It’s a little harder to work out on the road, but I travel so much that – if I don’t work out on the road – I’ll go to pieces. What to do? Step one: only go to hotels with gyms or work out rooms. Almost every hotel has one these days, although a lot of them are small and ill-equipped. If they have an elliptical machine – or even a stationary bike – that’s good enough.Step two: use Billy Fabricin’is “preparation for movement” or warm up chapter in Thinner This Year. It is a great mini-workout in its own right. Run through it twice – with a longer than usual set of squats and lunges – and you will have a great workout. BIG PLUS: this workout makes miraculous changes (over time) in your flexibility, range of motion and freedom from joint pain. Try ’em.
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I travel for work a fair amount and learned that I seldom get a good “in-hotel” workout in the evenings. When I arrive I’m annoyed, tired and hungry, but I know I need a workout but it seldom happens. Here’s what I do: Undertake outbound air travel without eating much, if anything (maybe an apple) and drinking lots of water (no scotch, as much as I would like to dull my senses during travel). During the inevitable airport waiting I do an airport hike, carrying my bags and circling the area for as long as possible, sometimes for 30 to 45 minutes or more if there’s a delay. This is workout #1. When I get to the hotel, I check in, find a nice place for some quality dinner and get to sleep as soon as possible so that I can rise early for the morning workout (#2) with a much higher level of energy. This simple routine works wonders and adds a couple workouts I might not have otherwise completed. Also makes for an energetic day of work on the road.
Thanks for your great book and ideas.