When the hotel gym looks like this one, and is over the indoor pool with the smell of chlorine permitting the floor… your best bet is to get outside.
The easiest way to stay in shape on the road is to pack your running/walking shoes. They are lightweight, compact, and you can most often times find a trail or a route to run/walk in just about every city. Plus, it’s wonderful to get outside and explore, get some sun, some fresh air, and a new perspective.
My job typically puts me on the road twice a a month. I travel across the country with tidbits of painted paper and a pot of glue, sharing my knowledge and sense of humor with the most amazing people in the most interesting places.
This year I have added Tuscany, Italy to my list of exciting places. You can bet I won’t be in the gerbil wheel facing a mirror when I am there! Outside running or walking will help me take in more beautiful vistas of the Italian countryside. Next year I’m headed to Belize, looking forward to running in the rain forest.
If you are a swimmer, you also might consider packing the ever lightweight pair of goggles and a cap, many hotels and resorts offer a pool that you can creatively get some laps out of, if you get there early in the morning. I have been known to swim diagonal in a small pool, in order to get the most distance in every lap!
Swimming is a low impact workout that doesn’t strain your joints. You keep cool swimming, and you can get an all over body workout if you are diligent in your lap swimming and keep moving. This week I was pleasantly surprised to be able to swim laps in the resort pool which was at least 25meters long.
I also pack resistance bands in my suitcase, they are light weight and can offer a variety of exercises right in your hotel room. I stand on them and do bicep curls, I sit with them wrapped around my feet and do rows, I stand on them and do shoulder raises. If you want more resistance, you simply wrap the band around your feet one extra twist, or stand on them with your feet spread wider apart. They work great in a pinch and travel well, I leave mine in the suitcase at all times.
This week while in Ohio I was fortunate enough to find a birding trail to run on, what a fitting backdrop for me as I pained a series of birds from my hotel room. I saw several cardinals (the Ohio state bird) red winged black birds, and many other species I could not identify. I saw squirrels, rabbits, chipmunks and another furry fast-moving critter I couldn’t identify either… it was like Disney’s Bambi on the trail!
The birds I painted on the plane flight here and in my hotel room were on wood panels that I had prepped in the studio in the weeks before. I sketch, paint, and prepare hand-painted papers, long before I get to the process of ripping and gluing. Collage is relatively easy to do on the road, not quite as easy as staying in shape, but close.
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