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Fit to Travel

An exercise regime shouldn't end when you take a trip -- so in a pinch, get creative

You're on a roll with your new fitness routine, and then you go on vacation. Or, you get sent on that business trip you've been trying to avoid.

Either way, don't despair. There are ways to stay fit while on the road, according to an article in The Record of Bergen County, N.J.

The first thing you should do when preparing for your trip is to check out your options. Does the hotel have a health club? What are the hours? How much does it cost? If it doesn't have a health club, call the concierge and find out where the closest gym is located. Call ahead to find out if you can work out there, what kind of classes are offered and what kind of facilities it has.

Also, consider options such as walking, hiking or riding a rented bike. The added advantages of these approaches is that you get to explore while you exercise. Make sure you take proper footwear, water bottles and a helmet -- if you're going to ride a bike. Check with the front desk at your hotel, or with the pros at the bike shop, to find out where the safest routes are.

In a pinch, get creative. If you have your workout shoes and the appropriate clothes, you can always walk the stairs, again and again. Be sure to pack a portable music player and headset. Elastic exercise bands are another great travel option. Take a few classes at home, then pack them with you whenever you travel. Jump ropes are another option. Finally, dancing the night away with friends is another way to sneak in some exercise.

To find out more about staying fit on vacation, you can read this article from CNN. To find out more about walking, a great exercise at home or on vacation, you can read this article from Prevention magazine.

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