I hope you saw part one where we went over tips to maintain an exercise routine while travelling on the go. Today’s installment will be covering how to continue doing so once you reach the destination!
Here’s a friendly suggestion: get up earlier in the morning and before or after breakfast, head over to the gym and do a brisk walk on the treadmill for 10 minutes or do the rowing machine (great for the core muscles, back problem reliever) for 10 minutes.
This session is just to wake you up from your travel stupor. See if you can walk to your business appointment instead of taking a cab (that’s another 10 minutes).
At night before going to bed, go to the hotel gym again and lift weights for 10 minutes, to complete your workout for the day. This way you did your cardio and resistance training, two essential components of a fitness program.
Now, tell me, doesn’t a 10-20 minute session sound less intimidating than clocking 1.5 hours in the gym?
Working out with Friends
Another friendly suggestion: if you’re traveling in a group, ask a colleague if he or she would do a game of squash or tennis with you. The concierge can give you local addresses of sports or recreational centers in the vicinity.
When there’s no Gym!
If the hotel gym is crowded or “temporarily closed for maintenance,” you can still exercise – in the comfort of your room.
Here are some exercises that you can perform:
Turn on the TV or some music and jog in place
Jog in place or jump rope (great cardiovascular workout)
Conduct floor exercises like crunches
Yoga on the train? Yes! A news report was published in the Montreal Gazette recently saying how many overstressed Germans still hide behind their papers rather than exercise. We’re sure Americans and Canadians are no less guilty.
So these commuters are being taught yoga and relaxation techniques on their way to and from work. Instructors are now in what the German government calls “wellness trains” in southern Germany. This was an initiative taken by Deutsche Bahn – Germany’s state-owned railway. The organization decided to offer relaxation and yoga techniques to calm an anxious workforce.
No matter where you go, or how long you stay, I hope you can feel confident about sticking to an exercise routine!