Delicious food, decadent desserts, and the stress that comes so naturally with travel are just a few of the reasons travelers might want to stick to their exercise regime while on vacation. Whether you are traveling on business or for pleasure, you shouldn’t forgo working out simply because you are not at home or near your gym. Because travel can cause a great deal of stress, exercise is more important than ever as it can help to alleviate that stress and keep your waistline from expanding from all that vacation eating.
Since you won’t be near your own gym, it is important that you research your hotel before booking it to ensure it is equipped with adequate workout equipment. Business or pleasure, you want to choose a hotel that has a fitness facility and/or exercise classes. Some hotels offer yoga classes and even beach fitness classes that allow you to get in a good workout and maintain your good health in between margaritas or meetings. Most hotels are equipped with a fitness room that includes treadmills, elliptical machines, and even weight machines. Make sure to do some research before booking a hotel in order to get the best out of your stay. On a recent trip to Maui I was able to book a hotel that had a 24-hour gym by using a site called Gogobot in order to do some research beforehand. Here I was given a list of Maui hotels that I could make a distinction about which hotels had the correct facilities. This way I could get my early morning weights in and hit the beach all day.
Running on Vacation
If you are not fond of the gym or you simply enjoy checking out the sights in a new city or town, running outdoors is always an option while you travel. A fun way to keep exercise from becoming boring is to run along new trails or along the city streets while taking in the view. Running is a great form of exercise as it helps to relieve the joint pain you might begin to experience after long bouts of sitting in airports, cars, or flights. It can relieve stress, improve your mood, and it gives you the opportunity to work out while becoming acquainted with the local area.
Stress and the Business Traveler
It’s not uncommon to experience a great deal of stress when traveling for business. Between leaving home, missing your family, spending extra time with coworkers or potential clients, and spending day after day in meetings can cause you to feel a little anxious. You can beat the stress of business travel by taking the time to work out during your travels. Every bit of exercise helps to relieve your travel stress. You don’t have to spend hours in the fitness room. You can exercise by donning your swimsuit and heading to the pool to cool off and swim a few laps at the same time. If you are at a hotel with a basketball or tennis court, you can even challenge a coworker to a quick match to get some exercise. No one said it has to be boring.