As humans, we stick to a pretty consistent schedule day to day. We wake up at the same time each morning knowing how long it will take us to get ready and out of the door. We eat meals around the same time each day. Many of us work out around the same time each day, too. Some take an early morning run to get their blood flowing, while others hit the gym after a busy work day to release tension and stress.ticking to an exercise regimen is one of the best ways to stay healthy, fit, and stress-free. But what happens when your normal schedule is thrown off entirely?
Sticking to an exercise regimen is one of the best ways to stay healthy, fit, and stress-free. But what happens when your normal schedule is thrown off entirely? When traveling for business, your schedule is usually jam-packed from morning into the evening, leaving little time to rest, much less squeeze in a workout. Efficiency and time management take top priority in these scenarios. You might be busy, but that doesn’t mean your daily exercise regimen has to be thrown out the window as soon as you arrive.
Here are four tips on how to exercise on a business trip.
1. Use the Hotel Gym
There are a variety of ways you can get your daily dose of exercise, even if you’re traveling around the world. The most convenient way to get your workout in is if your hotel has an on-site gym. Most hotels have offer machines and workout equipment. Things like an elliptical, treadmill, stationary bike, and dumbbells are pretty standard pieces of equipment most hotels have for guests to use. While these machines may not be what you use every day back home, they will provide you with an opportunity to get a workout on the road.
2. Go for a Swim
Another great way to exercise while on a business trip is by going for a swim in the hotel pool. Swimming is one of the best low-impact forms of exercise, so almost anyone, no matter their fitness level, can benefit. Most importantly, swimming is just plain fun. Make sure to check the hotel website before you leave home to ensure there is a pool on site.
3. No Gym? No Problem
While the majority of hotels have a gym and some equipment on-site, it’s not always guaranteed. You just have to get creative. Your hotel room can turn into a private studio. Bring along your favorite workout DVD or scour the Internet for a workout how-to video. If there’s no gym, run the stairs.
There is plenty of space for mat exercises like pushups, crunches, yoga, and Pilates. Mats are thin and can fold up easily in your luggage, or you could lay down a bath towel. Resistance bands take up little room in your suitcase, too. After your workout, cool down with a walk outside.
4. Stay Active During the Day
If you feel like you’re not going to have the energy for a full workout after a long day of meetings, there’s still hope for a bit of exercise while you’re in your work clothes.
Walk as much as you can. Take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator. Instead of taking a cab everywhere, walk there. Explore the area on foot after the workday ends. Traipse around the airport instead of sitting and waiting for your plane to board. Find yourself nodding off in a meeting? Get up and take a quick walk to the bathroom to stretch your legs. After sitting all day, a bit of movement is a great thing for your body.
Making time to work out should always be a priority, whether you’re at home or on the road. With these tips on how to exercise on a business trip, staying fit while traveling doesn’t have to be a chore.
*Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in October 2014 and has since been updated for accuracy.