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Running is the Cheapest Exercise

Dear Fellow Business Traveler,

If you've ever seen Forest Gump, you'll remember the part where he starts running and just can't stop.  He ends running across the entire country and back.  There's just something about running (outdoors) that is exhilarating and somewhat liberating.  In this month's Newsletter we talk about running and what a truly great activity it is.  Best of all, it doesn't really cost anything to do.

To Your Health, 
Healthy Travel Network

squareYou can run anywhere.

1. The act or an instance of running.
2. The power or ability to run.
3. Sports The exercise or sport of someone who runs.

Running is by far the cheapest and easiest way to burn calories, improve your overall health, and do so all with basically no equipment whatsoever.  The best part about it is that you can do it anywhere.  No matter where you travel, you can always find a place to run.


The one expense that it is worth spending a little money on is a good pair of running shoes.  Find an actual running shoe store and get fitted by a professional.  It won’t cost you anything more and you’ll be happy you did.  Trust us, you need to let go of the idea of buying shoes based on your favorite colors or brand names and get the best pair for your feet and your biomechanics. 


If you haven’t run in a while, or ever, make sure you build up to the big runs.  Don’t just head out and take on 5, 10 or 26.2 miles.  You need to get the body and the muscles properly trained to take on any sort of distance running.  Start by just working on intervals like running for 3 minutes, walking for 1 minute, etc.  Then, build up from there.  Also, you should always be mindful of your pace.  The tendency is to start out too fast because you have a lot of energy and then burn out fast.  Slow and steady really does win the race.


Here are a few tips to keep in mind when running while you travel:


  • Be sure and stay hydrated. If you are traveling in foreign countries where tap water may be an issue, be sure to drink plenty of bottled water.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings and don’t get lost while out on runs.  It might be a good idea to take a personal GPS device with you.
  • If you are traveling alone and staying in a hotel, let someone at the hotel know where you are running to (after asking them about the area), when you expect to be back and give them your emergency contact information.
  • It’s always a good idea to carry a bit of spare currency on you in case you injure yourself or run into inclement weather and need to make a call, catch a cab or even get some food or beverages. 
  • Be aware that in other countries drivers do not always give the right away to pedestrians.  So run/jog/walk defensively and always be aware of the traffic around you.
  • If you are listening to music while you run, make sure the volume is not up too loud.  Not only can it lead to hearing loss, but can block outside noises that you may need to hear for your own safety.  You may even want to leave one earphone out so you can definitely hear what’s going on around you.


Always use common sense and good judgment and you’ll enjoy running that much more for a long time. 


We’d love to hear from all of you.  Tell us your favorite city to run in and you favorite route.  Or share the most memorable run you’ve had.  This will be a good way to exchange ideas and help other travelers with your experience.  Just send us an e-mail to customerservice@healthytravelnetwork.com.

squareMore Helpful Information

:: Check out Run the Planet for tons of useful information about running routes, training, shoes and more.


:: Runner’s World is your source for new and information about the world of running


:: For some more tips, check out the Run-Down Tips Page.  You should also visit their homepage and check out their community.  It’s a great resource to find running clubs, runners and other useful connections.

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Run the Planet
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Run-Down Tips Page