It’s a brand new year and if one of your resolutions is to get fitter, then don’t use time away as an excuse to let it slide. The lifestyle that goes along with business travel may not seem conducive to exercise, but make it a part of your routine and you’ll find that by the end of 2016 you’re feeling all the better for it. Follow these top tips to ensure you keep that resolution to get fit this year.
Pack your sports kit
The first thing to do to maximise the chances of doing some exercise when away from home is to pack the right clothes. This doesn’t mean all the different kit you would wear for every activity, but a slimmed down skeleton sports outfit that can be worn for various eventualities. A pair of trainers and some loose-fitting trousers and a top will usually do the trick. Even if you think you’re going to have a packed work schedule, still bring these things with you. It’s possible a meeting will be cancelled or you’ll get an unexpected burst of energy and find time to fit in a jog. If you haven’t got any kit, you won’t be able to take advantage of such an unexpected eventuality.
Scope out the area in advance
Do a little bit of research prior to your trip to find out what is in the local area. This could be anything from highly-recommended exercise classes to a really stunning place to jog. Perhaps there’s an activity in the vicinity of your accommodation that you’ve never tried before, but fancy having a go at – fencing, horse riding, salsa dancing – or maybe a lovely pool, where you can relax and do a few lengths. Don’t miss the opportunity to mix your exercise routine up a little and perhaps find something new that you love.
Make use of your lunch break
Fitness sessions that slot into busy people’s schedules are becoming all the rage and especially in The City, where workers need a break from their routines. This means you can easily find a class at lunchtime, allowing you to break up your day and clear your mind. Gentle forms of exercise, such as yoga and pilates are especially good for this. Check out our guide to these activities in The City here.
Skip the Tube
Walking is a great way to get exercise without it impacting on your schedule, because you can use it to get to where you want to be. This means using your own two feet instead of public transport or even a private vehicle. Sometimes places are actually closer than you might think. This is often the case in The City and Transport for London has produced a handy Tube map with the walking times between stations. Either head out on foot for your whole journey or get off a stop or two early to stretch your legs before that all-important meeting. Just make sure you have comfortable shoes for walking in!
Take advantage of the on-site gym
One of the great things about staying in a SACO Apartment is that many of the properties have an on-site gym. That’s right, there’s fitness equipment right there in the building where you are staying. It doesn’t get much more convenient than that, which pretty much means all your excuses have just gone out the window. Whether you like to get up early and work out in the morning or de-stress after a long day with some exercise, the facilities you need will be ready and waiting.