Friday, September 13, 2013

I'm back! Work Travel Fitness Recap

Happy Friday everyone! I got back from a looong 3 week work trip to China last night and am SO glad to be back! I am fighting some serious jet lag (12 hour time difference is the worst!) but I thought I'd pop in with a quick recap of my efforts to stay fit during work travel.


Before I left for my trip, I downloaded the You Are Your Own Gym android app, printed out a bunch of Blogilates workouts, and succeeded in booking 3 (out of 7!) hotels with gyms. As a result, I worked out A LOT more than I ever have on a work trip before (i.e. a more than once. or never). Here's what I ended up doing.

I managed to work out 10 times in about 17 days. Not terrible, but not great either. I got pretty sick over the first weekend, which cut out a lot of the fitness time I had penciled in for the first part of the trip. I also only got in 5 cardio sessions, but since I've done serious cardio exactly zero times during previous work travel, I am pretty proud of this progress.  


I also walked some, but not as much as I was expecting to.

I only hit my 10,000 step goal 9 out of 17 days. Part of this was due to the sheer amount of time I spent on airplanes and buses, since my 17 days were spent in 7 different cities. However, I definitely could have made more of an effort to reach this goal.

Wrap Up 

Overall, I am really glad that I made the effort to stay fit during this trip. Exercising realy made a difference in my overall energy levels and helped me deal with the stress of being alone on the road for so long. However, I definitely feel a lot less fit than when I left and gained 3 pounds, although that probably has more to do with what I ate. So. Much. Rice. Anyways, for next trip I will try to:

-Get in at least 3 cardio sessions a week. To do this, I probably need to include some hotel-room appropriate (i.e. no jumping so I don't piss off my downstairs neighbors and get thrown out on the street) options. This will be a lot easier when I can access YouTube videos. Hotel room zumba sounds fun!

-Hit my step goal 3 out of 4 days. Looking up after dinner walking routes near my hotel would probably make a big difference.

-Workout 3 out of 4 days. I need to remember that any workout is better than no workout, even if I can only fit in 10-15 minutes. I think I would have come close to hitting this goal this trip if I didn't get sick the first weekend.

I took what feels like a hundred food pictures during the trip, so I'll be back in a separate post to go over what I ate. Until then, here's a pic of some yummy Beijing street food to tide you over :)


  1. It's so good that you stayed active during this trip--its so hard to get back on the bandwagon if you don't. Good on you!

  2. Phew, your trip sounds exhausting. Congrats on getting in all those workouts!

  3. That food looks absolutely delicious and awesome!!! That rice and street food will pack on the pounds but since you were exercising period you probably didn't gain as much as you might have - WIN!! What an amazing job having you travel to such exotic places. Sounds like fun. #wowlinkup

    1. Thanks Diatta! I definitely don't do a good job of eating super healthy during travel, so staying active is key!

  4. Interesting, I know a lot of people who usually lose weight when the visit China. Are you traveling for work? #wowlinkup

    1. Duh, I missed that it was work travel LOL. What do you do for a living?

    2. Haha no worries. I'm a nonprofit program manager and my region of focus is Asia. This post was written when I still lived in DC, but I'm still doing similar work at a child-health focused non profit here in California now :)