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StayInShapeWhileAway

25 Jun

Guest Post! Mike, over at http://mikemanningmusings.blogspot.com/ asked if he could feature an article on my blog that he wrote. He recently has been looking into how fitness and eating healthy can specifically benefit frequent travelers and those on vacation. Because I enjoy working out, and traveling, his article seems to fit into my blog quite perfectly. I hope you enjoy what he has prepared!

How to Stay in Shape While Away

Some of us have to travel for business while others travel exclusively for recreation. Regardless of the reason for traveling, however, is important to take steps to ensure that you are able to maintain your fitness routine while away from home. Those who travel frequently have an even more difficult burden. Fortunately, it has never been easier to maintain a fitness routine while away from home. Here are a few guidelines for travelers who wish to stay in shape all away from home.

Research Early

The hotel you choose can have a profound impact on your ability to exercise while away from home. Almost all hotels now offer fitness centers, and these centers have grown considerably through the years. However, it should be noted that your particular fitness routine might not work in the hotel you have chosen. Because of this, determining what your potential hotel has to offer before making reservations can help. If the hotel offers yoga classes, you will want to ensure that you bring along appropriate clothing. On a recent trip to San Francisco I used a site called Gogobot to do some research before booking. This proved very useful because I could scroll through a list of San Francisco hotels and see which ones offered fitness rooms with the right equipment. In addition to researching what the hotel has to offer, consider where it is located. A hotel located next to a park, for example, may be a better place for those who enjoy running.

Develop a Simple System

One of the best ways to ensure that you are able to stay in shape while on the road is to develop a simple, portable exercise routine by focusing on yoga and other activities that can be performed in a hotel room. In addition, focusing on nutrition is of the utmost importance while away from home. Dining out can quickly cause you to surpass your normal caloric intake, which can make it difficult to maintain your weight [2]. Research restaurants located where you are traveling to before heading out, and develop a plan for maintaining your normal level of caloric intake.

Manage Your Stress

People who travel often for business often experience high levels of stress when they are away from home. Unfortunately, high stress levels can make exercise more difficult. By focusing on yoga and other forms of exercise that encourage slow breathing, it may be possible to reduce your stress levels and maintain your fitness routine. In addition, those who run regularly often find it to be calming. Focusing on reducing your stress levels also has the benefit of helping you perform better during meetings or while meeting with current or potential clients.

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JumpStart

6 Jul

All you do on vacation is eat, drink, sleep, and repeat. No matter where you go there is always time to eat, drink and sleep. Of course, some beach vacations may entail more resting and relaxing, and the vacations to a busy town may be more hectic and you may walk more than you normally do. But no matter what town you are visiting, most people do not want to go work out. Vacation is a time to get away, and to do things that you normally wouldn’t do or get to do at home. I can vouch for that.

While I was in Germany for 10 days, I did go on some runs to try and stay a bit active, but nothing like I typically do at home. In 10 days at home, I typically will run or go to some sort of class 6 or 7 of the 10 days. In Germany Dan and I ran three times together and then walked for the most part. My body was like jello and it needed a jump start upon arriving in the states.

So, jump start it is. This past week I have dedicated a lot of my free time and lunch hours to working out. And my body has not felt this sore in months. Whether or not you are coming from a long vacation, or are board with your routine, take two weeks and do something different.  If you cannot stray away from your morning runs, or your afternoon walks, don’t, but shorten them and add something else. That is what I did.

At lunch, instead of running the entire time, I ran at a 6.4 on the treadmill for 15 minutes, and then did one set of 10 bicep curls, then 10 shoulder presses, and then 10 back extensions and did this three times. After I completed that I hopped back on the treadmill and sprinted 1 minute, jogged one minute at a 4 incline and did this 3 times equaling to 6 minutes. My lunch break is only an hour long and so after I was done with the treadmill I hit the mat and did some abdominal work and stretched out.

This is just an example of something you can do to challenge your body and to not get bored. I hope to always challenge myself and to always keep my body guessing. And this week, it has had to guess every day.