Last year I started a fitness routine. Thanks to myCardio Trainer app and an invitation from some of my neighbors, I walk several miles with friends each school morning. This makes my body feel good, and it makes my mind feel good. The problem with me is that if I stop for a day or two, it’s difficult to get back into the routine.
I’m the excuse lady and will look for anything I can to get me out of exercising. As I’m traveling more, and for some trips I’m gone for several days to a week, it’s easy not to workout. It’s especially not easy when I’m out late the night before and don’t want to deal with waking early. Still, I do find that I’m able to encourage myself to get my exercise on more often than not.
Fitness Tips for Geeks
Here are my favorite tips for getting exercise in when you’re away from home:
- Walk – When I’m out of town, I still try and walk as much as possible. For example, if I take the train into New York City and I don’t have a very heavy load, I might walk to my hotel or destination from Penn Station. I might also wake up early and go for a long walk before meeting my team for breakfast. Also? Sometimes with the right partner meetings can be healthy as well. When in NYC for BlogHer recently, Jonathan Fields and I opted to take our coffee on the go and walk to Central Park for our “meeting” rather than sit in the hotel lobby. Walking in a city like New York or Las Vegas isn’t a chore and doesn’t feel like exercise because there’s so much to do and see. If your hotel is not in a central location, grab your iPod and walk the perimeter several times. You may find you did a couple of miles without realizing it. The good thing about walking is that you can find a way to do it no matter where you go.
- Hotel stairs: Want something a little heavier? Run up and down the hotel stairs. Make no mistake, running up 30 flights of stairs isn’t for the faint-hearted, but even walking up ten flights is terrific exercise. Personally, I don’t enjoy walking or running up a lot of flights of stairs, but I’ve done it the morning after over indulging to counteract the junk that will inevitably fall into my trunk.
- Workout rooms: Most hotels and resorts have a workout area that is open to residents and guests. Sometimes you’ll have to pay a fee or deposit to use the workout room, other times all you’ll need is a key.
- Pool – The hotel pool is an excellent place to get your workout on. If it’s laps you’re going for, it’s best to get them in early or later in the day before the masses begin cannonballing in. As with the workout area, as long as you can prove you’re a guest – usually with a key – you’re welcome to use the pool as often as you like.
- DVDs or TV fitness programs – Bring your favorite workout DVD with you and exercise in the privacy of your own hotel room. If your room doesn’t come with a DVD player, use your laptop. If television fitness programs are on, take advantage of them as well. If you’re working out before most people are awake, do be mindful not to bounce around too much and wake the guests in rooms under or next to you.
- Airport – If I get to the airport too early, I do one of two things: Work or locker up my stuff and go for a walk from one end of the terminal to another, as often as I need to. (During my last flight, I walked 3 1/2 miles in the Continental airlines/Newark terminal until it was time to board for my flight.)
I have decided 2010 and 2011 are the years I’m going to lose a significant amount of weight. It’s taking a lot of discipline on my part and isn’t easy at times. My biggest challenge is in working out. Fortunately, I’m learning to get creative with my walks and workouts because if I skip one day, I’ll want to skip two and then three. Making it a normal part of my routine isn’t always convenient, but it’s the most convenient way for me. Finding ways to keep it up while on the road is essential for reaching my goals.
What are some of the ways you keep fit while on business trips?