Ways to Stay Fit While Traveling on Business

In today’s busy corporate environment, it can be very difficult to keep fit and healthy especially if your work requires regular travel. If you’re in a role that requires significant travel both out of town and especially overseas, then you’ll know what I mean that it can be difficult and sometimes (seemingly) impossible to keep up with a regular travel fitness routine.

This is evident, when you’re overseas in a foreign country on business that you’re unfamiliar with – having little to no real knowledge of where the local gyms are located, not to mention being preoccupied with preparation for meetings, conferences or any projects that your work requires of you.

I know how it feels – you Google ” Gym [insert your city]” – and up comes several gym options that are local to you; you try to find the easiest directions via walking, taxi or whatever. You may even go on the said gyms website, check out price, quality, and what gyms there are. Depending on where you travel, whether it’s a third world country or a very highly developed one, the range and quality of equipment will drastically vary. Personally, I hate this level of uncertainty, and I want to stick to a regular routine and quality of equipment to use.

That’s why I now advocate that travellers who want to keep fit take a piece of equipment with them. But what equipment may you ask? It has to satisfy several criteria:

1) Be light and portable: This is a caveat for travel, you don’t want to be lugging a 24 pound kettle bell in your backpack and trundling that through customs do you?

2) Be simple and easy to use: Who wants to take out some complicated contraption that requires pins, springs and rubber bands to help setup? Plus, you don’t want to waste time setting up when you want to slot in an exercise session

3) Be reliable: Durability is essential for long term use. Always stick to the good brands that people vouch for.

In stating that, from my experience, the TRX suspension trainer meets all three requirements. If you haven’t heard about this nifty piece of equipment, to give you a brief it was developed by an ex-navy seal who needed to help keep his troops in shape when on the road. Hence you can rely on the effectiveness and durability of such an instrument.

The TRX trainer is simply two large suspension straps that can be adjusted and fitted to a door, or wrapped around a tree branch. Best of all, the resistance is your own body weight, and can be adjusted depending on the positioning of your body. The key feature of this kind of work out, is that it emphasises a full body exercises and utilises your core to maintain stability.