Business travel can wreak havoc on your schedule, especially on your fitness routine. When you’re trying hard to squeeze in emails between back-to-back meetings and client dinners, it can be challenging to find the time (or the energy) to work out.
While it may be tempting to “forget” your gym clothes altogether, consider this: staying active can give you the energy and stamina you need to help you through those long days on the road.
In fact, many studies suggest that business travelers who exercise while they travel can improve reaction time and alertness by up to 61%. Exercise can also boost your body’s immunity defenses against airplane and hotel germs, reduce stress levels by triggering the release of brain endorphins, burn calories to help you stay trim, and even help you sleep better.
“So how exactly can I stick to my fitness routine while on the road?” you may be wondering. Chances are you already bring a smartphone or tablet along when traveling for work, and that’s all you need to squeeze in a workout while traveling. Here’s a roundup of equipment-free fitness apps that will enable you to get your sweat on, even if you only have 20 minutes to spare.
6 FITNESS APPS FOR WORKING OUT WHILE TRAVELING:
Sworkit was designed for busy people on the go and allows you to choose between equipment-free strength, yoga, Pilates, and stretching routines. The workout lengths range from 5-minute bursts to more intensive 50-minute routines, making it easy to find a workout that works with your schedule. Designed for novices and professional trainers alike, users can create custom routines from a library of over 170 exercises.
2. Pocket Yoga
Even if you’re lucky enough to be staying at a hotel that offers yoga classes, it can be tough to fit a class into your travel schedule. Enter Pocket Yoga. This customizable app allows you to fit a yoga class into even the most hectic travel itinerary.
Choose between 27 different video classes of different difficulty levels and durations, or create custom classes by stringing poses together in the order you prefer. Whatever your skill level and amount of free time, this app will help you decompress in the comfort of your hotel room.
3. THE ORIGINAL 7-Minute Workout App FROM Johnson & Johnson
Don’t let the name “Johnson & Johnson” scare you away. The Original 7-Minute Workout App was made by fitness professionals and offers a variety of workouts that don’t require any equipment. It guides you through the original 7-Minute-Workout, which is made up of 12 exercises that are performed one after the other, for 30 seconds each, at high intensity. It also offers longer, more challenging workouts for those with more time or higher fitness levels. Bonus: If it's not easy to see your phone, the app has audio cues that dictate the exercise name, when to start and end movements, and form cues.
Traveling for work has some nice perks, but access to healthy food options isn’t always one of them. MyFitnessPal makes it easy to track what you eat and track exactly how many calories you’ve consumed. Not only that, but you can create a personal food diary and review a summary of what you’ve been consuming over the course of your trip. MyFitnessPal is also allows you to track details about your workouts so you can see how many calories you’ve burned.
5. Nike Training Club
This popular app offers equipment-free workout routines ranging from 30 to 45 minutes, perfect for someone on-the-go. Nike Training Club offers video tutorials for each exercise, rewards for logged fitness minutes, and the ability to set reminders by syncing with your calendar.
6. Map My Run
Going on a quick jog, walk, or hike can be the perfect way to boost your energy while on a business trip. But knowing what route to take (and how to get back to your hotel) in an unfamiliar city can be tricky. That’s where Map My Run comes in handy. The app allows you to track your mileage and route while notifying you of nearby tourist attractions, so you can exercise and sightsee at the same time.
Changing time zones, travel delays, client meetings, and late-night dinners can interfere with your typical fitness routine. Fitness apps are a convenient tool for helping you work out while traveling, at a time that works with your schedule and without leaving your hotel room.
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