Say No to Sedentary Lifestyles!
By Sam Guiragossian
Obesity is on the rise due to poor dieting and sedentary lifestyles. Exercise is a great way to help combat this problem. Staying fit while on the road can be a daunting task for travelers. Hotels are coming to the aid of road warriors by offering state-of-the-art fitness centers as well as healthier food and beverage options for guests. Westin Hotels & Resorts have implemented Westin WORKOUT® facilities powered by Reebok which offer top-of-the line exercise equipment. These modern clubs feature Life Fitness treadmills, Elliptical trainers, recumbent/upright bikes and a complete line of strength training machines.
In addition, The Westin Chicago River North offers a No Excuse Workout regime where the hotel provides freshly laundered work out clothes (t-shirts, shorts and even sneakers) for guests who ‘forgot’ to pack their workout gear. This No Excuse Workout is perfect for travelers looking to pack light, but still wanting to stay fit while on vacation. Everything is provided including a free personal training session with me or one of the other on-property certified personal trainers.
Remember that any form of physical activity is better than nothing. If you’re crunched for time, a quick set (or two) of good old fashioned push-ups or squats is a great way to increase the heart rate while strengthening the lower body muscles. Skip the elevator/escalator and take the stairs to improve cardiovascular endurance. Always remember to use caution when doing any form of exercise and pay close attention to what your body is telling you. For some, you may need to consult with your physician before beginning any form of physical activity.
After your daily physical routine, try the Posterior Shoulder Stretch. Gently pull on your elbow with the opposite hand across the front part of your body until you feel a stretch in your shoulders. Hold this position for 0 – 15 seconds and repeat three times.