My job requires that I travel a lot.
- I spend more time on the road than I do at home.
The endless hours waiting in airport terminals, sitting on airplanes, navigating rental cars and sleeping at hotels can get tiring. With this type of lifestyle, it takes an effort to stay healthy. It would be very easy to gain weight and get out of shape. It’s difficult to make time to workout. However, I’ve learned that I have less aches and pains and enjoy a better mood when I take good care of myself. I try to find hotels that include a fitness center that is open 24/7. I often end up working out extremely early in the morning or very late at night. I usually have the hotel’s fitness center all to myself. Most of the time, the facilities are equipped with one treadmill, one stationary bike and some ancient dumbbells. If I’m very lucky, there will be an elliptical, yoga mat, weight training machines and at least one weight bench. Now and then, the nicer hotels include a swimming pool. I love to swim laps for my workout. Because many of the hotels don’t include any workout possibilities, I pack a jump rope, yoga mat and resistance bands in my suitcase. I can always find sufficient space to do some lunges, squats and crunches. I enjoy going for a run in new locations. It’s the perfect opportunity to clear my head and take in some interesting scenery. No matter what, I make time to thoroughly stretch all of my joints and muscles.