When you're out of town on business and can't get to a gym, stay fit with a simple five-point program from Bill Driskill, a personal fitness trainer and owner of Total Body Fitness in Rocklin, California.
- Walk: Use coffee breaks at meetings and conventions to take a brisk stroll--not enough to break into a sweat, but enough to loosen your muscles. "A five- to 10-minute walk," suggests Driskill, "will raise your heart rate, increase your oxygen intake, burn additional calories and increase your metabolic rate. Your body will feel energized and your mind sharp."
- Stretch: Take two or three minutes every hour to stretch your upper body, shoulders and neck. You can do a simple routine sitting in a chair.
- Avoid sugar: The sweet rolls and cookies often found at conferences may taste great, but sugar provides only a short-term energy boost. Sweets act as natural depressants in the long run.
- Limit caffeine and alcohol: These drinks dehydrate you and limit your ability to focus.
- Drink water: Driskill says the amount of water you drink each day should equal, in ounces, one-half your body weight. If you weigh 140 pounds, that's 70 ounces, or seven 10-ounce glasses, each day. Take a water bottle with you and fill it regularly.
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