Fit Tip: Stay Fit As A Frequent Flier

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Travel makes exercise difficult but not impossible. You just have to come prepared. Whether you’re on a business trip, heading out on vacation, or visiting the family, here’s how to ensure you’ll stay fit on the fly.

Airport Advice

Your time in a terminal most likely consists of a lot of waiting. So why not use the wait to watch your weight? Come dressed in comfy clothes and running shoes in order to log miles in the airport instead of lounging. Brisk walking for a half hour burns about 167 calories for a 155-pound person. 

After the mini-walking workout, don’t ruin your efforts by chowing down on calorie-laden kiosk food. Either come prepared with healthy snacks from home or reach for better options like almonds, Greek yogurt, or fruit at the airport.

Hotel Help

Workouts should not be put on hold when you’re away from home, especially if you’re a frequent traveler. Before booking your stay, check out different hotel gyms online and find one that fits your needs. Once you’ve checked in, make a deal with yourself to workout in the morning. Evenings often get befuddled with business meetings and dinners, and workouts instantly get pushed to the side.

If your hotel gym is lacking, you can easily turn your room into a workout area. A resistance band is the easiest piece of exercise equipment to toss in your bag to use in a tight space. Or pack a yoga or Pilates DVD to pair with a hotel towel instead of a yoga mat for an effective workout.

If running is your preferred method of movement but are concerned with navigating a new city, head on down to the front desk. Most hotels have running maps for the taking or offer concierge programs with guided group runs. None of the above? Use the Map My Run app to track your miles and find a route that’s popular to the locals. 

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