Here is another short post with a very simple idea that can help you, the business traveler, maintain your health and fitness while on business travel.
Prepare before you travel
When booking your trip, if you can, choose a hotel in an area that will allow you to get in some walking or running.
As I’ve said in an earlier post, one of the easiest things you can do to maintain your fitness level while traveling can be summed up in one word: Preparation
Every business traveler is going to have slightly different circumstances and it will not always be possible to try out or implement some or any of the tips suggested here.
I am not always able to implement all of them, and sometime none of them. However, I adapt my approach to the realities of my upcoming trip.
Mapping technology today is phenomenal, use it!
Walk the “last mile”
Once your hotel is selected and you’ve prepared and mapped out your route, plan on walking the last mile. Simply put, if you are taking a taxi/uber/car service from the airport to your hotel/office. Plan on where you will be dropped off and walk the final “mile” to your destination. I put “mile” in quotes as it obviously does not have to be a full mile. It could be less, it could be more. When I have done this in the past and still do, I plan to walk for a minimum of 20 minutes and preferably as close to 30 minutes as possible.
Walk the “first mile”
This idea is simply the reverse of the first idea. Again, as with any of my tips for staying fit while traveling, they may not always be achievable based on your location, meetings, agenda and company, if you are traveling with colleagues.
Check out of your hotel, bring your suitcase to your office or customer meeting and Walk the “first mile” in the direction of your transportation hub. (Airport, Train Station, Bus Station, etc. )
When you have walked enough, obviously that will depend on your location, available time and even the weather, Hail a ride to your final destination.
One of the incredibly positive things about the technological revolution we have been living through is the numerous options we consumers have today.
As part of your Preparation as discussed earlier, you will be looking at what ride hailing apps or services are available in your location. I’m not going to get into the politics of these services, but I am a strong advocate of “on demand” services, such as Uber, Lyft, Gett, MyTaxi, etc…
Uber started a revolution and there are very few cities I have been to in the past 8 years that does not have some form ride hailing, on demand car service available.
Use these services to your advantage in your quest to maintain your health and fitness while traveling.
As part of your preparation, you may want to think about your wardrobe.
One trick I learned long ago is to make certain I have one extra set of clothes to travel in. Traveling long distances in wet, sweaty or uncomfortable clothes is not pleasant. As you’re packing for the return part of your journey, pack the clothes you will travel in last. This way, after your walk, when you get to your transportation hub, you have easy access to clean clothes and can change for a pleasant trip home.
After walking the “first mile” and hailing my ride to the airport, I will make a bee-line to the lounge (If my travel hub has a loung that I have access to as part of my loyalty programs) and change into my travel clothes. If no lounge is available, obviously a rest-room/bathroom will have to do.
Another travel tip that I learned is to pack one or two medium to large sized plastic bags. You can use these to pack your sweaty or soiled clothes and not get the rest of your clothes digusting for the trip home. 🙂
Maintaining your fitness while traveling does not mean you alway have to have heart pumping, sweat inducing workouts.
Subtle adjustments to how approach your trips and striving to incorporate movement into your routine as much as possible will pay large dividends in your quest.
As always, I encourage you to give me your tips and ideas on what you do to maintain your health and fitness while on business travel.