Part 2 of Staying Healthy on the Road
From the desk of Stacy Slawitsky, RYT…. Easy Ways to Exercise at Your Locale
For several years, I was a corporate road warrior, traveling to many parts of the country, sometimes for weeks at a time. Let’s face it: work travel can take its toll on your mind and body, and it’s hard to stick to good habits when your daily schedule is always changing.
1. Choose wisely: Pick your hotel based on its fitness offerings
I have seen the growth of hotel and gym cross-promotion over the past few years. There’s Sports Club LA/Ritz Carlton, Exhale/Fairmont, just to name a few. See if these brands are on your company’s preferred hotel list. Be aware that you may be charged a daily gym fee but most companies reimburse these fees as travel expenses.
Have no fear if you are not staying in a metropolitan area. A Holiday Inn I stayed at in Nebraska had an arrangement where guests could use a local gym in town. The bottom line is, seek and you shall find.
2. Ask and you shall receive: Leverage local gyms in the area
If the hotel gym doesn’t do it for you, check out gyms in the area. I have walked into gyms, explained my desire to maintain my fitness routine away from home and have walked away with complimentary guest passes for the duration of my stay. It doesn’t hurt to ask, most like-minded fitness managers will empathize with you.
3. Land safely: Do yoga
Sitting on a plane for hours coupled with the stress of getting to your destination can result in stiff joints and an agitated mind upon arrival. Relieve all of that with the power of a yoga class. It’s easy as going on Yelp to find a class in your area that suits your needs.
4. Hop to it: Invest in a jump rope
Easy to pack and could be done in the comfort of your room (although this could result in some angry neighbors), jumping rope burns approximately 14 calories a minute (Mayo Clinic) so start jumping!
5. Kill two birds: Go site seeing and get your run on
One of the biggest complaints I have heard and experienced from work travel is not being able to explore the locale you were working in. Get a workout in and check out your locale by mapping a run around town using MapMyRun (www.mapmyrun.com).
6. Most important: Listen to what your body needs
Be mindful that any kind of travel can be physiologically taxing so listen to your body. I used to think that my workouts always had to be at maximum intensity. So on the road I would push my limits and then wind up being less productive at work because I was so drained from the travel/workout combo. Remember that a 20 minute walk around town is better than nothing so if that’s what your body is craving then go with that!
Would love to hear your tips for exercising on the road!
Stacy Slawitsky, RYT
Certified Yoga Teacher
Stacy’s journey with yoga began in Manhattan as a means to relieve the stress of a demanding job on Wall Street. Her discovery of PranaVayu-Vinyasa yoga opened her mind and body in transformational ways. Her passion to share these practices with others led her to complete her 200-hour PranaVayu teacher training with founder David Magone.
Stacy continues to further her training through Buddhist meditation and philosophy workshops with the Buddhist Chaplain of Harvard University, Lama Migmar Tseten, and yoga instructors throughout Boston and New York. Her yoga classes encourage students to be kind to themselves by practicing patience and positivity with their asana practice, while playing a variety of good tunes along the way.