Elev8d Fitness for the Busy Traveler
Four simple tips for building a workout routine on the road.
Travel. It can be a grind. Whether for business or pleasure, time away from home and routine can prove difficult for the body. Beyond jet lag, stress, or unfamiliar sleeping locations; planes, trains, and cars can take a toll.
We’ve all stepped off or out of them feeling stiff, tired, sometimes even achy.
It’s easy to blame low energy and aches on anything you come into contact with during your trip: cramped quarters, uncomfortable cushions, hours of sitting. But the reason we feel less than our best after a long trip doesn’t have much to do with those things at all, argues Pete Egoscue, Co-Founder of Elev8d Fitness.
It’s not the sitting that’s the problem, per say—it’s the body that’s doing the sitting, he says. So many of us bring postural issues—rounded upper backs, a forward-hanging head, shoulders that curve inward—to everything we do, and that includes travel. “This is detrimental to all of the bodily systems,” says Egoscue, who adds that it restricts oxygen uptake as well as cell exchange, both of which are needed for a higher metabolic rate and good overall health and fitness. “Anything that restricts the body’s ability to get glucose and oxygen into the cells and kick out waste is a detriment to the organism’s life.”
Fortunately—though you may not feel like moving—exercise proves a potent antidote to travel-related woes. Step number one is working movement into an already busy schedule. Here, a few ways to start.
Pick a hotel that prioritizes wellness
While the health and wellness space is an ever-growing field, with more and more hotels and resorts hopping aboard, some properties and hospitality groups stand out. Stay at a chain that takes health seriously. A hotel with a top-of-the-line fitness center, and concierge staff who are well-informed about local running routes—can make fitness feel like less of a chore. Research a property’s offerings pre-trip, keeping an eye out for recently renovated facilities, an overarching message of wellness, and added perks like free bike rentals or walking tours.
Wear sneakers on the plane
Arriving in shoes suitable for a workout makes you more likely to add in extra steps—whether that means around the gate area or around your hotel’s neighborhood once you drop your bags. (Plus, you’re far less likely to exercise if you have to dig to the bottom of a packed bag to find sneakers.)
Work out upon arrival
The body may have been made to move, but once you put something off, it becomes easier and easier to repeat the pattern. Luckily, small amounts of movement—even a short walk or jog—can set the bar for a day away and serve as a exciting new ways to explore destinations. (This is when wearing those sneakers comes in.) Plus, research finds that continuing an exercise routine during travel can help to stave off jet lag, breathing life into your day.
The Busy Traveler Workout
Elev8d Fitness is designed to be done anywhere and anytime. The workouts don’t require any equipment and most exercises can be done in a hotel room. On day one of a trip, find eight minutes to fit in a workout. Try the Busy Traveler workout at Elev8dFitness.com, available in 8-, 16-, and 24-minutes. A quick workout in the morning speeds up the heart rate, gets energy flowing, and aligns the body for a day of business meetings or playing tourist. There’s no excuse not to!