Maintaining a balance and keeping fit while away from home is difficult: without access to your usual facilities, having your evening dinners (and often lunches) out and meeting commitments, plus long working days and a fear of being seen as anti-social by colleagues can mean that it’s easy to avoid exercise, eat and drink a lot – and therefore end up putting on weight and generally feel rubbish when you’ve been working away.
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Advice for keeping fit when working away from home
There is no easy solution, but here are some tips for keeping some form of active balance:
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- always pack some running kit, don’t leave the trainers at home. Even if you don’t think you’ll have time to use them, you never know if a meeting will be cancelled or you get an evening to yourself
- skip hotel breakfast and use the gym or run around the local area. I often do this, as lets face it, the fry-ups are tempting, and breakfast takes at least half-an-hour which you could be using for a workout. Just pick up a spoon, yoghurt and some fruit when you get back, and have a coffee/tea in your room
- arrange to have dinner later, and squeeze in a cheeky workout between work and dinner. This way you won’t be seen as anti-social by skipping dinner, and your colleagues will probably either think it’s a great idea and do the same, or be secretly impressed!
- staying somewhere dodgy or with nowhere safe to run? Forgot your trainers? try an in-room workout! I take an elastic physio resistance band, and work on core, glutes and leg strength exercises on the floor or using the desk-chair (tricep-dips anyone?).