While I’m away in Europe for work for a few weeks, I have a few guest posts from some awesome bloggers. Today’s post comes to you from Coco of Running with Perseverance with her strategy on how to stay fit on business trips. Since it’s the main focus of the month of February for me, I thought it was a perfect tie-in for her to share her tips with you! I’m fortunate to get to see Coco in “real life” since we work right nearby each other. Enjoy!
I have to admit that I’m a bit jealous of Cynthia right now. Yes, I know she’s working hard on her Business Trip, but I also know that she’s going to have an amazing time visiting fantastic cities in Europe and meeting incredibly talented people. Instead of sulking in sour grapes, I offered to share my suggestions for staying fit on Business Trips.
Last year, business trips took me to Boston, New York City, Chicago (several times), Miami, Austin, Dallas, and San Jose. So far this year I have business trips scheduled to New York City in February, San Diego in March, Kansas City in May, and San Francisco in June. I’ll be putting these tips into practice to keep up with my training while I’m away from home.
Plan Ahead. I have found that, like most things, the key to fitting in exercise on a business trip is planning ahead. Review your itinerary, identify when you might have a spare hour, where you will be, and what options you will have. Which hotels have a gym? Which towns have a running path? Which areas are walkable?
I love running in Chicago!
Pack A Variety Of Gear. I hate packing, mostly because I hate deciding what to wear in advance, so I usually pack my workout gear first. Depending on your plans, bring outfits to wear in the Hotel Gym (t-shirt, shorts) and clothes and gear for running outside. This may require pulling up the Weather Channel app to find out what the weather will be, and packing layers to ensure you have options if the forecast changes.
Prioritize. If you are training for your “A” event of the season and visiting a ho-hum city, you probably will want to make training your priority, and figure out how to keep up with your program as much as possible using hotel gyms, hotel room workouts, and any outdoor runs or studio classes you may be able to fit in. (I am so impressed that Cynthia checks out studio classes when she travels–I’ve never been that organized!) Otherwise, consider making exploring and enjoying the area your priority–get up early for a walk or run before your first meeting, ask the concierge about “must see” sights within walking or running distance, and encourage colleagues to join you on a walk before or after dinner.
You may have to arrive early to get the machine you want at this hotel gym!
Download Workout Videos And Apps. Even when I plan to run outside or use the hotel gym, I make sure to have back-up options that I can do in my hotel room. Download Workout Videos to your iPad, Kindle Fire or laptop, load up your smart phone with a few workout apps (my all-time favorite is this free app), and don’t forget that you can access workouts on YouTube and other sites if you have wi-fi in your room.
Be Flexible. We all know that even the best laid plans can go awry, and that seems to be particularly true when it comes to traveling. If your flight is delayed or your meeting runs long, you may not be able to get in the workout you planned. Before you throw in the towel and head to the hotel bar, consider your other options. A walk outside can work wonders after a long trip, and even a short yoga sequence can help counteract all those hours of sitting.
You can read more from Coco at Running With Perseverance, like her Facebook page, and follow her on Twitter and Instagram, and stop by when she co-hosts the Ultimate Coffee Date Link Up the first Saturday of the month.
How do you keep up with your fitness program on business trips?
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