One of the toughest things about business travel is keeping up with a fitness routine when you’re away from home. My job requires me to travel frequently, and for someone who sticks to a routine, I went through a lot of trial and error before finding a way to keep the wheels from falling off. I take the approach that I’m not going to gain any fitness when I’m on the road, but I’m not going to lose any either. My objective is to maintain the fitness level I’m at. If you’re someone who struggles to fit exercise into their travel itinerary, here’s a look at how I manage to balance work and fitness when I’m on the road. It starts with a plan…
Have A Plan
The first part of the plan is don’t forget to pack your workout clothes! I never travel without my running gear. In fact, it’s the first thing I pack, and you should too.
If you stick to a fitness routine, then planning isn’t new to you. Plan what kind of workout the trip allows for the same way you might plan what you’re going to pack for the trip.
In order to plan well, I come up with a strategy a week out. I know if I’m going to be traveling on days when I usually get in a particular workout, then I schedule the workout earlier in the week and shift my other runs or gym days around accordingly. I’m realistic with myself. I know I’m not going to fit in a 10-mile run when I’m in a different city so I make sure to get my long run in earlier in the week and plan for my easy run while I’m on the road.
Another simple thing I do is use one of the days as a rest day. This could be the day after a networking event or a meeting where you know you may have a few cold ones or a late night out. Most likely you can plan ahead and figure out which night this will be and instead of trying to power through a workout hungover or with no sleep, let your body recover on this day. Which leads me to my next tip: