Staying on Course While on the Road

I’m on a business trip this week to the Portland, OR area. For me that means traveling cross-country, long busy work days and lots of meals out. I’ve had to come up with a way to survive without an aching back and expanding waist line. This week is particularly hard because I’m spending most of it in a small town without a fitness center at the hotel let alone a local Yoga or Pilates studio. But I’m not letting that stop me. Before leaving, I loaded a 40 minute audio Pilates routine on to my computer and iPhone. Not only does it allow me to keep up with my workouts, it also helps me stay limber and stretch out my lower back which tends to act up under these conditions.

The routine I’m using is an oldie but goodie from Alycea Ungaro called Portable Pilates. It comes with a CD and companion book that contains a basic classical mat routine that’s easy to do in even the smallest space. I make sure to focus on swan and modify it to get the same results as I get when using a magic circle at home. That opens my back up and relieves a lot of the tension that builds throughout the day. I also add a minute long plank at least once a day.