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Guest Post: Relax, Unwind & Exercise- Staying Healthy While Traveling

As you can tell, the theme of this month is staying healthy while traveling. The following tips come from another fitness guru, Mike Manning.

Mike Manning is a fitness and healthy-living enthusiast. You can read his future posts here:  Mike Manning Musings.

Relax, Unwind & Exercise- Staying Healthy While Traveling

Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, staying fit and healthy can be a challenge. With many tempting foods and the “vacation” mindset, people often fall off of their normal routines when traveling. Rest assured that you can still get in a good workout and stick to your regular diet while on vacation. Here are some tips for keeping up the good work.

Before you commit to a hotel, check its fitness features. Many hotels these days offer a comprehensive fitness center with great equipment, classes and specialty features like swim spas and yoga rooms. On a recent trip to Maui I made sure to do plenty of research before booking a hotel. I used a site called Gogobot in order to make sure I could get a hotel that had the right fitness amenities for me. Here I could see great reviews of each hotel, neighborhoods, restaurants, etc. I used the list of Maui hotels to comb through in order to find which hotels had 24-hour gyms and were also on the beach. If you do not have the luxury of booking your own accommodations, then consider finding one with basic equipment that will still afford you a great workout. Sometimes these decisions go beyond your control. In that case, find a hotel that has a well-lit sidewalk or a lot of property. You can still squeeze in a refreshing run even if the hotel lacks a proper fitness room.

Whatever your personal diet is, try to stick with it while you’re traveling. This might be difficult if you’re in an unfamiliar place or you don’t have access to a kitchen where you can cook your own meals. Never fear: Many restaurants include special dietary menus for those with certain needs, but if the restaurants you visit don’t list healthy options, then just ask the server about your choices. Remember to stay hydrated on vacation. You might indulge in more unnecessary snacking when in reality your body is just thirsty. If you do need a quick snack, take some foods that are okay with your dietary needs to avoid caving to temptation.

If you need a great exercise that can be done just about everywhere with minimal equipment, then consider running as your best travel buddy. Running has become something of a trend in recent years, which means you’ll meet all sorts of people enjoying this activity while on vacation. Grab a good pair of running shoes and explore the local scenery. It’s also a great way to relieve the stress of a business meeting or to unwind after a long day of air travel.

Business travelers shoulder a hefty physical burden. Traveling isn’t a comfortable endeavor. Between quick round-trip flights and endless meetings, traveling for business can leave you exhausted and stiff. Performing simple exercises like running or swimming in your hotel’s pool can provide ample relief for achy joints and stressed muscles.

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