03 Jan Business Traveller? How to keep those exercise habits as healthy as your air miles when you travel
We all know that exercise is important for our physical and mental health, yet it can be even more important for those who travel.
If you travel often for business you’ll know the inside of every airport, where to get the Uber from and how to pack light.
We also know that keeping your exercise habits may be low down on your priorities. Let’s face it – making sure you remember to pack your laptop charger may be more important that popping the runners in your bag.
Did you know that:
- Your chances of catching a cold are 100 times higher on a plane?
- Long periods of immobility can lead to deep vein thrombosis?
- A study published in The Lancet in 2007 found that consistent disruption of body rhythms of travel could lead to cognitive decline, psychotic and mood disorders and possibly heart disease and cancer?
So want to keep active on work trips? Exercise Right’s top four tips for success
Prioritise your physical activity as much as your work. When laying out what you need to take with you, make sure you have the right clothes and shoes to be active. Love music when you move? Pack your earphones. Like to track your activity? Pack your fitness tracker as well as your business watch. Love the gym? Pack the right towel.
All these little actions will make sure you are well planned and organised to move!
Make use of what’s accessible
Most hotels around the world will now offer some semblance of a gym – make the most of it! Be sure to check out opening times and book this into your schedule. If there is no gym, there is so much you can do in the comfort of your hotel room!
Check out this blog on what you can do on your own: http://exerciseright.com.au/gym-free-workout-equipment/
Travelling can be a great opportunity for a little sightseeing or getting a feel for the local scene. Take a little time to research what you can get up to in a different location and get moving! Perhaps there is a park with some exercise equipment? Is there an “exercise must do” that you can experience (e.g. Kangaroo Point stairs in Brisbane, Bondi to Bronte walk)? Could you join in with a local park run? http://www.parkrun.com.au/
With so much on offer, all it takes is a little forward planning and investigation.
Use your feet
Simple – do as much walking as you can. At the airport, take the stairs not the escalator where possible. Waiting on the lounge, get up and go plane spotting. Multiple meetings to get to? Walk there instead of getting a taxi.
Incidental exercise and getting as many steps under your belt are absolutely crucial to reaping health benefits.