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Traveling Fitness CAN be Fun and Healthy too

Traveling Healthy IS Possible …Read on folks !

Hey Folks,

Just wanted to share some of what my friends and I talked about on traveling either for work or pleasure and keeping fit.

Hope you will respond with your ideas too !  🙂

For several years, I was a corporate road warrior, traveling to many parts of the country, even overseas, 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.

Here are some tips that I used to keep my body moving while traveling for work: 

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 many companies reimburse these fees as travel expenses.
Have no fear if you are not staying in a metropolitan area. I stayed in a Holiday Inn and had an arrangement whereby guests could use a local gym in town.
Other times will do hotel room exercises in either circuits like 50 seconds of activity then rest 10 before doing another exercise. For example, bodyweight squats, pullups using a towel over the top of a door, and pushups with my feet elevated on the bed or handstand pushups against the wall, then finish with some hanging leg raises, or edge of bed leg raises. Doing each for 50 seconds, resting for 10 seconds before continuing with the next exercise. Repeat this cycle 3 to 4 times depending on your present fitness level.
Remember with any exercise activity to build up the intensity as well as the duration folks.
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 work 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. 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 some relaxing yoga either at a local gym or even your hotel room.
4. Invest in a jump rope. 
It’s easy to pack and you can use this in the comfort of your room. (Although this could result in some angry neighbors!) Jumping rope burns approximately 14 calories a minute according to the Mayo Clinic, so start jumping!
5. Kill two birds: Go sight-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 place 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. Listen to what your body needs (most important!) 
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’d 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! If that’s what your body is craving then go with that!
Would love to hear your tips for tips for staying fit on the road! 
Enjoy Boundrylessly Healthy Travel !!
Healthy travel...do some Yoga

Healthy travel…do some Yoga

 

 

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When making something a Habit is a Good Thing ~

Make health babits fun with a partner

Make health habits fun with a partner

Hi Folks,

Over the last few months, I’ve spent a bit of time working with some of my friends who happen to be a group of fantastic fitness experts to see if our collective ideas   could change people’s lives.

But what I’ve found in doing research and working with some of my friends is that the most important thing isn’t some secret ideal fitness plan … but forming the habit of fitness.

It’s the habit, not the plan, that makes all the difference in the world.

It’s fascinating, really. I’ve found that you can give beginners 10 different fitness plans — yoga, running, Crossfit, TurboFire, P90X, bootcamp workouts, MoveNat, etc. — and they can all fail. Why? Because it doesn’t matter how good the workout is, or how good the diet is … if people don’t actually follow the plan.

The problem really is not that people don’t know what kind of exercises to do … they generally do know what they should be doing. And really, no matter what people choose, it’ll (generally) be better than nothing. It’s much better to do body-weight exercises, or run, or do yoga, or play a sport, than to do no activity at all.

So how do you get people to do something, rather than nothing?

It’s not even a matter of motivation.

You can motivate people to get active — for a day or three.

That’s not the hard part. The hard part is figuring out how to get them to stick to it.

When I first started outdoor hiking and exercising on a regular basis in 2000, I knew that I could get myself to do it for a few days, because I’d done it a dozen times before. But in those numerous attempts there were times it was a challenge to attain any lasting difference in my health, fitness level, or weight.

Then I applied the same principles that worked for changing any habit, and it stuck. A year later, after enjoying numeous weekly outdoor workouts attained a study flow that works regardless if doing exercises, Tai Chi, or walking mediation hiking.

What was the secret? Motivation?

A good exercise plan?

Not really …

Instead…..

It was learning to create the habit , and figuring out how to make that habit stick.

It was that simple.

And yet, none of the major fitness programs really addresses this.

I can’t understand why — having a set of DVDs is worthless if you don’t stick to it for longer than a week, or even a month or two.

Working out really hard for two months is great, but what happens after that? Do you keep going?

Usually the answer is no — and that’s if people can even make it to two months. Usually they can’t.

In addition to the habit stuff, my suggestion is to make it a group effort who ….

  • want to learn how to form the habit of exercise, and
  • want to learn how to eat healthily and mindfully, and
  • want to lose fat or gain muscle, or
  • want to train for a goal similar to your own
  • or…
  • want to get and stay fit as they age

So the take home on this folks is make what you want to change….

Including your health….

A habit to do something positive for EVERY day !

And…

Get the support of others…..

Groups are Great !!

Here’s to positive habits for living Boundrylessly !!  ;-D