I feel like I’ve been traveling for weeks. Mainly because I have been traveling for weeks: In a quest to greedily gather up all the best article ideas to share with readers of Experience Life, I’ve been hitting a number of fitness symposiums around the country.
Happily, I can say that my workout routine hasn’t fallen by the wayside during this time, but that wasn’t always the case — I used to write off great swaths of time as impossible. Gathering enough motivation to get to the gym while I was on the go was far tougher than the workout itself.
But then I remembered: Being healthy isn’t a part-time job to be fit in around the edges of the rest of the time, when chances are I was talking or writing or posting about being being healthy. It’s the main gig.
One of the perks of being a fitness editor is that even the lectures at these events are pretty active — someone is always making you stand up to demonstrate something, and group workouts are the norm. But I’ve also started considering my trips opportunities to explore the local gym culture, dropping in on a different one each evening. I end up doing activities that range from Olympic weightlifting to kettlebells to yoga to CrossFit, to sampling the many amenities at EL‘s very own publisher, Life Time Fitness.
Below, Joe Dowdell, owner of hot-hot-hot gym Peak Performance in New York City and author of Ultimate You, offers up his top 10 tips for staying in shape when you’re on the move. My faves: 7, 8, and 10. (Click on it to enlarge the document.)