Today’s the ninth day away from home and I’m afraid my scale will show the result of too many calories and not enough exercise. In fact, exercise has been non-existent.
All three hotels I stayed at had exercise rooms and swimming pools. I brought exercise clothes, a swimming suit and big ambition.
I’m going home with the only one thing dirtied— the swimming suit! I took a quick dip in the ocean at the beginning of my trip and last night boogied at a party to help me squeak by my daily step goal.
I’m not going to beat myself up or give up on exercise for three reasons.
Exercise is a Lifelong Habit
Missing out on my regular exercise sessions for a week won’t stop me from continuing to exercise once I get home. It’s just a blip in a year which is just a blip in a decade and so forth.
I’ll be back to a regular routine tomorrow at home.
Improvement is Doable
Maybe I didn’t exercise much this trip due to long conference days and choosing sleep over the gym, but next time I might get one more session in. I consider it a victory anytime I’m not being a couch potato.
Not only do we improve in our exercise habits but in building that habit. I don’t have a good travel exercise routine but improvement will happen!
Good Health is a Journey
I don’t exercise because I love it …. or even like it. I exercise so I can enjoy the health benefits. It also makes me feel more energetic and look better in my clothes.
But it’s a process. At the beginning of the year I wasn’t exercising regularly and now I’m great at it when home. A goal for next year is to do better on the road. It’s a journey.
I’m really interested in how others balance busy conferences with fitness (other than attending a fitness conference). Leave a comment on your experience with this issue. Do you have a tip or is it a struggle for you?
Kevin Watts @ GraduatingFromDebt.com says
Some how exercise is not be in a priority list when you are travelling. Like you, I always some how miss exercise. I should make habit of exercise wherever I am. Thanks for the inspiring post.
Denise @ Do you have that in my size??? says
I know you’ll be right back at it once you’re at home in your routine – you have such a great attitude about living a healthy life!
For me, the trick while traveling is to make getting in a workout part of the fun of the trip. Going to a new gym, finding a great walking route from the hotel or family member’s house, renting a bike to explore – whatever it is, I work it into the fun part of why I’m there. I also try to stick to my normal sleep routine so that I’m not too tired to wake up for my workout (usually 5:00 or 6:00 am). That means going to bed by 9:30 or 10:00 pm, so I miss out on a few nighttime activities but my body doesn’t really do well with late nights anyway so it’s for the best any way you look at it.
Can’t wait to see you when next we’re both at WW. I’ll be there on the 19th – what about you? Maybe we could do coffee afterwards?
Kay Lynn says
Denise, that’s great advice to make exercise part of the adventure. There were people at the conference meeting up for a run and I should have put out a call for anyone that wanted to walk. Thanks for the inspiration!
I won’t be there the 19th but will email you about plans. I can’t wait to hear about the race.
I think your outlook is very healthy!
I used to travel a lot and the best thing I did was use a resistance band. It takes up little space in your bag and you can do it in your hotel room while you watch TV or talk on the phone. Arm curls, squats etc.