The holidays are fast approaching (cannot believe Thanksgiving is next week!) and with that the inevitable deluge of food and stress. Make sure you are taking time for yourself not just at this time of year, but every week whether you’re on the road or working from home.
While ideally I like to work out hard every day when I’m traveling, with my workload that often isn’t realistic. Instead I set aside at least one night each work week to get in a really tough and long workout (when I’m home I’m at the gym most days) – the other evenings (or mornings if I’m feeling really motivated) may end up being a quick walk, sprint, yoga or stretch session just to move around if I’m lucky.
Carving out time around the work day and all the other responsibilities to focus on yourself can really make a big difference in how you approach your day. I regularly find – I never regret going to the gym, whereas I almost always regret it when I procrastinate and don’t go.
When working out on a work trip, I prefer to be more conservative with my athletic wear – you never know when a colleague will be in the gym at the same time as you – and it’s awkward enough sweating next to a peer or manager, it’s even more uncomfortable if you feel unnecessarily exposed. For this workout outfit I packed a pair of leggings with a looser top that has a higher neckline – with sports bras my chest can show a lot of cleavage very quickly, so for work trips I like finding tops that keep things a bit more covered. I also like to pack an athletic pull over or light weight jacket – it’s often cold in the gym, or between your hotel room and the gym, and there’s times when it makes sense to order a meal from the hotel after your workout (ex: late workout, and restaurant is closing soon, so have to go place an order asap or worked out first thing and running to grab a coffee and breakfast with your newspaper before getting dressed).
For your wellness wrestle time from your work week to work out!
And just for fun – if you want a good workout:
Warm up: 10 Caterpillar pushups
4 Sets (60 second break in-between each full set of all 5 exercises):
15 Burpee Pushups into a Jump Squat on Bench
30 Knee Ups (15/side)
100 Mountain Climbers
40 Jump Lunges
40 Alternating Bench Hops
Hold Plank As long as Possible (Center – aim for 2+ minutes, Left and Right – aim for 1+ minutes)
Stretch to Cool Down
All my best,