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How to stay fit while travelling

By Joseph Oindo

We all travel. Whether it’s for business, pleasure, epic questing or vacation, at some period in our lives we leave the comfort of our homes to visit another location, another place. This might be some quick trip to the next city for a business conference, or a scheduled massive adventure traversing continents for some months. But no matter what kind of trip, one thing is for sure: our normal schedules completely get thrown out of the window when travelling, including our fitness routine. So how do you keep healthy while on the go? The following are some tips for fitness for people who travel.

Whether you are travelling by plane, train or car, it may force you to sit for some long periods of time. This is not ideal for your health. In order to fit some form of physical activities when travelling, wear your running or walking shoes. When travelling by plane and you encounter a delay, or time permits, just stroll through the terminal as opposed to sitting at the gate. When driving, take time to stretch.

When you reach your destination, you should set the tone for the trip by immediately working out. If that’s impossible, schedule some time for your next workout. Treat this as a significant appointment.

Consider these methods to keep fit

  • Use the halls: You walk the hotel halls, or, when possible, to one of the meetings or venues.
  • Skip rope: Yes, just use a jump-rope in the hotel gym or your room.
  • Try yoga or aerobics: When you have space in your hotel room, use your smartphone or tablet to find a workout, and follow along.
  • Use resistance tubing: The stretchy tubes that can be virtually used anywhere provide weight-like resistance if you pull on them. Utilise them to strengthen almost any muscle group.
  • Benefit from your own body weight: You should try planks, squats and push-ups.
  • Swimming pool: Get wet as you increase your fitness level. Use the hotel swimming pool.
  • Check out local trails and parks: Just ask hotel staff about the secure nearby routes for running or walking.

When schedule changes or jet lag leaves you tired and exhausted, just make your workout lighter or shorter than usual. It’s right to take it easy at some period. Since travel may be so disruptive to what you eat and how you sleep, it might not be the best time to try increasing your fitness level.

Bottom line
The above are important tips for fitness for people who travel. However, remember that regular exercises may help reduce stress plus feelings of low energy.

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