With the holidays behind us, and new year in front of us, people are trying to keep up with their New Years’ resolutions. Like every year, losing weight tops the chart at number-one as the most common resolution. For people who travel often, this resolution proves to be far more difficult than expected. In fact, only 8% of people are actually successful at reaching their goals.
Time: “There are not enough hours in the day.” Many people complain about how busy their schedules are and how they would workout if they could find the time or if they traveled less. The truth is, however, there are plenty of ways you can get a workout in without that extra hour. Many of these activities can be done at home or in your hotel room, while preforming daily tasks. For example– Wall sits while brushing your teeth; crunches and push ups during those boring TV commercials; calf raises or lunges while talking on the phone; tricep dips while going over your itinerary for the day at your desk; taking the stairs instead of waiting for an elevator; or even walking to your meeting or lunch.
No Gym: Although some hotels offer small workout facilities, visitors may choose not to take advantage of these spaces. Or maybe you are staying at a hotel that doesn’t offer this service at all. But there are also numerous activities people can do to get a workout in without the use of a gym. Ask the concierge for local spots to go ice skating or rollerblading, taking a long walk, or finding a tall building and use the stairs to get a workout in. Also, if you’re on the fourth floor in a hotel, take the stairs, as well.
Impatient: Most people toss in the flag before their bodies have even had a chance to change. Many people think that once they start working out, the pounds will just melt off. The truth is, though, it takes around five weeks of dieting and exercising until most people start to see a change in their bodies. Many people also get frustrated because the number on the scale does not go down and in some cases people may gain weight, this is because muscle weighs more than fat. In order to prevent these things from getting in the way of your goal, try measuring your success with the way your clothes start to fit instead of focusing on the number on the scale or focus on how great you feel after your workout and find satisfaction in that regardless of any number.
Workouts are Tedious: Another reason people give up is because they get bored with their routine. Going to the gym starts to become dreadful when you do the same things day in and day out. Fight boredom by trying a new class. If you usually do cardio, try mixing in some weight training, or skip the gym all together and try going for a run outside. Going for a run can give you a chance to explore your unfamiliar surroundings.
So when you want to give up, remember why you started in the first place. And don’t accept the excuse that you are “on the road” or “on vacation” and unable to exercise – Fort Wayne has dozens of options for you, including fantastic hotel workout facilities and an impressive trail system.