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Stay fit on your next business trip

Tips for exercising while you travel
Posted at 8:09 PM, Aug 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-12 08:50:59-04

ORLANDO, Fla. — Americans take more than 500 million business trips a year.

Add on to that vacations and visiting family … travel time can really add up, and can really impact your health. Stress, sleep interruption, unhealthy eating and drinking and lack of exercise can take their toll.

Traveling can turn your schedule upside down. But don’t let your next trip disrupt your fitness routine! Just one week of inactivity on the road can lead to declines in cardio-respiratory fitness.

That’s why, while you’re away it’s a great chance to explore new exercise classes such as rowing or aerial yoga and burn some major calories while you’re having fun. Or get rid of the days stress at pound classes.

Or it can be a great time to play the sports you love, with new people. You can always find pickup games of pickle ball, racquetball or tennis.

Skip Uber … take advantage of hourly rental bikes. Apps can also help. Nike training club offers more than 100 workouts including a ton of equipment-free routines.

The apps MapMyRun and MapMyHike track your miles, calories, and help you find nearby running and hiking trails.

Aaptiv offers audio-streaming fitness classes with motivational trainers to help you work with equipment in most hotel gyms and can also be a personal running coach. And the Mindbody app lets you find and book nearby fitness classes that you can take in-person.

Another tip: many health clubs have weekly membership fees for visiting guests. If your hotel doesn’t have the equipment you need, try calling the closest gym.