By Sheer Balance / www.divinecaroline.com
When I travel, whether for business or pleasure, I do almost everything possible to maintain my fitness regimen. Granted, it isn’t always easy and I’m sometimes unsuccessful, but regardless, my sneakers, my workout clothing, and my iPod are always packed.
Recently, while away with a friend, she seemed surprised when I told her I would be heading to the gym during our weekend away. I don’t know why I felt compelled to launch into an explanation, but I did. I found myself making excuses for my lifestyle and defending something that is natural to me. At that moment, I realized that exercise really means different things to different people. For me, it is a way of life … a way to keep me sane. For others, it might purely be a way to keep off, or for that matter, lose weight.
If there is a perception that exercise represents deprivation, I can totally understand why people would loathe exercise while on vacation. However, there are so many benefits to maintaining your exercise regimen while away. Focusing on the positives might make you think twice next time you whisk yourself away to paradise.
1. Regularity: I don’t know about you, but when I travel, my digestive tract tends to get a little out of whack. Things don’t necessarily move as freely as I’d like. Exercising helps to maintain proper bowel function and reduce constipation. Further, if you are like me, you may get a little bloated from eating differently while you are away. Exercising will also help to alleviate that gassy feeling.
2. Energy Levels: When you travel it is easy to feel tired and out of sorts, especially when crossing time-zones. Exercising helps you to maintain your energy levels and stamina so that you can be productive (if working) or energized for fun.
3. Sleep Patterns: Just as exercise helps you to maintain your energy levels, it also helps to ensure a good night’s sleep. While on the road, it can be difficult to get the sleep you need. Exercising helps to maintain good sleep patterns, mood, and overall well-being while you are away.