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    Tips for getting a great workout on the road.

Support Groups

..:: People who train together stay together.  When you are able to go through something with other people that are also going through the same thing, it is a great motivator. Plus, you know that you are not alone. Whether it is an organization like Weight Watchers or just a local fitness group, there are a lot of benefits to being around people with the same goals.
Of course when you travel, you don't always have that same support.  But with today's technology, even when you are away you are not apart. Make it a point to e-mail the people in your group and keep your cell phone handy.


Behavior Change

..:: If you have a bad habit that you are trying to get rid of so that you can adopt a more healthy lifestyle, you should replace the bad habit with a positive counterpart.  Instead of just dropping the bad habit, find something that you can do in place of it. This will help create more lasting results and help to keep the body, mind and spirit in balance.


Goal Setting

..:: Working out on the road is like working out at home. It requires planning and commitment.

..:: Determine the constraints that you'll be faced with during your trip. Will you be time challenged? Equipment challenged? Perhaps you're a running who will be visiting Vermont in the winter.

..:: While you are planning your itinerary, set your travel fitness goals. Make your goals SMART: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely.

..:: If you made time-based goals, schedule appointments with yourself on your calendar.

..:: Develop mitigation strategies for dealing with people, things, and circumstances that may prevent you from reaching your goals. For example, your co-workers may pressure you to skip your workout; rehearse your firm "No thanks" response.

..:: Check out this article on how to say no gracefully. The article deals with not taking on too many commitments, but the same principles apply to peer pressure.

..:: Write your goals down in a journal or email them to yourself.

..:: Review your goals on the plane ride.

..:: Celebrate your success with a family member, friend, or co-worker.

..:: Read our two part series on travel fitness goal setting:
..:: Read our article on holiday travel fitness goal setting.


Hotel Room Workouts

..::  Take your VersaStick with you to get a complete full-body workout in your hotel room.

..::  Check outthe many variations on hotel room workouts on our News & Resources page.


Fitness Facilities

..:: When planning your itinerary, find out the fitness options at your hotel.

..:: Check our Fit Hotels directory to get detailed descriptions of facilities.

..:: Staying near the airport? Check out www.airportgyms.com to find nearby gyms.

..:: Use the Fit for Business search to find more great fitness centers to visit in your travels.

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