Chances are you’re like many business travelers: you cram your out-of-town schedule with so many appointments, meetings and presentations that there’s simply no time for exercise. Or so you tell yourself. But it’s doubly important when you’re traveling on business to establish a workout routine that helps you stay sharp, reduce stress, and get a good night’s sleep when you need it most. If winning or keeping that important piece of business is your goal, add regular exercise to your daily agenda to help you keep your edge. There are plenty of ways to do it; the key lies in planning ahead:
- Airports are starting to get it; look for onsite and close-by fitness facilities.
- Check into exercise options at your destination before you leave home.
- Peruse your hotel Web site for fitness centers, pools and nearby jogging paths.
- Team up to exercise with other like-minded travelers.
Look for fitness options at airportsThe folks who operate airports are beginning to understand that their sprawling facilities should be more than just passenger holding pens. Some have fitness centers or gyms onsite or nearby where you can work off your flight-delay frustrations. Others offer mini-massage services and even oxygen bars where you can plump up your brain cells before boarding your next flight.
Check out fitness clubs at your favorite hotelsWhen you’ve checked into your hotel room at the end of an exhausting day, it’s often a lot easier to answer e-mails or tune in to a mindless movie than to seek out the fitness center. But hotels are getting into the game by providing enhanced workout facilities and partnering with fitness experts to design programs that are actually fun.
Look into the hotel’s in-room exercise optionsOK so maybe you don’t want to slog off to a hotel fitness center after you’ve checked in to your room. There are in-room exercise alternatives that get the job done nicely.
Bring the gear with youEffective exercise equipment doesn’t have to be the size of a refrigerator with more chrome than a ’56 Chevy. It can be something simple that fits in your luggage.
Take it to the great outdoorsIf you prefer to do your exercising outdoors, no problem!
- Ditch the “If it’s not convenient it’s not going to happen” mentality. Resolve to stick with an on-the-road exercise routine, no matter what.
- Try to exercise first thing in the day rather than at day’s end when you’re tired and less motivated.
- If you have a gym membership at home or belong to the local YMCA, check into affiliate programs in other cities.
- Some hotel groups (Marriott, for example) offer an in-room exercise kit that you can purchase if you want to take it with you.
- Unhealthy travelers can add a burden to the cost of your company health insurance program. Consider instituting a wellness/exercise program for all staff.