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Stay Healthy While Travelling

A workout always helps
To ensure that your hard work at the gym doesn’t go by the wayside on the road, there are a few simple steps that you can take to keep your waistline and calorie intake in check while travelling.

Include workouts in your travel itinerary
You can do a lot of shoulder shrugs and calf raises. Try walking on your toes around the room. If there is no gym at your hotel, try squats, stationary lunges and crunches, which work out your abs and lower back. You can also do full body stretches.

The best alternative is to carry your iPod and go for a jog, advises fitness expert Leena Mogre. When you travel, the days can be long and last-minute client dinners can interfere with your evening workout.

Exercising in the morning helps ensure success.
Determine how you will exercise on your trip before you leave. Most hotels have gyms. Call ahead to determine the gym’s hours and range of equipment. Once you know what the hotel offers, you can decide whether you will need to bring additional equipment, like exercise bands or a swimsuit, if there’s a pool.

Don’t forget your sports shoes
When you travel for business, you would never think of leaving your laptop or cell phone behind. The same should hold true for your tennis shoes and workout gear. Just as your computer provides the tools you need for your work, your tennis shoes offer a wealth of exercise possibilities.

Don’t be rigid when it comes to your fitness routine
When you travel, even the best plans can be disrupted by flight delays, traffic jams and scheduling changes. If you miss your  scheduled  workout, a short routine is better than nothing. Consider doing sit-ups or yoga stretches in your room, or running up and down the stairs in the hotel a few times.

Even 10 minutes of activity can make a difference. Make the most of your time by taking a power walk around the airport.

Pack healthy snacks
When you make a list of things to take on your trip, make sure to include fruits, nuts and dried apricots. Dried apricots are actually the best to carry as they release energy in the body over a period of time,  says nutritionist Naini Setalvad.

Not only will the snacks tide you over until your next meal, they also will ensure that you donât make frequent trips to the coffee shop for a pastry. And, always carry water. Travelling dehydrates the body. Water satisfies hunger and helps you stay alert.

Have it your way
Remember that restaurants are there to serve you. If you can’t finish your meal, take a doggie bag. Also, if you are required to attend cocktail parties, order a glass of water between each beverage. Whether you drink alcohol, colas, or coffee, water decreases the calories that you consume and counteracts the effects of alcohol and caffeine.

At the very least, try not to lose ground
If you know that you are going to eat more when you travel, make sure that you institute some type of daily exercise so that you balance the increase in calories with physical activity. While it may not be realistic to think that you will lose weight while travelling, you will feel better if you maintain some healthy habits.

While travelling for business offers some challenges to your exercise routine, a little creativity can go a long way to helping you stay fit at home and on the road.

Source: The Times Of India

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