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Group Sport Fitness on the Road

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Dear Fellow Business Traveler,

For those of us that are active and like to participate in group sports like soccer, rugby, volleyball, etc., or even if you are runner and like to train with a group, it can be hard to keep up if you travel a lot.  But, it’s not impossible.  In every city you travel to there are likeminded individuals participating in all of the same activities.  In this month’s Newsletter we talk about how you can participate in your sport of choice when you are not at home.

To Your Health, 
Healthy Travel Network

squarePlay your favorite sport when you travel.

1.    a. Physical activity that is governed by a set of rules or customs and often engaged in competitively.
       b. A particular form of this activity.
2. An activity involving physical exertion and skill that is governed by a set of rules or customs and often undertaken competitively.
3. An active pastime; recreation.

If you play basketball, you can always find a pickup game by just going to almost any park.  With most other sports, it’s not as easy, but it’s not impossible.  By doing a little research and making a couple phone calls or sending a couple e-mails you can almost always find a group that would be happy to have you join in. 


There is an adult league for almost every sport under the sun.  Since league play is competitive but fun, it’s not difficult to slide in a “visitor” for a practice.  Besides, most of the time, some of the regular team members can’t make it anyway and they would be glad to have the extra body.  Most league teams practice in the evenings, which is a convenient time for most business travelers. 


To find a group in the city you are visiting, you can do an internet search for “adult group sports” in the city you are traveling to, specific to the sport you play.  Also, you can look into that city’s parks and recreation department to find useful contact information.  The YMCA and YWCA are also great resources.


Map out where you are working and staying before contacting groups, so they can help you figure out if their practice location is convenient to your location.  Once you get there, you should make sure that someone on the team you are visiting with has your emergency contact info and insurance info in case something happens.  It’s always better to be safe than sorry.


Realize that this is not your regular group and that they are graciously welcoming you into their group and their routine.  So, be prepared to go with the flow as they will most likely not do things exactly as you are used to doing them and may even use some different rules than you are accustomed to.  But, if you have an open mind, you can probably learn something new to take back to your own team. 


So, get out there and take part.  By finding a group and joining in you will get a great workout in, keep up with your sport while you are away, meet some interesting new people and have a much better trip all around.  Have fun and play well.


We’d love to hear from all of you.  Tell us if you have any great resources for our other readers to use.  Tell us about your own team or group or another group that you were able to workout with.  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

:: Play Not Watch was founded by athletes who love sports and wanted to find others who shared their passions. The site was created to be a networking site to find former teammates, new teammates, new friends, teams, leagues and pickup games.


:: Check out this site to find some Women’s Sports Groups.


:: CitySearch is an amazing resource to find sports and fitness groups.

:: YWCA and YMCA always have group activities that you can participate in.

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