Travel and Stay Fit?
By Pamela Bennett, Personal Trainer & Wellness Coach,
Were quickly coming into travel season as the summer approaches and the children are on summer break. Or perhaps you travel often on business. To keep your regimen and fitness goals in focus it’s a good idea to have a plan for how you will get your workout in while others are thinking about playing. Here’s 5 simple things you can do to prevent picking up the pounds.
- In the same manner in which you plan your tours, excursions and meal time you must schedule your workout. Scheduling your workout will help you to prevent picking up the pounds. The best time to schedule your workout is first thing in the morning. “Get it in”, this way there’s no excuses. You’ll be energized for the rest of the day and feel accomplished. Even with early meetings you can plan a lap in the hotel pool, a run or power walk around town, while the surrounding area of your hotel is asleep. Bring a colleague along for company. You’ll be able to hit the shower and dressed before most have begun to open their eyes.
- Eat your first meal within the first 30 minutes of waking up. It’s a good idea call for room service the night before so that it can be delivered shortly after your wakeup call. This will jump start your metabolism for the day and provide the energy necessary, if you’ve planned to work out or have an early meeting.
- When eating out in restaurants choose meals that are high in protein. Protein provides satiety and will hold you until your next meal. It also can reduce your craving for refined sugars which just zap your energy not long after consuming them. It’s also a good idea to browse the restaurant menu online and make your choice prior to arriving. This is a good way to hold yourself accountable.
- Choose evening activities that are calorie burning. Scout the local dance hall or night club. You can certainly burn calories shaking a leg. You’ll release stress as well. If night clubs are not your thing, take a walk to see the sights or shop.
- Before going to bed get a good stretch in. Hold the plank position for 30 seconds at a time for up to 2 minutes. Stretch your hamstrings, quads and get a few sets of butt lifts before you retire. Drink a glass of water and retire early. You’ve had a long day working or playing and your body needs rest