My ratio of pleasure vs. work travel is infinitesimally small but I was fortunate enough this past extended weekend to travel to LA & Santa Barbara with my wife Joy On paper the trip was ideal, 4 days with just the two of us enjoying our native California sand and sun. One day as a couple in Santa Monica and 3 up in Santa Barbara where we would reconnect with fellow UCSB Gaucho alumni and their families. What could be wrong with that kind of trip? Romance, friends, California sun, great food and my beloved Ocean, virtually nothing could derail this trip, unless of course the hotel we stayed at did not have a gym.
Which of course, it didn’t.
Now when I travel for business, I am faced with all kinds of options as to where I would like to stay. The choice is mine and very often it comes down to ‘Who has the best gym?’. But this time we were traveling with 5 other families, from all over the country with kids of all ages all getting together in the same spot. My fitness needs took a back seat (and rightfully so) to the greater needs of the collective. So as we found the one hotel in the Santa Barbara area that could house our motley crew, it was up to my wife and I to figure out a way to make fitness a priority. We had a choice to make.
We could either let it slide for the weekend (I mean really, it is just a weekend) or we could make it work. So make it work we did.
Santa Monica was easy, with a full gym a located less than a block from the beach and running paths, it was a no brainer. Easy-peasy and I got to enjoy sights like the one below.
Santa Barbara was a lot tougher but thank God I had Joy with me.
You see she is a Beachbody Coach and in the middle of a PiYo challenge so I focused on her routine rather than mine. She had her workouts downloaded already and even though we did not have a single weight, treadmill or elliptical at our disposal, we got 3 challenging workouts in over the 3 days in Santa Barbara. Without a workout room, we even had to improvise on the location (it is amazing how much space your standard pool deck has when you move the chase lounges out of the way) where we could complete the PiYo workouts. To say we improvised is putting it mildly. Joy even took video of our space for one of her accountability groups which can be seen below and as you can see, there was a great deal of improvisation going on with these workouts.
Now I am not going to lie, we got a lot of funny looks from the other guests who were passing us doing our PiYo on the pool deck. Our preferred workout area was directly on the path for all hotel guests who were getting their breakfast from the free buffet.
And for every ‘You guys are so good’ comment I heard or crazy eye directed our way, I had to remind myself that;
a) Their opinion did not matter – living longer for my wife and kids does
b) It is my health and not theirs – I can only choose to affect my own health, they can only choose to affect their health
c) We do crazy stuff like this so that we can enjoy the good stuff later – Like Brophy Brothers which is one of our absolute favorite dining spots on the planet and the location of the picture below;
So don’t let opinion, resources or apathy get in the way of you achieving your fitness goals while on the road. You can always do something. Walk, run, do a body weight series or maybe even a PiYo workout. Regardless of the circumstances, you can do something and you will feel worlds better for it when you are done.