It’s likely you’ve all been there. Despite the best intentions to maintain a fitness routine while traveling for business as busy meeting planners, something inevitably goes awry.
Your flight is delayed, you get to bed late
and you’d rather hit the snooze button than
the gym. Your meetings run overtime and you
opt to wind down with “refreshments” at the
bar instead of a refreshing run—or walk. You
forgot your cross trainers anyway.
There’s always an excuse not to focus on
fitness during a packed travel schedule, yet
there’s also always time to reassess your priorities, change your game plan and get moving
no matter what obstacles come your way.
We checked in with Malin Svensson, fitness
guru, globetrotter and president of Santa
Monica, Calif.-based Nordic Body, to get the
scoop on strategies to stick to a healthy, active
routine on the road. You might be surprised
how big of a difference a little planning and a
fresh perspective can make.
Making fitness essentials as important as business essentials when packing, including your
“digital” suitcase, is key, according to Svensson.
“Bring your workout clothes or at the bare
minimum, your walking shoes, and if you have
a routine at home that requires resistance
bands, for example, don’t forget those,” she
said. “If you use workout or yoga videos at
home, download or organize what you will
need beforehand so you’re not wasting time
with that on your trip. It’s like your favorite
music. It should already be in your playlist.”
Also be sure to pack any activity trackers
you utilize, Svensson added, and consider
buying one if you don’t already have one.
“I always use a Fitbit,” she said. “It gives me
a good gauge of activity, especially when I go
to a conference. So if I’m shooting for 10,000
steps, it can be a wake-up call and a good
motivator to get there.”
Shift Your Mindset
Exercising doesn’t always mean breaking a
sweat, according to Svensson, who said there’s
no need to feel guilty if you didn’t hop on the
treadmill and run five miles.
“The whole mindset that the only way to get
healthy and be active is to go to the gym needs
to change,” she said. “The gym is one way, but
you must start thinking about exercise simply
as movement. Every single step counts. So
take the stairs instead of the elevator, for ex-
ample, and think of ways to walk and be active
during, in-between and after meetings instead
of continually sitting.”
Having a big-picture approach is also vital,
A four-step strategy to squeeze physical activity
into business trips
BY LORI TENNY