Who Has Time to Exercise on the Road?

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Traveling is hard on the body. Stress is very hard on the body. We normally can’t see what is being done to our bodies, since so much of it is internal. What we can see – increasing waist lines, creeping scale numbers – that happens and especially when we are “on the road.” Traveling is hard – staying fit when traveling doesn’t have to be.

Traveling is hard – staying fit when traveling doesn’t have to be.

Being mindfully fit is about making your fitness a priority, no matter where you are and what you are doing. Being mindfully fit is not about being thin, it’s about being functionally strong, functionally fit.

I know how difficult it can be to be a road warrior - I was one for many years.  I was also a distance runner, I ran daily for years. When I was in travel jobs, I knew I would always bring my running shoes and clothes with me. I was fortunate that most of the hotels I stayed in had small gyms. I would set my alarm early, and get up to use the treadmill before my day began. But that’s not for everybody.

What is important is that you know your body, your schedule, what you like and don’t like.

 

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What is important is that you know your body, your schedule, what you like and don’t like. Even if you don’t have access to a gym, you can easily do something right in your room. Pretty much every hotel room has a desk and chair. That and a few square feet of space, and you have everything you need.

·      Grab the chair, and start to sit, but stop just before your hit the seat. Stand. Repeat. Try to do this up to ten times. Now you’ve just done a series of squats. 

·      Using the same chair, turn around and (making sure the chair can’t roll!) use it to do triceps dips.

·      You can easily pack a large elastic exercise band for strength training. Put the band under your feet and do biceps curls.

·      Using the same band, you can train your back and lats with an archers pull.

·      Using the floor, you can easily do a series of pushups and crunches – properly, of course…

·      If you practice yoga, do several sun salutations or your favorite asanas.

 

If you find yourself on planes or trains or gates, get up and move around the aisles when it is safe to do so. 

·      Stretch. Reach your hands over your head and stretch your entire body.

·      Stretch your legs by putting one leg straight out in front of you with your toes up. Stretch your hamstrings and calves.

·      You can stand up on your tippy toes, lower again. Repeat. These are calf raises.

 Exercise bands are the easiest gear you'll ever pack.

Exercise bands are the easiest gear you'll ever pack.

If you find yourself in all day meetings, make sure you get up and move around.

·      Walk around the meeting room in the back of the room – invite others to join you!

·      Strike a power pose, putting your hands on the table, back straight, looking straight ahead. This releases feel good hormones and keeps your blood flowing.

·      If you are sitting, try and gentle spinal twist. Breathe in, lengthen your spine and on your exhale, gentle twist to one side. Inhale, twist a little deeper. Repeat on the other side.

 

You will be amazed at how these simple moves will help you feel more energized throughout your travel. When you combine this type of plan with your Mindfully Fueled and Mindfully Centered approach to your hectic schedule, you will find that you can accomplish more, feel better, and have more time to yourself.

Disclaimer

The information provided here is not meant to replace any information of treatment prescribed by a physician or other licensed health care practitioner. It is for your information only. Consult your doctor before beginning any new physical program.