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Traveling for recreation or on a business trip means leaving some of your daily routines behind. Fortunately, working out is not one of them. By learning the secrets to healthy travel, you can prevent on-the-go exercise from becoming a hassle.
When it comes to fitness amenities, not all hotels are created equal. Doing some research before you book a room will ensure that you end up at a hotel that can support your active lifestyle. If you are currently on a weightlifting routine, keep an eye out for an on-site gym with enough machines and free weights to get the job done. If cardio is your main focus, look for locations that offer yoga, pilates, and other fitness classes. Specialized fitness classes are especially easy to find if you stay at a resort or health spa. On my last trip to Maui I used a website called Gogobot in order to do my research. Here I was able to get an exhaustive list of Maui hotels that I could go through in order to see which ones had 24-hour gyms for me to get my early morning workouts in.
If you are traveling by air, you may actually be able to take advantage of fitness facilities provided by the airport. More and more airports are starting to offer convenient spaces to relax and exercise. San Francisco International Airport is at the forefront of this trend. One of the airport's terminals is now equipped with a zen room complete with free yoga mats. The room is dimly lit to maintain a relaxing atmosphere, and guests are required to remove their shoes and turn off their cell phones.
Smartphone technology is making it easier than ever to stay on top of fitness goals while traveling. From strength training to yoga, every type of routine can be streamlined using downloadable apps. Runners should check out RunKeeper, a tool that tracks the time and pace of your run. The app's GPS functions are especially useful when visiting unfamiliar locations. Those who want to work out in the comfort of their hotel rooms can use apps such as Pocket PT to assist with bodyweight exercises.
When traveling for business purposes, tight schedules present an additional challenge to those attempting to stay fit. Scheduling a workout can certainly be difficult when rushing from meeting to meeting. Regardless of any difficulties, health should be a top priority during business travel. Stretching is a great way to relieve tension and make long business meetings more comfortable. Standing up and stretching also increases blood flow, helping you to stay alert and energetic. Working out before and during the trip will prepare your body for physical effects of traveling such as stress and fatigue.
Health and fitness are always important, even when you're away from home. By keeping this information in mind, you should be able to benefit from an exercise regimen no matter where you travel. Whether you are working or enjoying a relaxing vacation, staying active can easily be one of the most rewarding parts of the experience.
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
I am pleased to have a guest blogger for this post!
Melanie Bowen is currently a Master's student with a passion that stems from her grandmother's cancer diagnosis. She often highlights the great benefits of alternative nutritional, emotional, and physical treatments on those diagnosed with cancer or other serious illness. In her spare time, you can find Melanie trying new vegan recipes, on her yoga mat, or spending time with her family.
Exercise is essential to living a healthy life. It strengthens the heart and muscles of the body, as well as improves circulation to the limbs and internal organs. In general, exercise simply makes people feel better about themselves. Despite these universal benefits, certain people have been discouraged from having an exercise regimen. Cancer patients are among those people. After years of forbidding patients from exercising, doctors now urge cancer patients to exercise because of the long list of benefits which research has indicated actually help.
Strengthens the muscles
One of the unfortunate side effects of cancer is extreme fatigue. Many cancer patients have their hearts and muscles weakened even further when they go through treatment. Any movement that further exerts these muscles may seem more harmful than beneficial. However, the exact opposite appears to be the case. Light to moderate-intensity exercise will strengthen a cancer patient's muscles and give him or her more energy throughout the day.
Another symptom commonly experienced by cancer patients is poor circulation. The problem may initially start in the heart or lungs, but it has the ability to disrupt every major function in the body. Thirty minutes of exercise each day will bring in more oxygen and the increased heart rate will allow the body to distribute that oxygen where it is needed. Improving circulation with exercise will allow the organ systems to function more efficiently which will in turn help treatments be as successful as possible.
Improves Quality of Life
People with mesothelioma and other forms of cancer tend to get depressed when they have to rely on others for help with basic tasks. However, exercise has the ability to create exactly what they need: more lean muscle mass. This new muscle mass will give them added strength when beginning treatment, which often reduces muscle mass. It will also give them confidence and a sense of pride in their independence.
Cancer is something that doctors take very seriously. Their ban on exercise was only set in place for them to monitor a patient's progress. However, moderate levels of exercise will not get in the way of that. If anything, exercise will give cancer patients the strength and courage to continue fighting.