Dear Fellow Business Traveler,
Finding time to exercise while you travel is challenging. As with any
other goal, success starts with planning and commitment.
In this issue, I share a few easy tips for defining your travel fitness
goal, planning for success, and achieving it.
To Your Health,
Customer Service, Healthy
Determine the Constraints
We're subject to many unknowns when traveling. Before you can define a
realistic travel fitness goal, you need to research the constraints
within which you'll have to operate.
Remember these tips:
..:: 1. When
booking your hotel, call ahead, check Healthy Travel Network's Fit
Hotel directory, or check out www.airportgyms.com to get details about
available exercise facilities.
..:: 2. If no
facility is available, brainstorm alternative activities such as
running, walking, or an in-room workout.
Define Your Goals
We're familiar with defining goals for client and vendor
meetings; do the same with your fitness goals for your trip. For
example, your goal might be to exercise at least once during the trip
or to begin and end each day with 15 minutes of stretching.
When defining your goals:
..:: 3. Be
flexible within the constraints imposed by your travel schedule and
logistics. If your goal is to run everyday, but the hotel location
isn't safe, look for alternatives such indoor biking, treadmill, or
simply climbing the stairs in the stairwell.
..:: 4. Make your
goal realistic and achievable. If your goal is to workout for an hour
everyday, but you have a 10-hour client meeting, adjust your
expectations and goal for that day.
..:: 5. Record your
goal in your day planner or email it to yourself.
..:: 6. Pack
appropriately, according to the weather and type of activity that
You've figured out logistics and defined achievable
goals. Now make a commitment to yourself to success.
..:: 7. On the
outbound plane ride, review your goal. Is it realistic and achievable?
..:: 8. Schedule
your workout time on your calendar, and commit to keeping your
..:: 9. Say "No
thanks!" to co-workers and clients who infringe on your personal
appointment times. Treat your personal fitness appointments with
the same respect and commitment that you would a client appointment.
..:: 10. At the
end of your trip, celebrate your success with a family member, friend,