Choose a hotel with a swimming pool. Swimming is a great, low-impact exercise for all fitness levels. You can even walk lengths of the pool – the water resistance gives your workout more oomph.
Hit the gym
Make sure the hotel you’ll be staying at has some kind of fitness room. Check its Web site or call ahead to find out what equipment it offers and what its operating hours are. If it doesn’t have a fitness room, ask about nearby fitness centers. Some hotels have agreements that allow guests to use the centers during their stay.
Take a walk
Put on tennis shoes and take a walk around the hotel facilities. You’ll burn calories and get familiar with your surroundings. Ask hotel staff about nearby walking trails or malls that open early for walkers. Also, try wearing a pedometer to keep track of your steps. It’s a great motivator to keep you moving.
Pack a resistance band or a workout DVD. They don’t take up much suitcase room and let you work up a sweat in the privacy of your own room. Check local stations for exercise programs or yoga workouts as well.
Plan your fitness time as you would a business meeting or dinner date. If it’s on your calendar, you’ll be less likely to skip it.
Another important part of keeping fit on the road is eating smart. It’s easy to indulge in road-trip food and overdo it on tempting desserts. But too much of a good thing can sap your energy and increase your weight. Some simple things you can do:
Eat a better breakfast
When you hit the breakfast buffet, skip the pastries and fill up on lean protein, fresh fruits and whole-grain toast or oatmeal. You’ll be more energized and less likely to snack on junk later. Many hotels offer free breakfast buffets with plenty of healthier options to choose from, and most Radisson Hotels & Resorts in the U.S. offer Tasteful Choices lifestyle menu options.
Most restaurants put more on a plate than one person should eat at a single sitting. Don’t feel obligated to clean your plate – consider splitting the meal with a friend.
It takes about 20 minutes for the stomach’s message of “I’ve had enough” to reach the brain. Sip your water, eat slowly and give your body time to figure out when to stop.
Keeping fit on the road doesn’t need to be hard. Stay active and eat smart, and you’ll enjoy your time away – and hit the ground running when you get back home.
– Courtesy of Family Features