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Travel Like An Athlete

Travel Like An Athlete
(
Chances Are You're Already Trying to Train Like One)

In a previous life, I would spend more than 60% of my time on the road, waking up in strange hotel rooms all over the place.  Learning how to stay fit on the road has been a process for me, and getting a quality workout can be a challenge. Hotels never have a great gym, road food is usually heavy and there is always a shortage of time.  Not to worry, here are a few tools that help make sure your fitness doesn’t suffer when hitting the road.

 

Prioritize sleep

You need to sleep at least 8.5 hours a night to be operating at your physical and emotional peak.  Try to pick flights or arrange your day to allow you to get a full night’s sleep.  The best way to get a good night sleep is to prioritize it. That may mean traveling the night before if you have a morning meeting.  

 

Choose High Intensity

A short but intense workout is much more beneficial for your body than a sustained moderate one.  In as little as 10 minutes you can get an effective workout in and be back to your day.   Here is an awesome travel workout.  This is one round.  Ideally, go for 8 to 10 rounds.  Time yourself to see how long it takes you to get through one round and then each round try and beat that time.

  • 10 Squats
  • 10 Squat Jumps
  • 10 Lunges
  • 10 Lunge Jumps
  • 10 Wide Arm Pushups
  • 10 Regular Pushups
  • 10 Narrow Pushups

 

Sneak in Some Stretching:

It takes two minutes to make change in your  soft tissue.  I wear a digital watch with a timer and find 2-4 minute gaps in my day to stretch my body.  Pick a stretch and hold it for 2 minutes, switch to the other side, done.  Shin to wall is my current favorite as it helps relieve tension in my hip flexors and low back.  This is especially helpful when traveling as you have liking been sitting for long periods of time.  Also, I make sure to spend 8-10 minutes of stretching before I go to bed.   

 

Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure I hope these tips you stay motivated and moving while hitting the road. 

Fy Feet Running