Tuesday, May 14, 2013

New article

Although I have had absolutely no time to work on this blog due to the demands of full time classes, internship, and personal training, I was contacted by Mike Manning, who wanted his article featured on this blog. He is interested in issues of wellness and wanted to share his views on staying healthy even while traveling. His blog is http://mikemanningmusings.blogspot.com. I hope you can find this information useful! Please note: I do not know Mike personally so please direct any questions to his email address below.

He can be contacted at

mikemnning@gmail.com

Be well,
Rachel


Is it Possible to Get Enough Exercise While Away From Home?

Exercise is an important activity for many people, and some people feel lost when they are unable to get in their daily exercise. When traveling, a bit of planning can go a long way toward helping you maintain your exercise routine while away from home. Here are a few tips for maintaining your exercise schedule while you are traveling.

Research is Important

Thanks to the Internet, finding exercise-friendly locations has never been easier. Before booking a room, research hotels to find which offer appropriate gyms. On a recent trip to Maui I was able to book a hotel with a 24-hr gym by using a travel site. I scrolled through a list of Maui hotels and could see which ones were the right fit and price. In addition, it can help to find hotels that are located near running trails and other exercise facilities. Increasingly, hotels are offering exercise classes and other amenities for guests who enjoy exercise. By researching various hotels, you may be able to find one that makes exercise especially easy.

Exercise During Transit

Besides finding great hotels, you can also help yourself by taking advantage of exercise opportunities available during transit. Many airports now offer rooms designed to allow travelers to practice yoga or meditate. In addition, some hotels are even offering walking paths that take visitors through various parts of the airport. By leaving a bit early, you may be able to get in some exercise that will help relieve the stress of air travel.

Learn Travel-Friendly Exercises

A long-term strategy frequent travelers may wish to practice is to learn exercises that are easy to do while away from home. Yoga can be done in confined spaces, and yoga requires little more than appropriate clothing. Similarly, running or walking can be done without any special equipment. It is possible to run or walk in all travel destinations as long as you bring along appropriate clothing and shoes. Even if the weather is unpleasant, most hotels now provide treadmills for guests.

Try new Activities

One of the benefits of traveling is being able to experience new activities. Those who enjoy learning new forms of exercise may wish to participate in activities offered in their travel destinations. For example, large cities may offer exercise classes that are not available at home, and those who travel to smaller cities may be able to enjoy expansive running trails. Yoga students may also wish to consider taking a class from a yoga instructor they are not accustomed to; different teachers often have different methods of teaching students, and their teaching methods might grant you valuable insights about yoga practice.


Whether you are traveling for business or for pleasure, research can help you ensure that you can maintain your exercise routine regardless of where you are located. Fortunately, doing so has never been easier, and the opportunities available to modern travelers dwarf those that travelers had access to in the past.



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