Exercise tips for travelers

I love to exercise and I’m in a good groove with it right now. But when you’re permanently on the go, it can be hard to find the time, not to mention the practical difficulties. Here are my top tips.

I’m doing a lot of traveling right now but I’ve still managed to work out almost every day. When I’ve had a busy period of traveling in the past I’ve always ended up out of shape or at least fallen out of good habits. Recently, though, I’ve been alternating runs with the gym and strength training in hotel rooms and in J’s apartment. I’ve realized that you can easily plan in a workout every morning, even when traveling. An exercise session on arrival is also a great way to cure jet lag if you’ve had a slightly longer flight. 

Below are my top tips for getting some exercise when you’re off traveling: 

1. Bring your running shoes.
You can always go for a run, pretty much wherever you are. It’s also a great way to experience a city. One of my personal favorites is to do a lap of Victoria Park in London, which is about 5 km. Perfect for before (or after) visiting Broadway Market on a Saturday. A good tip is to buy a proper shoe bag that you can do up and can stuff with your exercise gear. It’s also a good idea to use packing bags for all the other things in your suitcase. That way you can avoid the smell of sweaty sneakers.

2. Use a gym where you don’t need to bring your exercise gear
In Stockholm, I go to Balance, where I have a locker containing shoes and a toiletry bag. When I arrive there, I can get a towel, tights or shorts, top or t-shirt, and socks. So these things don’t take up any room in my bag. 

3. Book a hotel with a gym
It’s an easy way to solve the exercise problem. I suggest the Radisson Blu Plaza at Oslo S, which has treadmills at the very top on the 37rd floor. They’re right next to the glass so it feels like you’re running through the sky. The Ace Hotel in New York is another hotel with a great gym.

4. If you can’t find a hotel with a gym, you can always do some bodyweight exercises.
The great thing about these is that you can do them anywhere, without the need for a gym. You can always squeeze in a quick 10–20 minute workout. On gym-free days, I usually exercise my stomach/core in my hotel room. The rest of my body I look after at a gym another day. There are plenty of apps for this type of exercise. Madbarz and Asana Rebel are two good ones. An online search will also bring up plenty of familiar exercises such as planks, sit-ups, squats and push-ups.

5. Sometimes it can feel like there’s no time left for anything
But there are lots of ways you can squeeze in some exercise. Lounge exercise, for example. When you fly with SAS and depart from or stopover in Oslo (also on arrival if you’re a Diamond member) you can book a slot in the gym at the lounge and have a really healthy stopover/arrival/departure. If you’re on a stopover to an international destination, it can be a little tricky getting over to the domestic lounge, but you’ll find it easier with practice. 

My favorite agent is back at Heathrow

This time at the gate. So lovely to hear “How are you today Mrs/Mr Secret Traveler?” before they’ve even seen your boarding pass.   

It’s the last day for one of my colleagues this December

Being on the road together for long periods creates a strong bond. They’ll be sorely missed. 

I’m looking forward to more days in Oslo

Had a Board meeting this week and it looks like it’s going to be 2–3 days in Oslo a month for me in 2019. It’ll be fun to be doing it regularly again! 

December 17, 2018

Secret Traveler

Age: 31
EuroBonus level: Diamond
No. of times around the world by air: 20
Total time in the air per year: 1,6 weeks (3%)
No. of countries visited: 34
Most frequent destinations: ARN, LHR/LCY, OSL, DPS
Favorite destination: The Ligurian coast
Never leaves home without: Noise Canceling Headphones (Bose QC35) and Passport

I’m an entrepreneur in Europe with the entire world as my workplace. It’s lucky I love traveling as I spend much of my working day on the move as well as my leisure time - there’s so much to see and new people to meet.

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