How to be a road warrior

Eight tips for staying fit while travelling for business 
TORONTO, May 8, 2014 /CNW/ - For many of us, exercise isn't easy. So it's no 
surprise that when taken out of our regular routines it's one of the first 
things to fall to the wayside - along with that 'strict' diet you've been 
following, of course! The folks at Choice Hotels Canada spend a lot of time on 
the road and, lucky for us, they're sharing their fitness tips. 
"It's not as hard to stay active when you're travelling as you may think," 
says Tim Oldfield, managing director, Choice Hotels Canada. "A few small 
tweaks to your schedule and a little bit of planning and you'll return from 
your trip with your waistline intact." 
Whether you're flying or driving, at a hotel with a gym or without, here are 
eight simple tips for your next trip: 

      1. Pack healthy snacks
         o Travelling can be stressful which will make you want to eat
           junk. But with nutritious snacks on-hand, you'll avoid giving
           into that temptation. Stock the mini fridge with fruits and
           yogurt and use the coffee maker's water dispenser to make
           oatmeal as a healthy breakfast.
      2. Slip on those walking  shoes
         o We recently read that sitting is the new smoking, so make sure
           to get up and walk as much as you can. Whether it's a few blocks
           to your next meeting or just around the airport terminal - just
           remember to pack comfortable shoes.
      3. Stay hydrated
         o Flying dehydrates you, which makes you tired and when you're
           tired you can overeat. Keep a bottle of water with you at all
           time and you'll make friends with your waistline and skin. Note:
           Alcoholic beverages do not count.
      4. Stretch it out
         o Do a little yoga after you've been sitting for an extended
           period. Your body will thank you. It's a great idea to also
           stretch out before bed as it can help alleviate stress.
      5. Pack lightweight fitness essentials
         o Aside from your running shoes and workout gear, a skipping rope
           can be your best friend if you're craving some cardio on the go.
           Resistance bands are also useful.
      6. Schedule your workout
         o It's easy to say there's no time or brush it aside when outside
           of your normal schedule, but by adding it into your daily
           agenda, you'll increase the likelihood of actually getting to it
           - whether you're a morning person or night owl.
      7. Check your gym options
         o If you know that the gym in your hotel is a claustrophobic box
           with a 1980's treadmill, make sure to bring your membership from
           home with you. Popular chains like
           Goodlife Fitness
           allow members to access any of their locations nationwide.
      8. Bring Rover
         o Now this might not be possible for some professions, however, if
           you have an animal-friendly job…and hotel, consider
           bringing your furry friend along. Those daily walks will help
           keep you in shape and it's someone to cuddle with at night.

So lay off the chips and excuses and you'll see how easy it is to maintain a 
healthy routine when travelling. Plus if you sign up for Choice Privileges, 
which is one of the fastest growing hotel loyalty programs, you can start 
earning points towards free nights - and who doesn't like free?

About Choice Hotels Canada

Choice Hotels Canada is the nation's largest hotel franchisor with 325 
properties currently open or under development.  The company's Comfort, 
Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Econo Lodge, Rodeway Inn, 
MainStay Suites and Suburban Extended Stay brands are designed to accommodate 
the value-oriented traveller. In addition, there is the Ascend Hotel 
Collection membership program which consists of unique, boutique and historic 
properties. Combined they serve more than five million Canadian guests each 
year. All hotels are independently owned and operated.

Choice brands can be found in every major and most secondary markets across 
Canada.  Through its Choice Privileges rewards program, members can easily 
earn points for free hotel stays or gift cards at popular retailers.  With 
more than 19 million members worldwide, Choice Privileges is one of the 
fastest growing hotel loyalty programs in the travel industry.

Choice Hotels Canada is affiliated with Choice Hotels International, Inc. 
which franchises more than 6,300 hotels in more than 30 countries and 
territories worldwide.  For reservations call 800.4CHOICE 
(800.424.6423)/800.BO.RÊVES (800.267.3827) or visit for 
additional corporate information.

Choice Hotels, Choice Hotels Canada, Choice Privileges, Comfort, Comfort 
Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, MainStay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay, 
Econo Lodge, Rodeway Inn, Ascend Hotel Collection, 800.4CHOICE and 
800.BO.RÊVES are proprietary trademarks and service marks of Choice Hotels 

©2014 Choice Hotels Canada Inc. All rights reserved.

SOURCE  Choice Hotels Canada Inc. 
energi PR: Lauren Wasley Tel: 416.425.9143 ext. 19 
Choice Corporate: Diana Kuhnberg Tel: 905.206.7343 
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