Dear Fellow Business Traveler,
The holidays are filled with fun, family, and food, but unfortunately,
not with a lot of physical activity. Finding ways to maintain your
exercise routine and get your family up and moving will help you
de-stress and provide a fun alternative to the usual “couch potato”
monotony of a family visit.
As always, happy and healthy travels!
To Your Health,
Customer Service, Healthy
Finding Time for Fitness at
If you’re staying home for the holidays, take a break from your usual
fitness routine and try something new.
- Schedule a joint workout
session with a friend, ahead of time. Keeping your appointment with
your friend will give you an excuse to escape the family for a few
- Set your alarm for an early
morning walk or jog.
- Treat yourself to a yoga or
Pilates video that you can pop into the VCR in your bedroom before
everyone else awakens.
- Book a tennis, racquetball, or
squash court with a friend.
Getting Active with the Family
Look for creative ways to get the family up and moving.
- Bundle everyone up for a walk
after dinner to look at the neighborhood holiday lights and decorations.
- Insist on visiting the
department store at the far end of the mall.
- If you live within walking
distance of a nice café or restaurant, walk to lunch or dinner.
If not everyone wants to walk, let someone drive and meet you there.
- Take the kids ice-skating or
roller-skating and lace up!
- Park at the farthest corner of
the lot at the mall.
- Schedule a family tennis,
basketball, or badminton tournament.
- Build a snowman or go
- Take everyone for nine holes of
golf at a par three golf course.
Staying Fit on the Road
Staying with family over the holidays makes it
especially challenging to find time (and equipment) for exercise, as
well as eat healthy. Plan ahead and be creative.
- Check online for nearby fitness
centers. Most usually have a nominal fee for a day pass. Try www.healthclubs.com.
- Plot out a walking or running
route. Check out www.runtheplanet.com for routes
in cities throughout the US. Didn’t find anything nearby? Then plot
your own route and submit it to the site!
- Bring exercise bands and an
“in-room” workout program
- Plan on early morning exercise,
before everyone expects to see you at the breakfast table.
- Bring or make a healthy
side-dish or dessert to the family dinner.
Planning is the Key to Success
Just as with fitness for business travel, finding
exercise time during a family visit requires establishing goals and
planning ahead. Use the worksheet provided below to plot your course to
For more help with travel fitness goal setting, read our
2004 articles in the North Carolina Journal for Women.
Travel Fitness Goal Worksheet
- Define your goals.
- Make sure they are SMART and
achievable within the constraints of your holidays.
- Schedule specific activities to
help you achieve your goal.
- Pack your holiday fitness
calendar in your suitcase or tape it to your bathroom mirror!
Walking with family or friends
Walking to/from meals or shopping
Exercises with bands or tubing
Cross country skiing
Building a snowman
and New Year's 2004
..:: Read tips
eating on the road, by Phyllis Barrier, a nuitrition consultant and
Travel Network was quoted and
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Travel Network was featured in a Business
Week Online article about travel fitness. From the article:
"It's so easy to fall into
the trap. You've got dinner with clients. There's lobster bisque on the
menu and double-chocolate cheesecake on the dessert cart. Another
bottle of cabernet? Sure. Then it's up at six the next morning to
finish your presentation. No time to stop in the hotel gym. You work on
your upper-arm strength by lifting a cruller and coffee before the
the full article about travel fitness. Note, free registration is
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..:: Healthy Travel Network was
featured in the October issue of the Fitness
is Fun newsletter of the President's Challenge Physical Activity and
Fitness Awards Program.
..:: Want a
treadmill delivered to your hotel room? Check out InRoomFitness
to find a hotel that will let you run in your room!
..:: Run the Planet
is an online running community that provides free information about
running trails and routes in cities throughout the world.