Taking a vacation from everyday life doesn’t mean you have to take time off from your exercise regimen and healthy eating. Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, extended time sitting and away from your own kitchen can put you at risk for health problems. It may be difficult to find something other than fast food, but it is possible to keep healthy and fit even when traveling.
Find a Hotel Gym
Many hotels have gyms for their guests during their stay. Next time you travel, take advantage of your hotel’s perks and keep up with your fitness routine. Even a small gym with just a treadmill can get your heart rate up until you break a sweat. If your hotel has a pool, don’t just bask in the sun. Get out there and swim some laps, one of the best workouts you can get. If your hotel has a sauna, you can relax while you sweat the toxins out of your body.
Go for a Run
Running is a sport you can do almost anywhere. If you are in an unfamiliar place, make sure you can find your way back from where you started. If you go for a night run, make sure to wear bright clothing and reflectors to avoid getting serious injuries in an accident. If you run alone while traveling, let someone know when you expect to return and your route, if you know it ahead of time. That way, if you are injured or lost and can’t get back, someone will be able to go looking for you or notify the authorities.
What to Wear When Traveling
Especially on long trips, it’s important to wear comfortable clothing that is not binding. Sitting for extended periods can make tight clothing squeeze you around the middle and perhaps your legs and arms. Cutting off circulation can lead to deep vein thrombosis, common in people who travel a lot. You can get clothes specially made for traveling that are attractive and easy to move around in. Compression stockings are recommended for many people who fly. They can help your legs and ankles from the swelling that is common due to high altitude and from sitting still for so long.
If nothing else, you can do sit-ups and stretches in your hotel room. Your hotel restaurant or surrounding area may offer special diets or other healthy food on the menu. It can be easy to work your exercise and meal routine into your travel plans with only a bit of adjustment.
During those times when you’re not traveling, it’s important to get trained on proper fitness techniques. Take advantage of our personal trainers so you can get the help you need!