It’s hard enough to keep up with a healthy diet and a consistent workout routine when you’re settled down in one place, right? So, when you’re in the air and on-the-go—worrying about hotel reservations, boarding passes and checked luggage—even just a short workout can seem unattainable.
Fitting exercise and healthy eating into a busy travel itinerary isn’t impossible, though. According to Arash Shirazi, a frequent flyer and CEO of The Bullitt Agency (an Electronic Dance Music talent agency with headquarters in Washington, DC and Barcelona), all it takes is a bit of balance, a few deep breaths and some planning.
Shirazi is a self-proclaimed fitness enthusiast who’s on-the-go and away from home more often than not, yet he still finds time to stay fit no matter where in the world he winds up. “Fitness is a priority for me,” says Shirazi. “I make it a commitment on my calendar.”
Whether you’re embarking on an adventurous getaway or boarding a plane for business, use these eight tips to stay energized, strong, and sane while you’re on-the-go.
1. Plan Ahead Shirazi suggests choosing hotels with fitness facilities so that an area for exercise will be easily accessible. If he can’t find a hotel that has its own gym, he’ll do a search to make sure there are places to workout nearby before booking his room.
2. Make Friends This especially applies to travelers who are planning repeat visits to certain cities. Shirazi makes a point of befriending trainers and instructors in the cities that he frequents so that he can schedule classes and appointments with them ahead of time.
3. Buy Beforehand If you have the means to do so, buy class or session packages ahead of time that way you’re obligated to follow through with your workout. This is a strategy that Shirazi uses to help make fitness a priority rather than an option.
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