Auto insurance is our specialty but not everything related to travelling is about making sure you have the right coverage. It’s also important to have the best possible quality of life while travelling and taking care of yourself so any long road-trips don’t wear you out. That said; we have put together a blog series about getting the most out of your time on the road.
This first entry was written with those who travel for a living or are preparing for a long road-trip…
Keeping Mind and Body Fit on the Road
Business trips and any long road-trips have a tendency to disrupt our regular routines – especially our exercise habits. Without the familiarity of a local gym, home treadmill, elliptical machine or jogging route, many travelers don’t work out because it’s simply more convenient not to. And this lack of physical activity can cause sleeplessness, fatigue and irritability. Worst of all, any or all of those conditions can rear their ugly heads when you are behind the wheel leading to decreased reaction time or even bouts of road rage. This should be avoided at all costs so we have a few ideas for keeping your mind and body fit when on the road:
• Whenever possible, make reservations at a hotel with a pool, exercise facility or one that offers passes to a nearby gym. A few laps in a pool can do wonders for helping promote a good night’s sleep.
• Try exercising in your hotel room. When making reservations, check to see if the room will have a DVD player so you can use an exercise DVD – or use your laptop. You can also bring lightweight, easily stored equipment from home, like resistance bands and wrist and ankle weights.
• Use the hotel’s common areas to take an indoor hike through the halls or “do” the stairs” (but take the elevator down to save your knees).
You should always check with your doctor before exercising of course – and this is not meant to be construed as medical advice. This is just some friendly info to make you aware of the risks associated with inactivity due to long stints of driving.