I have a hard time disciplining other people’s kids. Perhaps it’s because I don’t have kids of my own, or maybe it’s a healthy fear that the parent will call the police if I were to beat down their monkey-boy. This doesn’t mean that I don’t harbor fantasies of slapping a child silly when he needs it… The other day, for example, I had some time to squeeze in a workout and while the workout room in my hotel was “meager” to say the least, it was at least something. When I got to the room, I found a young 5 or 6 year old boy swinging from one of the machine’s cables, with the TV remote control in his mouth. Was it worth it to try and politely tell this child that he was too young to be there, or that we should try to find his father? Maybe I could tell him they were passing out free candy on the other side of the street…
As a frequent traveler, I learned that reliable access to a high quality gym in or from my hotel is more often a myth than a reality. Good old fashioned push-ups and sit-ups are easy to do, but the biggest change in my exercise routine is done when I book the hotel. It’s not always easy, but I try to book a hotel that is a mile or so from the office. Fast-walking through
Being on the road makes it SO EASY to get your body out of balance because you expense things that your body isn’t accustomed to. Non-coffee drinkers find themselves drinking coffee on the road to help them adjust to a new timezone. Coffee drinkers will drink stronger coffee than usual. If you took a look in the mirror, you’d find that you’re probably drinking more soda, tea and other beverages in restaurants, and you’ll consume more alcohol than usual in the evenings. It takes discipline, but water is the way to go, staying hydrated is key. I have a favorite aluminum bottle that I keep filled with water, just in case there’s none handy. I drink its contents when I’m NOT thirsty on the plane and at night in the hotel room before going to bed. People tend to retain salt when they travel and good hydration helps to eliminate it and keep a balance. The trick for me is not to eat or drink anything that I wouldn’t ordinarily eat or drink at home. If you’re having dinner with clients, drink one glass of water for every alcoholic beverage you consume. This is even more important at high altitudes like
These days, I try to avoid as much “excess time” in an airport as I can. Still, the three hour layover is inevitable so I would consider an airport gym under certain circumstances. For example, I always wear comfortable shoes when I travel and I always have a spare shirt in my carry-on, just in case I have to spend the night somewhere. If the airport gym had a shower, I’d use it. I wouldn’t do any serious treadmill running or heavy lifting directly before boarding because the sudden switch to “sitting still” without cooling down for awhile would cramp up muscles, etc. The easiest thing to do is to walk the airport. The
Stay aware of your home city’s time zone and try to honor it as best as you can. For example, If you’re a
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