When you’re out of town, all the trappings of home seem far away—and it’s tempting to do only things you don’t do at home (AKA eat ice cream every meal). But fitness doesn’t have to be one of those things you forego when you roll your suitcase out your front door. In fact, sticking to your running routine can make traveling better, says Chris Heuisler, Westin Hotels & Resorts’ RunWESTIN Concierge.
“It’s important to stay healthy and have fun doing it,” says Heuisler, a sub-3 marathoner (and former marathon expert for Equinox Gyms) who oversees the brand’s RunWESTIN program and leads a pack of over 150 Run Concierges who take Westin guests out for morning runs on the most scenic routes around.
Keeping your running game on point when you are on the road isn’t just a good idea for your health. It can also help you get the most out of your time away, Heuisler argues. “I think those who run when they travel are the best travelers. Here’s why.
Read on for Heuisler’s top reasons that keeping up with your fitness makes every trip better.
Exploring a new city
“Runners can actually run up to see a monument, rather than observe from it afar,” Heuisler points out. On your own two feet, rather than in a car, you’ll have access to areas that are off-limits to cars: think beaches, forests, and dramatic Instagram-worthy vistas on the edge cliff. “Runners can literally go the extra mile to get a better shot and run with a view,” he says.”
Connecting with locals
With so many running clubs popping up in new cities, there are ample opportunities for runners to meet up and hit the streets together—so you can have an IRL conversation about the city you’re in and the best places to go or things to do, while you give your playlist-podcast-repeat habit a rest for the day.
Fighting jet lag
“A Toronto doctor studied the effects of exercise and jet lag and concluded that those who exercise upon arrival to the destination recover from jet lag 50 percent faster,” Heuisler says, adding that exposure to natural light also helps the body adjust to its new time zone. So when you’ve had a long journey and you’re ready to dive into your fluffy hotel bed for a quick nap—think again. Go for a light run instead, Heuisler says. It’s the best way to stop jet lag in its tracks—and start your trip on the right (sneaker-clad) foot.
For more information on Westin Hotels & Resorts’ RunWESTIN program, visit westin.com/MOVEWELL
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