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Traveling doesn’t have to interrupt your workout routine

Published: 5:51 pm CDT, August 9, 2013

Traveling can be stressful, no matter whether it’s for work or pleasure. Between making sure you get there and get back, making time for to exercise might be down on the to-do list. But it doesn’t have to be, nor should it be.

Here are some ways to squeeze in physical activity while traveling. In addition to helping your health, they might even add to the experience and help you relax.

1. Flying? Try some yoga at the airport

The airport can be a major source of tension. Between getting checked in, going through security and making sure your carry-on bag doesn’t have any liquids, you’re probably just ready to start your vacation. But while you wait to board the plane, why not do some yoga? It’s definitely a better alternative than sitting in an uncomfortable chair for an hour. At least five U.S. airports have yoga studios, and if you’re not at one of those there’s no harm in bringing your mat and doing some sun salutations in the terminal. Relieve some stress before your flight- it will help your heart.

2. Road trippers: Get out of the car

When you hit the highway, make the most of your stops. Whether you pull off the road for gasoline, a meal or just directions, get out, stretch and walk around. Your muscles can cramp up in the car, so try a few of these moves to refresh yourself. If it’s a scenic drive, try stopping for hikes or walk around landmarks. Think about bringing along a Frisbee, football, soccer ball or basketball so you can stop and play at a park.

3. Find an American Heart Association Walking Path

Did you know the American Heart Association has all sorts of routes plotted? And new ones are added every day! Look up a walking path at your next destination. The paths were probably added by a local, so chances are you’ll end up somewhere that a tourist may not think to go.

4. Nordic walking

Crystal Cruises and Zurich Airport in Switzerland have Nordic walking poles that you can rent. Walking with a pole might look a little strange, but according to the American Nordic Walking Association it is 46 percent more efficient than normal walking. And who wants to do normal things while traveling?

 

2 Comments

  1. Thanks for the great tips. Getting to work in the mornings followed by meetings and then getting back home – it could all lead to one very stressful and long day. You’ve hit on some good ideas for simply easing and eliminating the stressful part of traveling. Add to that, giving oneself enough time. We are more relaxed when our minds of free of worry over being late.
    I love the idea of finding an AHA walking path & discovering new spaces!

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  2. I haven’t seen those Nordic walking poles, I will have to try one of those, one of these days.

    Whenever I am on a long road trip, I always stop every few hours to stretch my muscles, enjoy some cool scenery.

    I always look forward to flying and I love the bird’s eye view, so it is never a source of stress for me.

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