Simple Workouts to Stay Fit on the Road
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A few airports offer exercise facilities right in the terminal. Pittsburgh International Airport runs a center in conjunction with Airport Fitness, and Las Vegas McCarran International Airport has a 24-hour fitness center complete with kickboxing and indoor cycling classes.
Even a half-hour wait can be turned into an aerobic workout: Just walk briskly through the terminal.
Once you board the plane, you often scrunch into a seat and then sit so long you fear your muscles could atrophy. But that doesn't have to be the case.
JetBlue Airways and Crunch Fitness teamed up to create Airplane Yoga and Airplane Pilates cards, which illustrate activities you can do without leaving your seat. And of course, you can always stretch and take walks up and own the aisle.
Get Out of Your Exercise Rut
Once you arrive at your destination, look at it as a chance to get some variety in your workouts -- especially if you're an outdoor exerciser. A change of scenery can be just what you need to add life to your fitness regimen.
When print and broadcast journalist Stephanie Stephens travels, she likes to jog or ride a rental bike through residential neighborhoods. "I get a sense of the people, meet their pets, and enjoy the architecture," she says.
A resident of Laguna Niguel, Calif., and Cambridge, New Zealand, Stephens is committed to exercising wherever she is. She always takes workout clothes and jogging shoes on the road. Even on Thanksgiving, she'll do her workout -- first thing in the morning. "Then I'll be good to go and can eat whatever I want," she says.
Hotels Warm Up to Fitness
The hotel fitness center with one squeaky exercise bike and rickety treadmill are so yesterday. Well, maybe not. Depends on where you are.
"I was just in Alice Springs, the only town of any size in central Australia, and the only gym consisted of one marginally usable stationary bike, some prehistoric weight machines, and a single dumbbell," says Schlosberg. "It pays to have a repertoire of exercises so that when you come across a situation like this, you can still create a decent workout."
Back in the U.S., there's a trend in the hospitality industry to upgrade fitness centers and pamper guests, says Lisa Ianucci, author of Healthy Travel, to be published in the spring.
Some hotels provide "fitness kits" for yoga, strength training, or Pilates. At Westin hotels, you can tune the TV to a yoga channel. "Some hotels, like Don Shula's Hotel in Florida, even have a fitness concierge who creates workshops and exercise classes for guests," says Ianucci.
Exercise in Your Room
In her book, Schlosberg presents some workouts you can do without any equipment in the space of a hotel room or guest bedroom. Here's an example: