Ways to Reduce Travel Stress with Exercise

This week’s guest post is from Mike Manning. Mike is new to the blogging world. When he approached me about guest blogging, I really connected with his idea of sharing different ways of thinking about exercising when traveling – something I am pretty familiar with and I know we can all use inspiration around. Plus one of this posts is about positivity.  Positivity? Taking care of your body? What’s not to like.  🙂

You can find Mike at his blog: http://mikemanningmusings.blogspot.com

Ways to Reduce Travel Stress with Exercise

The irregular schedules and unfamiliar surroundings frequently faced by travelers can result in high stress. Busy agendas and other factors compound the stress by making it difficult to get good exercise and proper nutrition on trips away from home. Vacationers occasionally experience these difficulties, but business travelers cope with them on a regular basis. In fact, frequent travelers tend to have overall poorer health than others. Planning and implementing a fitness program for your time away from home can greatly decrease travel-related stress as well as improve your overall health.

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Start by planning for success.

  • Before leaving home, learn about the place where you will be traveling.
  • Find out if your lodging will be near a local running track or trail open to the public.
  • If you are booking your own hotel, find accommodations at a place with a well-equipped gym, running trails or other fitness amenities onsite.

On a recent trip to Maui I was able to book a hotel with a 24-hour gym by searching through travel reviews site before booking. The site I used, called Gogobot, made it easy to scan through a list of Maui hotels and from there I could discern which ones had the right fitness amenities.

Also pack for success.

  • Don’t forget those workout clothes, and always bring a refillable water bottle with you to help you remain hydrated as well as avoid the temptation of purchasing sugary or caffeinated drinks that can sabotage your personal fitness plan.
  • In order to get a powerful workout in a small spaces and short period of time, consider bringing portable workout equipment. This might be a simple workout band, a TRX trainer or a yoga mat.

In transit, you can also find ways to get some exercise. Many airports have begun catering to health-conscious travelers. At these airports, you can find such amenities as designated walking areas and Zen rooms for relaxation, meditation and yoga.

On your flight, take a few moment every hour or so to perform simple in-flight exercises. These should include simple stretches such as:

  • stretching over your head
  • side bends
  • gentle neck rolls
  • ankle rolls
  • as well as exercises such as knee lifts.

This will help to improve blood flow and circulation, and you should be able to minimize common discomforts such as stiffness, cramping and swelling.

Throughout your travels, remember to be realistic about your fitness level.

Travelers simply don’t have much time.

You probably won’t get a full hour workout completed at the hotel fitness center, but you can squeeze in 15 or 20 minutes of exercise before breakfast or in the evening after meetings. On incredibly busy trips, maximize your opportunities by getting a 10-minute workout with your chair and an exercise band between afternoon meetings. Do little things like taking the stairs instead of the elevator. When it comes to fitness and travel, each small thing counts. Every step takes you closer to your fitness goal.

More info on exercise and travel:

CNN – “Beating the stress of business travel” – http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/03/travel/beating-the-stress-of-business-travel

Gogobot – Travel reviews site for research – http://www.gogobot.com/

USA Today – “Airports get into the fitness craze for stressed travelers” – http://travel.usatoday.com/flights/story/2012-02-20/Airports-get-into-the-fitness-craze-for-stressed-travelers/53177398/1



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