Today, business trips are mandatory in many people’s increasingly demanding work schedules. But does that mean we must forfeit physical activity? Not at all! You simply need to use a little imagination!
Early-morning meetings, luncheons and never-ending business dinners make it challenging for people who want to exercise every day. But do not worry; even those of us who are on the road often can stay in shape!
First, contact the hotel you will be staying at before you leave. Many hotels have a gym on the premises or are affiliated with outside fitness centres close to the hotel. You can also check with your own gym to see if they have a facility in the city you are travelling to. If your hotel has a pool, swimming a few laps or doing a few aquaform moves can be a great way to pump-up your cardio and work your entire body. If you are staying in a large hotel, taking the stairs instead of the elevator can do wonders for your heart and legs. Obviously, venturing out on the streets for a walk or a run is a great way to discover a new city. Taking advantage of a few minutes of solitude in the fresh morning air can help you calm and ground yourself before tackling an entire day of business meetings.
But when you are tired and feel like staying in, you can exercise in the comfort of your own room. You can work your abdominals, back, arms and legs with little or no equipment. Large bottles of water or a phone book can serve as small weights to work your arms and upper body. Doing sit-ups, push-ups and squats are also great ways to exercise your entire body. Packing resistance bands in your suitcase is also a good idea. They are small, light and flexible and can be used to strengthen many muscle groups. You can easily find examples of exercise routines on the Internet by typing key-words like “exercise, muscles, resistance band” in the search engine of your choice.
So pack your exercise gear and running shoes and get ready for your next business trip! Happy trails!