Travel tips: 10 ways to...

Staying fit on the road requires planning and dedication. Here are some ways to stay on track during your next trip -- whether it's for business or pleasure, in Iowa or Indonesia:

1. Stay at fitness-oriented hotels // Several chain hotels have begun to focus on fitness.At some Hyatt properties, there are 24/7 gyms with cardio and strength-training equipment. Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is starting a program called Fairmont Fit that delivers workout apparel, footwear and other gear at no charge to guests for use in-room, in the gyms or outdoors. To find other fitness-oriented hotels, go to, which reviews hotels for their fitness options.

2. Search for a workout place at your destination // If your hotel has no workout facilities, ask where the nearest health club is and inquire about a day or week pass. Or check out running routes for 100 North American destinations on athletic, a subscription site. Go to for descriptions of where to run and walk in 3,320 cities.

3. Tote your own gym // Hand weights are a pain to pack, but you can easily tote exercise DVDs. Also, Fit Deck ( illustrates numerous workout routines and requires no equipment.

4. Book it // Know ahead of time the hours at the hotel gym so you can get in that workout before or after meetings or sightseeing. Check sunrise and sunset times so you can book your outdoor exercise during daylight.

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

6. Buddy up // Before a business trip, ask around to see whether anyone would like to share your workout routine. On family vacations, make a family walk a pre-dinner ritual; let everyone share their impressions of the day.

7. Hydrate // Travel is dehydrating. Drink water on the plane, during business meetings and while sightseeing. Aim for six to eight glasses a day.

8. Take your own foods // If you're too hungry to work out, candy bars and chips from the hotel vending machine aren't the answer. Pack a few energy bars or packages of sports gels in your checked luggage, or buy them when you arrive.

9. Get a sneak peek // Avoid nutritional minefields by checking out restaurant menus ahead of time online and going to Web sites such as, which lists nutritional information for more than 400 restaurants, or, an independent site that includes downloadable nutritional information for 488 restaurants.

10. Ease up // Maintaining fitness is the name of the game. So if you slip a little, forgive yourself. You've probably done better than most of your fellow travelers.

[From the Los Angeles Times]