“Traveling to all those different cities must be so interesting!! You get to see so much!!”
There it is. The two sentence combination that immediately tells me that my conversation partner is what I like to call a ‘tourist’. The kind of person who only travels for pleasure and has no idea what business travel is really like let alone real RoadWarrior stuff (oh, how I long for the bliss of those days). For those of you who can call yourselves ‘tourists’, let me say that I envy you and let me also provide you with some insight as to what the typical business trip looks like.
Wake up early -> Jump on a plane -> Get in cab to client offices -> Conduct meeting -> Uber to hotel -> Shuttle to the airport
In and Out….as quickly as possible. That was my routine for a long time and to a great degree still is but that does not mean you can’t fit some of the life of the city in and keep fit.
Over the past few weeks, I have had the opportunity to spend very short stints of time in some of my favorite sightseeing destinations. Seattle, Chicago, New York and DC. With the exception of Chicago, my trips to all 4 were less than 24 hours in total duration but I still managed to spend time experiencing the Manhattan Skyline, Soldier Field and the lake, the Seattle waterfront and Space Needle and the vast majority of the DC monuments (isn’t my workout selfie wonderful?). I did it by incorporating my sightseeing expeditions with my fitness routine.
I know, not everyone loves running but most everyone can run or walk and if the line at the treadmill in these cities was any indication, a lot of RoadWarriors were spending significant time on those machines.
Take that run/walk outside and experience the city!!
With just a little bit of planning, or the right app, you can find a route that will put you on the right path to a workout and a great tour of the city. I use www.mapmyrun.com to plan my routes. In a matter of clicks I had routes to see the city and a guide to make sure that I was following the right path.
4 miles in Chicago let me see the lake and Soldier Field.
2 miles in New Jersey let me get an unbelievable view of the NYC skyline.
5 miles in DC gave me a route that hit all of the major memorials and the White House.
So get out of that dingy hotel gym (let’s face it, even the nicest of them are usually in the basement or some underutilized corner of the facility) and get outside. Pick a monument, a theatre, a landmark and take your own workout selfie. I promise you, you’ll be glad you did.