Working out is super beneficial for most people and can be a great way to keep yourself balanced and shed the work stress of the day (or if you do it first thing in the morning, it can really set the tone for the day.) The problem is even the most devoted of workout folks can get completely thrown off when they travel for work. You don’t know where the gym is or the best running route or what if you really want to take a class? Also, how do you even make time for it? Luckily, founder and chairman of the genius workout app ClassPass Payal Kadakia has a number of great tips for sticking with your workout regime while traveling for work even when it seems impossible.
Kadakia’s tips are part of a new initiative by Hilton Hotels & Resorts to help alleviate some of the pain points associated with business travel as unveiled in their new survey of young professionals.
1. Make yourself at home
While it can be tough, try to maintain a sense of normalcy on the road by thinking of your hotel as an extension of your home. If you travel to a city often, stay at the same hotel so you can maintain that sense of familiarity. Over time, that loyalty will have huge benefits too.
2. Do your research
Make sure you stay at a hotel with an onsite, 24-hour gym, especially if you know your time will be strapped. Once you check in, ask if there are other wellness amenities available, like a complimentary yoga mat for your room or maps of suggested running paths nears the property.
3. Have a schedule and stick to it
If working out is important to you, continue to make it a priority when traveling by scheduling it into your trip just as you schedule time for meetings and meals. Even if it’s just 30 minutes, something is always better than nothing.
4. Workout like a local
Visiting a new, local studio that offers a workout you can’t get at home can be a great motivating factor to actually get to the studio. Think of it as a chance to explore a little bit more of the city, too.
5. Look your best to feel your best
No matter what, bring your workout gear on every trip. You never know when you might have unexpected free time to go for a jog or a quick walk. My added secret? I bring my nicest workout clothes when I’m traveling – you’re more likely to workout in something you are excited to wear!”
6. Speak up
If you want to travel a day prior to meetings, you need to ask. You don’t know until you’ve asked and if your company says no, they say no. Make the ask about your work and emphasize how arriving early will help you do well in your job.
7. Master the in-room workout
Keep your moves simple – squats, lunges and plans will do the trick. And it’s all about creating the right environment. Grab a towel, put good music on, and watching something motivating on TV. ClassPass Live offers 30-minute live and on-demand HIIT classes so you can stream your favorite classes from wherever you are.