To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.
–Buddha or possibly the Internet
Whether you’re a meeting planner flying out to set up an event, a sales manager visiting clients or a travel journalist setting off on your next journey through the spice-filled alleys of Morocco, you probably find it daunting to carve out time to work out.
As someone who has struggled with various health and weight issues, working out for 45 to 60 minutes every day is a necessity. But while it’s easy enough to find the time before or after a typical workday or on the weekend, it can be difficult when, while traveling, you can’t find the gym you’re accustomed to.
Sure, luxury hotels and resorts usually have extensive gyms, but what happens when you’re traveling on a budget or stuck on an extended layover and need to find an inexpensive place to crash for the night?
When there isn’t an adequate gym handy, I follow a simple workout routine that’s easy to implement while on the road. To begin, I often start with the basic calisthenics of pushups, crunches, squats, lunges, heel raises and, if the ceiling permits, jumping jacks. I typically do 10 of each and then repeat until I am out of breath. By limiting myself to minimal rest periods between each set, I create a maintenance program for my body that works on both my cardiovascular system and muscle endurance.
Getting in about 20 to 30 minutes before you hit the shower can really make the difference in your energy level while traveling and can help your immune system, especially as our diets often suffer while traveling or on holiday. In addition, this continual exercise can help your body keep its muscle memory routine and regulate stress levels.
Of course, another alternative is to get in some jogging or biking, but depending on where you’re traveling, this may not always be available or safe.
For more on staying healthy on the road, read our March 2013 cover story “Bad Attitude Blues.”