How to workout on a busy travel schedule

Do you have a busy travel schedule?  Regular exercise is guaranteed to reduce your stress levels and boost your energy making it easier to focus and achieve more at work.  However, when you are struggling to squeeze workouts into a busy corporate travel schedule exercise can have the opposite effect creating more stress and draining your energy reserves.

To avoid this, you need some key strategies in place to keep on moving throughout your business trip. Here are some top tips on making time to work out no matter how busy you are or where you are:

Move More

Simple but effective. Sitting for extended periods is an independent risk factor for poor health and setting a reminder to stand and move around once an hour can help combat that.

Alternatively take a brief, brisk walking break at the conclusion of any task, meeting or conference call.

You can also take advantage of waiting times at airports or stations to move around rather than sit and stagnate.

Enjoy bite-size chunks

If you have a regular 45 or 60-minute workout routine break it down into manageable, bite-sized chunks you can sprinkle over the course of a few days.

So instead of one long session involving an all-over body workout break it down into mini or even micro workouts.

You could focus on arms one session, legs the following day and core the next.

Separate work from working out

Do not try to read a report, take a call or dictate a note whilst you are on a gym bike, running machine or elliptical trainer.

Focus 100% on what you are doing to maximise the benefits and you are guaranteed to have more headspace later for work.

Do more of what you love

If you love a particular workout type aim to do more of that when you are away from home.

When you enjoy an activity, you are more likely to find the time to do it whether it’s 10 minutes of sun salutations, running a couple of miles around the block or a few lengths in the local swimming pool.

Many hotels are now offering park runs, cycling routes and walking maps if not gyms or pools.  Alternatively, choose a hotel with other options nearby eg golf or tennis courts.

Location, location, location

Remember you do not have to be in a gym to have a great workout.  Use your hotel room for a quick HIIT session or take advantage of outdoor equipment in local parks.  You can even do some targeted exercising in the car.

Check out our previous blog for ideas.

Keeping fit on a business trip does not have to be arduous or stressful.  Get creative, plan and commit to consistent workouts and you will reap the benefits both personally and professionally.


©  2019 Executive Travel Vitality

Author: Julie Dennis
Julie Dennis is a fitness coach specializing in weight loss and body transformation results. She is a level 4 skilled personal trainer and a qualified member of the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs). Julie also holds a UK Athletics Leadership in Running Fitness qualification. Prior to training as a fitness coach and establishing herself in the health & fitness industry, Julie spent over 20 years behind a desk in London employed in a variety of roles in the management consultancy, executive search and mining industries. Whilst working as part of a global team at Rio Tinto Julie experienced first hand the challenges of incorporating fitness and wellbeing into an international travel schedule. A keen marathon runner she often found running whilst on a long a haul trip an ideal reliever for jet lag.

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