We are creatures of habit.
We rely on our daily routines to get us to and from our exercise programs/regimes on a consistent basis.
Anything that disrupts that routine, such as travel, can through that lifestyle into a tailspin.
However, with thought, planning and research you can keep right on track with your fitness goals. Going out of town doesn't have to mean getting out of shape.
Gone are the days when hotels fitness centers needed a little fitness finesse themselves. Nowadays, hotels need to stay competitive with one another, which in turn has led to big health pay-offs for the consumer. There is a fantastic book available in book stores or on line called “The Athletic-Minded Traveler”. It lists and ranks hotels all over the country based on their fitness facilities and/or nearby recreation/workout facilities. In fact, many hotels now offer mini-health clubs that can rival an actual gym in terms of both equipment and service. Additionally, many hotels have personal trainers on call to help you stay motivated while away from home.
Check the hotel websites when making your travel plans to find out which hotels offer what services. Also, find out if there is a charge for using the gym, the hours of operation and what type of equipment it is stocked with.
Another alternative is "Room Service". For those of you traveling along the eastern seaboard, particularly the northern areas (New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine), the California coast and even a few select areas on our own east coast here in Florida, you may be able to order up a workout along with your chef salad. In select hotels you can call the front desk and custom order your workouts including what size of dumbbells you want. Other hotels save you the call and have begun equipping fitness traveler’s rooms with Stairmasters, treadmills and rowing machines.
Finally, be flexible.
If all else fails, remember that you don’t need a health club to workout.
You can go for a walk or a run, work-up a great sweat and explore a new area all at the same time. You can take your workout to an area park and use a sitting bench to do push-ups (working the chest), triceps dips and step-ups for the gluteus, quadriceps, hamstrings and calves. Another alternative is to rent a bike. Most reputable bike shops offer hourly and/or daily rentals for bikes. Take your trip off the beaten path and explore your surroundings like never before.
Keeping you and your body in motion and your muscles in action will keep you from feeling like you're “starting over” when you return home!
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