Note: For a discussion of healthful eating while traveling see EAT: On the Road.
*I am terrible about exercising when traveling. There is something about hotel beds that keeps me from wanting to get out of them. Or, maybe it’s being on vacation that puts my body into full recovery mode. Either way, regular exercise suffers.
*Richard Lord gave me a simple solution for this problem…bring your jump rope. Besides being the high priest of core/abdominal/mid-section strength, Richard loves the jump rope. A speed rope is light and easy to pack. Jumping rope does not require a gym, any flat surface will do. It works your whole body and provides a cardio workout.
*Runners also have an advantage when traveling. Just pack your running shoes, shorts and a t-shirt and you are set. Plus, it gets you out and about in the area you are visiting. Runner’s World lists interesting routes to run in many cities. Their route finder tool is a great resource to turn to, when planning a trip.
*My favorite trick for making sure that I get some exercise while on the road is to plan an outdoor activity in the area being visited. This works great, because it gets you into the local environment, adds to your travel experience, and is not a routine workout. While in Texas, I was able to get in two canoe trips. Paddling around the lake meant lots of sun and lots of upper body work. Meanwhile, Alex, our creative consultant here at SEE, focused on learning to knee board.
*In Hawaii, there were lots of opportunities for outdoor activities. One morning, Alex and I swam out through the surf and back. Eileen and Katarina went snorkeling at Hanauma Bay. Another day, Eileen and I hiked up Diamond Head Crater.
*What I failed to do was get to a hotel gym, but this is another option for exercise on the road. Eileen did go to the gym at the Marriott Waikiki and had an excellent report for their facilities. I had a great conversation with Darren, a true road warrior, about staying fit on the road. He has lots of great insights about eating right and working out while traveling for business. So, stay tuned for his comments on these topics.
*One last note, the first WoW (Workout of the the Week) is up. Have fun with it!
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