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Setting Effective Travel Fitness Goals

Information provided by the Healthy Travel Network (link no longer working)

I'm confident that many readers share itineraries similar to this:

For even the most dedicated among us, finding time for fitness on a schedule like this is extremely challenging. Planning and commitment are key factors in staying fit while you travel.

Try these tips to achieve success.

  1. Define SMART goals: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely.
  2. Be flexible within the constraints imposed by your travel schedule and logistics.
  3. Write your goals in your journal or email them yourself.
  4. When booking your hotel, call ahead to get details about the exercise facility.
  5. If no facility is available, plan alternative activities such as running, walking, or an in-room workout. Many hotels offer aerobic, yoga, and Pilates pay-per-view videos, so check the guide. Or, pack a resistance band in your suitcase for a great workout.
  6. When packing, select your workout gear according to the weather and activities that you've planned.
  7. On the outbound plane ride, review your goals.
  8. If you have time-based goals, schedule appointments with yourself on your calendar. Treat these appointments with the same respect as a customer meeting.
  9. Say "No" to co-workers or customers whose demands interfere with your goals.
  10. At the end of your trip, celebrate your success with a friend, co-worker, or family member.

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