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Staying fit on the road requires planning anddedication. Here are some ways to stay on trackduring your next trip -- whether it's for businessor pleasure, in Iowa or Indonesia:

1. Stay at fitness-oriented hotels // Several chain hotels have begun to focus onfitness.At some Hyatt properties, there are24/7 gyms with cardio and strength-trainingequipment. Fairmont Hotels & Resortsis starting a program called Fairmont Fitthat delivers workout apparel, footwearand other gear at no charge to guests foruse in-room, in the gyms or outdoors. Tofind other fitness-oriented hotels, go tohealthytravelnetwork.com, which reviewshotels for their fitness options.

2. Search for a workout place at yourdestination // If your hotel has no workoutfacilities, ask where the nearest healthclub is and inquire about a day or weekpass. Or check out running routes for 100North American destinations on athleticmindedtraveler.com, a subscription site. Goto runtheplanet.com for descriptions ofwhere to run and walk in 3,320 cities.

3. Tote your own gym // Hand weightsare a pain to pack, but you can easily toteexercise DVDs. Also, Fit Deck (fitdeck.com)illustrates numerous workout routinesand requires no equipment.

4. Book it // Know ahead of time the hoursat the hotel gym so you can get in thatworkout before or after meetings or sightseeing.Check sunrise and sunset times soyou can book your outdoor exercise duringdaylight.

5. Incorporate fitness into your day //Walk around the museum. Ask a businessassociate to walk while you discuss business.Or suggest a meeting at the hotelgym.

6. Buddy up // Before a business trip, askaround to see whether anyone would liketo share your workout routine. On familyvacations, make a family walk a pre-dinnerritual; let everyone share their impressionsof the day.

7. Hydrate // Travel is dehydrating. Drinkwater on the plane, during business meetingsand while sightseeing. Aim for six toeight glasses a day.

8. Take your own foods // If you're toohungry to work out, candy bars and chipsfrom the hotel vending machine aren't theanswer. Pack a few energy bars or packagesof sports gels in your checked luggage, orbuy them when you arrive.

9. Get a sneak peek // Avoid nutritionalminefields by checking out restaurantmenus ahead of time online and going toWeb sites such as dietfacts.com, which listsnutritional information for more than 400restaurants, or dwlz.com, an independentsite that includes downloadable nutritionalinformation for 488 restaurants.

10. Ease up // Maintaining fitness is thename of the game. So if you slip a little, forgiveyourself. You've probably done betterthan most of your fellow travelers.

[From the Los Angeles Times]

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