In our busy lives, fitness is becoming more and more important.
It’s a great way to relieve stress after a long day, it’s about the best cure for jet-lag, and it improves your physical well-being to help you stay bright and alert for longer.
Personally, I love exercise because it helps me gather my thoughts. I’ve been known to lace up the running shoes when I’m tackling a particularly difficult problem. The physical activity makes my mind much more focused on the key details, without drowning in the background noise.
With more and more business travelers wanting to keep in shape, hotels are providing useful information to accommodate; all you have to do is ask.
Contact the hotel before arriving and ask if they have a gym. If they do not, ask if they provide guest access to a local fitness club (either for free or for a reduced fee). You could also contact local gyms directly and ask if they have day-to-day guest fees. Many hotels provide maps with local running routes. Also, consider an online search for running-shoe stores near the hotel, these stores often have group runs or may be able to recommend good local running routes. Another great resource is the local YMCA. If you are already a member in your hometown, many YMCAs offer reciprocal membership (some for free, others for a very small fee) that allows you to use the facilities as if you were a local member.
If no facilities are available, design a strength training program you can do in your hotel room. Core strength, for example, is very easy to work on without additional equipment. Stretching and yoga are two other activities that can be done in a hotel room. If your computer has a CD drive, consider packing a workout DVD to do in your room. Or, there are many fitness websites that feature free exercise videos you can watch and workout with in your hotel room.
I love lacing up my running shoes and heading out in new areas. A quick downtown run, or a long run through the neighborhoods can enhance the experience of a business trip immensely. It’s a great way to explore the surroundings and stay fit while traveling… What do you think?
Great insight from Kennametal Senior Product Manager, Jan Andersson.