A mere week after arriving home from your last business trip, you are packing your suitcase for another one. You silently lament the possibility of going another entire week without visiting your local gym. If you can relate to this scenario, you’re not alone. The increasingly global economy requires employees all over the world to travel more often. Thankfully, your travels don’t preclude you from working out. If you travel constantly, consider the following six ways to burn calories on your next business trip.
6 Ways to Burn Calories When You Travel
Decline the Rental Car
Does your employer always provide you with a rental car on your business trips? If you typically drive everywhere during your business travels, consider ditching the rental car. Whenever possible, walk to your desired destinations such as:
- Conference centers
- Places of business
While you burn some serious calories, you can take in the sights and sounds of your surroundings. Walking around a city you’ve never visited before can be especially enjoyable and stimulating. Walking outside is also a great way to release stress after a particularly tiring day of business meetings.
Request a Non-First-Floor Room
Besides declining your rental car, request a non-first-floor room. Climbing up and down the stairs of your hotel will help you burn calories and get your heart rate up. Lugging your luggage up and down the stairs will also help you to strengthen your arm and leg muscles. As a bonus, most people feel safer staying in a non-ground level room.
Utilize Your Hotel’s Gym
Many hotels offer onsite gyms. While it probably won’t rival the one you frequent at home, your hotel’s gym will likely contain a few basic machines you can enjoy utilizing such as a:
- Stationary bicycle
- Elliptical trainer
When checking into your hotel, be sure to visit the onsite gym in order to ascertain what hours it’s available and check out the equipment. After your initial trip to this workout haven, you can better plan your fitness sessions during your stay.
Exercise Creatively In Your Guestroom
Besides working out at your hotel’s gym, you can also stay in shape by exercising creatively in your guestroom. Consider packing some light, exercise equipment in your suitcase such as:
- Exercise bands
- A jump rope
- A yoga mat
In addition to working out with these items, you can also utilize the furniture in your guest room. For instance, you can complete triceps dips with the aid of a chair.
Pace the Halls
Do many of the hotels you stay at have long, wide halls? Pacing these halls is another great way to burn calories while traveling. Start from one end of a hall and walk briskly to the other end. Complete several laps up and down the hall. To be considerate of other guests, avoid this activity during bedtime hours.
Take a Swim
Many hotels contain refreshing, indoor pools. If your hotel has a beautiful, indoor pool, don’t hesitate to take a swim. Swimming is an effective, low-impact form of exercise. While decompressing from your hectic workday, you can sculpt your shoulders and arms in the pool.
For many people, taking frequent business trips is unavoidable. Fortunately, traveling often doesn’t have to prevent you from maintaining a rigorous fitness routine. If you struggle to work out during your business travels, consider implementing the aforementioned, six ideas on your next scheduled trip.