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Healthy Workplace Month: Traveler's Edition

October 31, 2013 by Normand Richard, Certified Exercise Physiologist

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If you're like me, I have a love hate relationship with travel.

I enjoy visiting new cities, meeting people, and discovering cultures, but I'm heartbroken if I have to interrupt my beloved physical activity routine.

It can sometimes take a bit of planning to keep up with physical activity when you're traveling for business.

Here's some ideas of what you can do:

  • From planes to conference rooms, business travel involves lots of sitting; therefore stand and stretch whenever possible.
  • The next step is to walk when possible; take stairs at airport terminals, or explore the hotel between meetings. Small bouts of physical activity have considerable benefits! 

Packing a few items and being creative (use chairs or stairs!) can mean transforming a hotel room into a mini gym.

Here's a traveller's fitness kit:

  • A skipping rope for endurance activities (also good for bone health). Activities that have impact such as walking or skipping have been shown to keep bones strong and to prevent osteoporosis.
  • An elastic resistance band for strengthening exercises (tip: use an old bike inner-tube).
  • Shorts, t-shirt, and runners.

It's worthwhile asking your hosting business partners about places to go for a walk. What about going for a walking meeting? Chances are they would be excited to show-off their town!

Remember if you're already leading an active lifestyle, scaling back the activity level for a few days won't break the pyramid if the foundation is already there.

If you're still unsure about keeping fit on the move, the Physical Activity Line offers personable physical activity advice for free; give us a call 1-877-725-1149.

The "At Work" section of HealthyFamilies BC has tools and resources to help employers and employees create workplaces that support healthy choices.  If you're wondering how your workplace health program stacks up, or if you want to know how to make improvements, try the Workplace Check – an online Q&A that provides helpful results.


Photo: iStockphoto

References and Resources:
BC Ministry of Health: General Healthy Workplace Practices
New York Times: Hotel Room Fitness Routine
HealthyFamilies BC: Phycial Activity at Work

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