Keeping Your Workout Schedule When Traveling

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    Jun 13, 2007 3:59 AM GMT
    This week I'm in Fargo for three days and in Vermont for two days. I've found the decent local gyms, checked out hours of operation, and talked with the managers and arranged day passes. But, honestly, I'd rather spent my evenings in my hotel room and sipping scotch and ordering room service. Any advice on staying motivated when on the road?
  • Starboard

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    Jun 13, 2007 1:54 PM GMT
    Between jet lag, eating alone in unfamiliar restaurants, uncomfortable beds leading to sleepless nights, and the general stress of a biz trip, it can get really hard to find the motivation to workout. I never set the bar very high for my workouts when I am traveling -- my goal is to just "maintain" and not necessarily achieve the ball's out "gonna be sore tomorrow" workout which is the usual goal. I find that telling myself "we're gonna go light today" in the beginning helps me to at least get into the door of the gym or hotel fitness center, and once I am there I usually end up having a fairly decent workout. When things are really bad (meetings all day and engagements in the evening), I will at least do a few sets of sit ups and push ups in my hotel room....
  • Laurence

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    Jun 13, 2007 2:21 PM GMT
    It depends on whether you travel a lot or not. If you don't, and are only away occasionally, then missing a few days at the gym won't do you any harm and will probably give your muscles a break (that's not an excuse to hit the buffet though..haha).

    If you travel a lot I think Starboard's advice sounds good. Maybe hit the gym heavy when at home and do things like sit-ups and press-ups in your hotel whilst away. If your hotel's got a gym than you're sorted. if you travel a lot then maybe you might need to source an exercise routine that you can do without weights or a gym...lots of magazines do those army circuit sort of rountines, which are tough, but look effective.

    Good luck.


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    Jun 13, 2007 8:32 PM GMT
    Great advice, guys, thanks! I end up traveling anywhere from two to four times a month, and the hotel gyms aren't the best. The idea of setting the bar a little lower and being happy with SOME better than NONE makes the thought of working out easier to handle on five hours of sleep and in a little cube of a room with a 10-year-old treadmill. :)
  • MikemikeMike

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    Jun 13, 2007 10:16 PM GMT

    I always pack push up bars, and do reverse tricept push ups -all u need is a chair for that. For cardio go for a run- pretty easy one there. Lastly tuck ur feet under bed put clean towel on the floor and do a situps. I do at least 3 sets of 50 minimum.

    Good Luck!