How to Stay Fit On a Business Trip

Staying fit and frisky is a great way to cope with the hustle of the corporate world. But when your job demands frequent travel, it may be tough to stick to a fitness regime. Travel time, flight schedules and back-to-back meetings make it challenging.

If you have the zeal to work-out, a little planning can help you achieve your fitness goals, no matter how busy you get. Read on to know more.

Pack Sports Gear

Here are a few items you can pack that are space-efficient and not burdensome to carry.

Sports shoes – wear them preferably while traveling.

Exercise Clothes– one set that you can put in the laundry after every work-out.

Swimsuit– dry it well before the next use.

Jump Rope– while working out, try not to annoy the guests on the floor below.

Resistance Bands– bands targeting the legs help with the jetlag.

Headphones– music motivates workouts.

Yoga mat– most hotel carpets are as good as yoga mats. If you still need your own, go ahead and carry one.

Exercise On Travel Days

Wear your sports shoes to and from the airport / railway station.  They not only keep you comfortable, but also encourage you to stay on your feet.  Walk around the terminal / station intentionally, exploring the facilities, shops and services on the premises, instead of just sitting and waiting to leave.

Use Hotel Facilities

Most business hotels offer their guests complimentary use of the gymnasium.  Check with the hotel prior to the trip, so you can avoid packing sports gear.  Walking, skipping, jumping jacks and swimming are some of the best exercises while on a business trip.  To be ready for a power-packed day, walk on the treadmill for half an hour or workout on the elliptical for 15 minutes.  They burn the same number of calories and keep you feeling great all day.

If the hotel does not have a gym, you can exercise in your room.  Skip to pack in some cardio and couple it with resistance band exercises for strength training. Yoga is a great way to prep for meetings that require concentration and calculation.  If yoga cannot be accommodated in the morning, schedule it to unwind after a busy day and reap the benefits of solid sleep.

Use Your Own Body Weight to Exercise:

Calisthenics is a form of exercise that uses body weight to strengthen your core.  Push-ups, pull-ups, planks, lunges and squats are calisthenics that can be done in the comfort of a hotel room.

Use The Swimming Pool:

If the hotel has a swimming pool, which in all probability it will, pack your swimwear. Swimming is one of the best-known exercises as it gives the entire body a refreshing workout.  If you are up to it, take a half-hour swim in the morning. If not, choose the evening to splash around and swim the tiresome day away.

Explore Your Surroundings

Most of us on business trips take time out of our schedule to casually check out the beauty, landscape and historical importance of the places we visit.  A fitness-oriented lifestyle prods us to do this intentionally, and definitely on foot.  Walking is any day the best exercise.  It accomplishes much without the need for a gym or equipment.

Have a Balanced Diet

It is normal to loosen up a bit while traveling and enjoy a variety of delicacies that are only special to that destination. However, it is also advisable to avoid mindless consumption of food just because it is available.

Stay Hydrated:

Make the water-bottle your travel-partner.  Sipping water through the day refreshes and rejuvenates the mind and body, keeping you dynamic and smart.  It is essential to stay hydrated in order to handle the activities of the trip, including the gym, the pool and the trek.

Jetlag and erratic travel schedules can leave you feeling extremely tired and drained.  Regular exercise helps alleviate the stress, declutter the mind and boost your energy, setting you back on your feet to face another productive day, and maybe another productive trip.

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