When youâ€™re away from home, it can be a real challenge to stick to your walking routine. Try these tips to stay on track, reduce stress, and stay fit no matter where you are. Stay safe. You need to keep your wits about you, especially when youâ€™re in an unfamiliar area. Donâ€™t walk at night, and donâ€™t walk alone unless youâ€™re somewhere with plenty of people around, such as a mall. Always be aware of your surroundings, and stay on marked trails or streets. Rethink headphones, and either donâ€™t listen to music or use only one ear bud to leave the other ear free to listen to your surroundings. Use the hotel treadmill. Most hotels have a fitness room, so hop on the treadmill for a safer walk. You can watch TV, read a book, or listen to music while youâ€™re walking. Try to choose a treadmill that gives you a good view of the fitness room, and periodically take a good look around. Ask about the best trails and paths around town. If youâ€™re on a business trip, ask your coworkers or clients where they walk, and theyâ€™ll point you to good areas. If youâ€™re on vacation, ask your hotel, travel agent, or local liaison for ideas where to walk. Do it at the same time every day. Make a date with yourself and keep it. When youâ€™re on vacation, you may feel like abandoning your walking program, but donâ€™t do it. Stick with your habit, and allow yourself to explore new places. If you walk daily at home, walk daily when youâ€™re someplace else. Have a backup plan. If your hotel doesnâ€™t have a fitness room, or youâ€™re in meetings from morning â€˜til night, you need an alternate plan for exercise. Some walkers pack exercise videos they can play on their laptops in their hotel room, while others will simply walk around the hotel or swim instead. If youâ€™re on vacation, take the opportunity to walk as many places as you can, or pick two points and walk back and forth between them. You never know who you might meet! If worst comes to worst, you can always dance, march, or do jumping jacks in your room. Walk in to a fitness class. If youâ€™d rather try something new while youâ€™re on vacation, drop in on a yoga or aerobics class. You may find a new favorite activity or one that you can alternate with walking. Walk while waiting. If youâ€™re on a layover or waiting for a tour bus, walk around. You may get your daily amount of exercise in while youâ€™re waiting. The more you move, the better youâ€™ll feel. Exercise also helps combat jet lag. Being in a new place is a great excuse to try a new routine, but itâ€™s not OK to let your walking routine lapse. Substitute an equal amount of another exercise, or try a new way to get your walking in.
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