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Staying active when you're away from home

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Walking in airport terminals is a great way to get aerobic exercise on a travel day.

These exercise tips can fit any travel plan.

An exercise routine is just that—a routine. But when your regular daily schedule is disrupted by business or vacation travel, your fitness program doesn't have to falter. Here are some ways you can stay active when you're away from home.

Make the most of transit time

Lost in LAX? Long layover in O'Hare? It's easy to log a mile or more along the airport concourse just trying to find your gate. "When I'm traveling through an airport, I never use the trains between terminals or the moving walkways," says exercise expert Dr. I-Min Lee, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. "You'd be surprised at how much aerobic exercise you're getting because you're not thinking about exercise while you're desperately trying to make your connection."

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