conditioning, which can make your regular workouts feel more grueling than you remember.
Some studies have shown noticeably diminished muscle strength and loss of power, speed, agility, mobility, and coordination in just a couple of weeks of detraining.
This is not to say that you need to be hitting the gym every day with the same intensity you do at home. But, you can find creative ways to work fun physical activities into your travel plans so that you can maintain your base level of fitness.
While planning your trip, schedule time for physical activities. On a business trip, you'll want your activities to be time efficient. Here are some examples.
On a Business Trip:
Schedule your fitness like you do your business meetings. When it's scheduled into your day, it becomes a priority that's part of your work travel routine.
● Walk everywhere, including to business meetings, out to dinner, and even in the airport terminal during a layover.
● Hit the hotel gym in the morning before your meetings.
● Do body weight exercises in your hotel room or a nearby park. (Download our Travel Chip & Chisel Workout for your next trip.)
Plan some activities that you know you & your family or traveling companions will enjoy. If it feels more like play than a workout, you'll probably spend more time doing it.
● At the beach: swim, snorkel, surf or body surf, stand-up paddle board, play beach volleyball
● In the mountains/at the lake or river : hike, snowshoe, ski, water ski, go horseback riding, kayak, join a guided nature walk
● In the city: take a walking tour of a museum or historic landmark, explore a park, take the stairs, rent a bicycle, go out dancing
Vacations are a great time to be adventurous and reap the rewards of your fitness. In other words, you've spent all that time lifting weights, strengthening your core and working on your cardio. So why not try a new activity that will challenge your strength & fitness?
Depending on the activity, you may have to take a class or hire a instructor, but imagine how exhilarated you'll feel after rock-climbing or stand-up paddle boarding for the first time.
Have a plan & have fun!