Fitness is not only about building ones muscular strength and endurance, but also about flexibility, speed and balance. And keeping in shape while on the road can be a challenge, but is supremely important. Here are some tips to maintain fitness while you’re on the road.
ON THE AIRPLANE
- Check to see if the airline magazine or “fitness channel” provides and in-seat exercise program.
- Exercise in your chair – Clasp your hands behind your head; stretch one hand toward the ceiling, then the other, and then both together; relax. Repeat twice.
- Walk up and down the aisles for 15 minutes every hour or so; take the opportunity to stretch in the open spaces next to the rest rooms.
ON A DRIVING TRIP
- Stop every 2 hours for 5 minutes of strenuous stretching and a brisk 15-minute walk.
- Walk for at least 15 minutes before eating lunch and dinner.
AT HIGH ELEVATIONS
The first day just take a stroll; after that, do your usual exercises but reduce the time by 15 percent for each 5,000-foot gain in elevation. If it’s hot, don’t exercise outdoors between 10 A.M. and 4 P.M.
AT THE HOTEL
- If there’s no exercise room or pool, as at the desk for a list of local health clubs or get a street map so that you can walk or jog.
- To find an aerobics class, look under “Exercise and physical fitness programs” in the Yellow Pages.
- Bad weather? Walk or jog in the halls. Or stair walk: up for 1 minute, down for 30 seconds.
IN YOUR ROOM
- Pack a jump rope, exercise tape, and cassette player.
- Run in place to the morning news or dance to radio music.
- Stretch for 10 minutes morning and night, or pack 100 paper clips or bobby pins, throw them in the air, and bend to retrieve each one.
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