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Staying Fit on-the-Go with Guest Blogger Joanna Brooke

 

You heard from Joanna a few weeks ago when she shared valuable advice on how to plan a volunteer trip. Today she's back with excellent guidance on how to not give up on working out for us girls who are always on the go. This topic was inspired by my new job where I find myself on the road several times a month. I asked Joanna, my trusty travel agent, to put a few ideas together on how we can look for fun ways to workout, even when we don't have a gym in our hotel. For anyone who is constantly on a plane, taking a road trip, or staying in a hotel more than sleeping in your own bed, this one is for you.

 

Staying Fit on the Go
by Joanna Brooke

It’s that time of year. Spring is almost here and it’s time to get back into the groove and get down to business.  Hopefully, you’ll spend some time traveling for leisure, but more likely, you’ll be traveling for work.  We all know how hard it can be to stay on track and stay active while traveling.  Throw in a few client dinners and all day meetings and gaining a few pounds is almost a guarantee.   That being said, below are a few tips on how to keep that little black dress from getting too little while you’re traveling the world.

1. Before you travel, check to see if your gym has a location in the city in which you are traveling. Check their class list and see if any of them fall into your schedule.  If you have a national membership, this will be at no additional cost to you.

2. Book a hotel with a fitness center.  Typically the hotel’s website will call out the types of machines that are available (the photo galleries are helpful as well).  If you can’t find what you are looking for online, call the front desk. Additionally, the front desk will have information on local jogging and hiking paths. They know the area best and will be able to point you in the right direction.

3. Many fitness experts say you can workout in your hotel room, but the question is what to do and how to do it?  Go on your trip with a plan.  If you have a towel, chair, and a jump rope you can set yourself up for a heart pumping 45-minute workout.  Create the perfect workout for you here.  Or, one of my favorite workouts while away (and in general) is with the TRX Suspension Trainer.  It is a portable performance training tool that leverages gravity and your body weight to enable hundreds of exercises for every fitness goal.  To learn more about the TRX, visit their website www.trxtraining.com.

4. Are you a fan of CrossFit?  You can find them just about anywhere!  Check out their locator to find a gym near you.

5. Need to find a healthy alternative when grabbing a quick bite or want to find a heart-healthy restaurant while traveling?  Check out Gayot and Healthy Dining Finder.

6. I recently found a site that I’m obsessed with called FitLink.  It is perfect for clients who want healthy options while traveling.  Let it be a running path, ice skating rink, soccer field, yoga studio, local gym… just about anything.  Check out their website to find nearly any activity in any city.  You will be happy you did!

7. Walk or bike!  If you have the ability to walk around the city, or walk to your business meetings, do it!  It’s a great way to see the city and stay active.

Recently I was in Savannah for a few days and decided to take my own advice.  I wanted to see what worked best with my jam-packed schedule.   The first day I attempted to get to the gym but by the time I turned around, I had only 35 minutes before I had to jump in the shower.  I decided to exercise in my room— something is better than nothing, right?  It was short, sweet, and INTENSE.  The exercises were simple enough and included the following:  walk out push ups, sit ups, hip extensions, jumping jacks, squat thrusts, one leg squats, and mountain climbers.  I finished 3 reps for each exercise and left minimal time between each set.  It was a great way to start my day.  The next day I was lucky enough to have some extra time in the morning.  It was a beautiful day and I decided to sign myself up for a 2-hour bike tour.  I personally love biking, so for me this was a lot of fun and an active way to see the city. Additionally, I spent the rest of the day walking all over the city. By the time I left Savannah, I felt like I had experienced it in a creative and positive manner.

I hope some of Joanna's experiences work for you as well.  If you need any advice on how to stay active during your travels, please feel free to reach out to her at joanna@sevenhillsglobal.com.

Signing Off Staying Fit on the Go,

Renee & Joanna

Joanna Brooke is the Founder and CEO of Seven Hills Premiere Travel Concierge.  She specializes in travel solutions and works with each individual client to find travel programs that work best for them. Prior to starting Seven Hills, Joanna served in a variety of hospitality and marketing roles for consulting agencies, hosting clients all over the country and worldwide.  As Joanna continued with her career, she realized that research, preparation, and customer services is vital for success.  To this day, she travels with that theory in mind. As you can guess, Joanna spends her free time traveling, researching, and cooking for friends and family.  You can reach Joanna at Joanna@sevenhillsglobal.com or visit Seven Hills at www.sevenhillsglobal.com.

 

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