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Being Fit While Traveling

For most people, traveling represents a welcome break from the usual routine of life. But whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, the temptation exists to use that break as an excuse to slack off on your fitness routine. If you fall into that trap, it becomes that much harder to resume it when you return home.

Rhythm and momentum are important when it comes to things our bodies may not want to do but are important for staying healthy. So here are a few tips to help you stay on track with your fitness routine while traveling.
Picking your hotel

There is a growing trend of hotels offering their guests opportunities for exercise. Many have gyms on-site or exercise equipment available. Take advantage of any such opportunities.

Before leaving on your trip, do your homework and find hotels offering gyms. On a recent trip to California, I did some research beforehand to make sure I found a hotel suitable for me. I wanted a 24-hour gym so that I could work out at any time. On a travel review site, I found a list of top San Francisco Hotels and was able to choose one that had all of the amenities that I wanted.
Airport trends

A good number of major airports are now offering exercise for their travelers. Some have gyms, yoga rooms, and other types of fitness centers. So do your research beforehand to see if any airports along your stop offer such areas. Recently, there has been an increase in layover times for air travelers, so this is a good chance to make productive use of your time.
Driving vs. walking

Do not drive small distances. Get out and get walking. You will burn more calories this way and add to the enjoyment of your trip by seeing the sights at a slower pace.
Allocating time

It may seem hard to keep your fitness regimen, particularly when traveling with companions. However, it is very important that your reserve twenty to thirty minutes a day for exercise. Humans are creatures of habit. If you can do this at the same time each day, it will be easier to remember.
Diet

Do not succumb to the temptation of visiting vending machines and eating junk food while traveling. These foods can throw a monkey wrench in your plans, leaving you with less energy for your workouts and more calories to burn off when you get back home. Your body will need healthy fuel for exercise, so bring healthy snacks like nuts, fruit, or trail mix along with you on your trip.

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Melanie Bowen has contributed this article about exercising whilst suffering from cancer and going through treatment.

Don’t Forget to Include Exercise in Your Cancer Treatments!

Exercise is an important part of any cancer treatment program. Cancer develops as a result of free radicals forming in the body. Exercise helps to release toxins and free radicals from the body naturally without medications. Cancer treatments can take a toll on the body, so it is important to build a healthy immune system beforehand in order to maintain a successful treatment program. Here are the primary benefits of exercise in cancer patients.

Improve Prognosis With Exercise
If you want to prolong your life after a cancer diagnosis, exercise! It seems counter-intuitive, but you should exercise to keep the blood pumping and the body in the best shape it can be. When all of your body’s systems are operating properly, the toxins can be expelled, and cancer is less likely to grow and spread throughout the body. If the toxins and free radicals are expelled faster, the cancer cells will not have what they need to grow and thrive in your body. Exercise is one of the best defenses that cancer patients can supplement their treatments with.

The Importance of Exercising During Cancer Treatment
Exercise during cancer treatment and increase your chances of survival. Get a group together to remain motivated. Many women may walk in breast cancer walks and train with a group of people. While this event is more formal, you can get a group of supporters together for mesothelioma or a host of other cancer types. Learn about how exercise can help people diagnosed of cancer.

Fight Cancer Naturally With Exercise
Exercise helps cancer patients fight cancer naturally, in addition to the measures they may take with their doctor. Vitamin C and other natural regimens are effective, but exercise is essential to fighting cancer. Research has shown that people who are physically fit will heal faster. After surgery and tumor removal, faster healing times will be important. This is one of the most difficult things to convince patients to do, but once people exercise, they tend to feel more energetic, positive and even motivated!

Reduce the Risk of Cancer and Recurring Episodes With Exercise
Once you have kicked your cancer into remission, you should continue to exercise to prevent recurring incidents of cancer. Most oncologists recommend 30 minutes daily for five times per week, but this will vary depending upon the patient’s energy level and condition. Whether you are fighting breast cancer or mesothelioma, it is important to talk to your doctor to develop a plan that will work for you.

You can follow Melanie’s posts at The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance’s Google + page (https://plus.google.com/u/0/113728328125576889617/posts). My goal in blogging is to help others going through their battle with cancer.

Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Blog http://www.mesothelioma.com/blog

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Posted 28/02/2013 by Isobel Muir

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