Staying fit is hard enough, but staying fit when traveling through the various time zones can be even harder. After all, when you’re away from your gym or own personal fitness equipment, it can be way too easy to let your exercise routine slide, potentially unraveling all of the hard work you’ve done honing your body in an effort to improve your physical health.
Rene’ Harwood, owner of FitnessHealth Ltd, a U.K. based company that sells fitness equipment and provides fitness enthusiasts valuable information via his extensive health and fitness blog, knows this all too well. “Being a traveling businessman myself, the stress of moving from country to country can be hectic and often draining. The great thing about carrying the set is that you don’t always need a gym in your hotel.”
Certainly, you can’t pack up your elliptical, treadmill, weights, and other fitness machines and take them with you as you travel in an effort to grow your small business. Could you imagine how the TSA would respond if you did? Or what the taxi driver would do trying to get you to your accommodations with all of your bulky equipment in tow?
So, even though taking your gym with you isn’t really an option, at least not a good one anyway, that doesn’t mean that you can’t take anything at all to help you stick to your exercise routine while not in the comfort of your own surroundings. What types of things does Rene’ carry with him when he travels?
Resistance bands are very light and compact, making them great for business travel purposes. Plus, they come in varying strengths which means that you can take a few different ones with you to adequately work each muscle group in your body, thus engaging in a complete, full body workout.
You can choose to use your bands in the privacy of your hotel room or head to a local park and enjoy the fresh air and new surroundings while getting your exercise in. Either way, you’re more likely to stick to your fitness routine when you take this type of fitness equipment with you.
Another option for working your muscles when you’re away from home is suspension training equipment. What is suspension training equipment? It is various pieces of ropes and webbing that uses your own body weight as resistance, thereby working your muscles without having to carry around bulky, heavy weights.
Just like the resistance bands, these are lightweight and don’t take up much room in your carry on. Plus, they are easy to use. They simply attach to your door, allowing you to turn your hotel room into an at-home gym so you can keep your fitness routine intact regardless of where you are in the world.
Just because you can’t take your cardio equipment with you as you set out to make your small business an even greater success, that doesn’t mean that you can’t still get in a great heart strengthening workout as you travel about the globe. One way to do this is to make sure you have your athletic shoes in your case.
This allows you to walk, jog, or run your way to better health while taking in some local sights along the way. Just make sure you stick to a safe path. MapMyRun is one option that can help you locate popular running routes, or ask the hotel concierge about any areas you should avoid. If you’re going to be there a while, you may even want to join a running meetup group.
Just because you travel a lot doesn’t mean you can’t stick to your health and fitness goals. Take these three items with you and you’ll have everything you need, regardless of where your small business takes you.