How to exercise and travel

Is frequent travel standing in the way of exercise?

Constantly travelling can make it hard to stay fit and healthy. From jet lag to fatigue, and reaching for quick fix snacks, there is no shortage of health problems frequent travellers may face.

Add to the mix an irregular routine and it can seem virtually impossible to establish an exercise regime. We’ve put together these top tips to help keep you active, even when time is at a premium.

Plan ahead

Some forward planning could be all you need to improve your well-being. The NHS recommends 150 minutes of physical activity per week – that’s 30 minutes, five days a week. If packing your case or printing your documents the day before frees up just half an hour of your time, you can spend this getting your routine in check.

Tour the airport

Got time to kill at the airport? You might not think it, but it could be the perfect opportunity to squeeze in a small workout. The average person can burn up to 170 calories from just half an hour of brisk walking, so next time you find yourself in the departure lounge, go for a quick power walk through the terminal.

Explore your surroundings

Most frequent travellers say they only see the four walls of their hotel room or conferencing hall when they’re away from home. Instead of retreating to your bed or the hotel bar at the end of the day, why not take a look around the local area? It’s a great way to find out more about a place, and it will give you an excuse to exercise.

Create your own workout

Exercise doesn’t have to be confined to the gym, especially when you can put together your own workout. Resources such as YouTube videos and specialist apps will make this easier than you think. A simple range of exercises, including squats, lunges and stretches, could make all the difference.


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