Recently, I was awarded the opportunity to further my career development by attending a professional education course at the prestigious MIT campus in Cambridge MA. The course focused on leadership, specifically in the engineering field of study. When I am not busy hanging with the family, working out, or helping someone reach their health & fitness goals, I am usually playing the role of Software Engineer. Not quite the same “engineer” that many think about when they hear that word, but the course wasn’t specific to any particular type of engineering.
I learned a lot over the course of those 5 days and looking forward to using those newly learned leadership skills both at work as well as here on my YFP team!
Living in a hotel for 6 days can present some challenges if you are trying to maintain a workout schedule as well as continue eating the same kinds of foods/meals at the same frequency that you are accustomed to. For me, this was the first work-related trip where I would be required to find the time to get my workouts in and eat as healthy as I could while on the road. I’ll share what I found to work best given the situation and how your can also make it happen if you are committed.
Gym vs. Fitness Center
If you are staying in a hotel, most will likely have a ‘fitness center”. However, the term; “fitness center”, is used rather loosely and serves nothing more than to check a box on a list of amenities. The range of available equipment will vary from hotel to hotel and the free space within the fitness center may not be much more than what is found in your hotel room. Check out the website of the hotel you will be staying in and see if they have photos of the fitness center. You will be able to know ahead of time what to expect.
Rows of treadmills, ellipticals, and stationary bicycles are usually the norm at most hotel fitness centers. While those machines can certainly serve a purpose, they may not meet your needs for a workout. Especially if you are using a Beachbody workout program where none of that equipment is utilized.
A rack of dumbbells can be usually found in your typical hotel fitness center as well. You can certainly get a great workout in with a set of dumbbells! However, it is rare to see a rack of dumbbells that exceeds a pair of 50# lb., so if you tend to workout with more than that, you may have to adjust accordingly. For most, this should be sufficient and you’ll be able to stick to your schedule without a problem.
If your fitness center doesn’t meet your needs on the equipment front or one just isn’t available, you may have to look for an alternative, specifically a local gym. There are gyms pretty much everywhere now, from small locally owned gyms, to the larger franchise gyms that compete with each other for members. Many of the large gyms will offer a free 1-7 day pass, so scope out the gyms in the area you will be traveling to and see if you can find a deal. Otherwise, if you aren’t already a member, you’ll need to purchase a short-term membership pass to use the facilities.
Check out Gym-Finder.com to find a gym in the area you will be staying:
Planning things out ahead of time can be not only a huge time saver, but also determine the success of your ability to stay on track! Here are some of questions to ask yourself before your leave that can help you plan ahead.
- What time of day will I plan to workout?
- What workouts are on my schedule?
- What equipment will I need for those workouts?
- Is there a fitness center where I am staying?
- If not, is there a gym nearby?
- What kind of snacks can I bring with me?
- What kind of snacks can I purchase once I arrive?
When traveling for business, most people will travel with some form of a laptop (Mac, PC, tablet, etc..) and I, being a software engineer, certainly no exception here. This would actually allow you to bring your workouts with you on the road. If your laptop has a DVD drive and you have your favorite fitness program on DVD, just pull out the specific DVDs you’ll need for the trip and load them up as needed. You can workout right inside your hotel room!
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Regardless of fact that you are away from home, nutrition is typically where the majority of people struggle. Even when you are in a comfortable setting (home, relative, etc…), staying true to your nutrition plan can be difficult, being away from that setting just further complicates things.
However, there are something that you can do to avoid a complete meltdown while you are traveling.
1. Track your intake
If you are tracking what you are eating, you’ll be more aware of how you are doing on a daily basis.
2. Bring your nutrition
If possible, you can pack a few things that will help you stick to your nutrition. Protein bars, protein powder, nuts (almonds, cashews, walnuts, etc…), and Shakeology are some good examples here.
3. Shop local
If you aren’t able to bring anything with you, stop by a local grocery store and pick up some of the same items mentioned above. Don’t over-shop! If you buy too much, you may feel obligated to eat everything you purchased, negated the purpose in the first place.
4. Find comparable replacements
You will likely be used to eating certain kinds of foods when you are home, but those may not be readily available to you on the road. Try to find a comparable substitute with similar nutritional value.
5. Make smart menu choices
Dining out can be a slippery slope! This is particularly true when you are dining out with colleagues or family. Make smart menu choices and this won’t negatively affect you. Many restaurants have a “healthier” option where you can still enjoy the meal and not have a guilty conscious afterwards. Again, tracking your nutrition will help out a lot here. Many restaurants now publish their nutritional info, making it a bit easier to choose between items and stay within your caloric/nutritional goals.
Make the Most of What is Available
Sometimes, you simply have to make the most of what is available to you. It may not be the ideal setup, it may not be the exact same weight or equipment that you are accustomed to in your home. However, if you have done a little planning, you have the desire and commitment to make it happen, you will figure a way to stick to you fitness schedule/routine while on the road.
It is also important to keep in mind that, a single meal or a single day isn’t going to ruin your results. You can still indulge here and there, but if you use the advice I mentioned in the Nutrition section above, you’ll likely not see any difference in your progress. Consistency is key take away here; don’t get too caught up in being perfect the entire time.
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If you need to find someone that will hold you accountable, answer your questions, help you, and PUSH YOU for the entire duration of your workout! Luckily for you, that’s what me and my team are here for. If you don’t have a coach yet and want one, I’d love to be your coach and help you through a fitness program. I am available to help you reach your goals!
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