Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The Tipster: Staying Fit on the Road

Today's Workout:
5.5 mile run (with strides at the top of the mile)

Hello Friends! Now that summer is in full swing I'm sure many of you are travelling with your friends and family. You're probably wondering how you're going to fit any exercise program while you're on the road. Some of the questions you may be asking yourself are:

  • Where am I going to exercise?
  • Does my hotel have a gym?
  • How can I strength train without any equipment?
  • What if I get stuck in the airport because of a lay-over or because the plane is delayed?

Do not fret my friends! Michael Manning, a fitness blogger at Manning's Musings, offers some insight and answers to those questions. Michael is not only a fitness enthusiast, he also loves to travel so the notion of exercising while travelling is not new to him. Here's what Michael suggests:

Travel and Fitness- Help Yourself Stay Fit On The Road
It can be the easiest excuse in a person's repertoire for NOT exercising. After all, who can blame a person for not going to spin class or doing their daily jog when they aren't even in town? With fitness becoming a centerpiece of our society these days, hotels and airports are jumping on the bandwagon to help their customers stay in shape.

There are some simple tips that make it easy to stick to a regular fitness routine while on the road:

 1. Do a little research before reserving a hotel. This can be as simple as looking on the hotel website or making a phone call to the front desk.  A few questions about their fitness room, if they have one, can help you come prepared.  Some of them have certain hours they are open, which can conflict with meeting times if it is a business trip, so it is important to inquire about their weekly schedule.  Many hotels are now teaming up with fitness centers or gyms and give their patrons complimentary passes to yoga classes or the lap pool. On a recent trip to San Francisco I was able to book a hotel with a 24-hour gym by first doing a little research on a reviews site called Gogobot. Here I got a list of San Francisco hotels that I could scan through and see reviews on each hotels amenities.

2. Bring your own equipment. A hotel room may seem like an incredibly small space to do a workout, but there is usually more than enough room to jump around and break a sweat.  Creativity and being prepared is the key to making this work.  It may be as simple as taking a few exercise moves from a favorite aerobics class and cycling through them for 20 or 30 minutes.  There are also options for equipment that can be purchased that are designed to be used in small areas.  These include resistance bands, yoga mats, certain videos and TRX trainer.  

3. See what’s available at the airport if a layover is on the itinerary. More and more airports are offering a variety of health and fitness options at their terminals or nearby the airport.  If a flight in San Francisco is delayed, passengers can use that time to work out in the Zen Room.  At Terminal C of Las Vegas’ McCarron Airport, passengers can use their pass at the national 24 Hour Fitness chain.  Other airports are connected to hotels or are a short cab ride away from a gym and locker room.  For little or no fee, that layover time can be put to good use.  There’s even an Internet site, http://www.airportgyms.com, which compiles information about gyms in or nearby airports around the United States and Canada.

Toss those excuses in the trash and throw the gym shoes in the carry-on.  Make the most of the resources available by doing a little research ahead of time and using the amenities available at hotels and airports across the country.

How do you exercise on the road?
I'm grateful for the lady at Dunkin
Donuts who knows exactly how I
like my coffee without even asking me.  

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  1. I always bring running shoes and do a little research beforehand to figure out a route. Running is a great way to explore a new city.

    1. I totally agree with you. As long as you take safety precautions, you should be good to go =)