Staying Fit Healthy on a Tampa Business Trip

Tampa, Florida is an active city, which is good news for business travelers determined to maintain their fitness while away from home. The city has gyms offering class and day passes, hotels with fitness centers, beautiful outdoor venues and excellent restaurants serving heart-healthy foods. Following are some suggestions for a healthy business trip to Tampa.

1. Join a day pass class

Most exercise clubs require a local address in order to take advantage of free day pass offers. If you have a local address, Youfit health club offers a free one-day guest pass. Hours of operation are Monday-Thursday, 5:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.; Friday, 5 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.; and Saturday-Sunday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Member reviews say the club is clean and has nice equipment and great classes.

If you're on a longer business trip to Tampa, Sweatshop Urban Fitness offers strength training, cardiovascular and core conditioning classes. Classes are offered Monday-Saturday from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. You can purchase a set of classes, such as 10 classes for a set fee. Members say the cardio and strength-training classes are intense and productive.

The YMCA offers a free three-day pass to their three Citrus County facilities, and it's good for six months. The YMCA's, like the Downtown YMCA Wellness Centers, offer yoga, indoor cycling, intense interval training classes and more. Hours of operation are: Monday-Thursday, 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and closed on weekends. The member reviews give high marks for the group classes catering to the business traveler looking for a lunchtime workout.

2. Lower stress at a day pass gym

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Many business travelers need to lower their stress level, and Bella Prana Yoga is the place to go. The studio offers a variety of yoga classes for men and women that include gentle yoga, Ashtanga and more. You can purchase a single class and up to one month of unlimited classes. Classes start at 6:00 a.m. Monday-Friday, with the last class starting at 7:15 or 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, the first class is at 9:00 a.m., and the last class starts at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, classes begin at 7:00 a.m. and the last class starts at 6:00 p.m. Reviewers say it rent mats, has motivating staff and offers a great variety of classes.

3. Walk or run to the nearest outdoor venue

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After sitting through an indoor business meeting in Tampa, it's time for fresh air. You can rent a bicycle at City Bike Tampa, located downtown. It's open Monday-Wednesday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 P.M.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. People who rented bikes adore the wide choice of bikes and the excellent customer service.

The Tampa Riverwalk is always open and, because it is located downtown, it's ideal for people visiting Tampa for business. The 2.4-mile Riverwalk is a beautiful spot for jogging, walking or biking. Reviews for the Riverwalk are glowing because the walkway includes historical descriptions and a great view of the bay.

4. Maintain home fitness regimen in hotel

Most hotels have a workout room for business travelers who want to stay on their exercise schedule. The Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay is a good example because it has cardio and weight training equipment in a 24-hour Stay Fit gym. The reviews of the hotel point out there are many ways to stay fit. The hotel has two outdoor pools, two tennis courts, bicycles for rent and a nearby boardwalk nature trail.

5. Eat healthy after workouts

To stay fit, you have to eat healthy. The Columbia Café in the Tampa Bay History Center on the Tampa Riverwalk is an excellent choice for mixing healthy food and local culture. The Cuban restaurant has vegetarian and gluten-free options, a variety of salads and healthy entrees like baked chicken with yellow rice. Diner reviews rave about the food, the service and the location.

There's a Facebook page called "Tampa Bay Fitness Events" on which people promote local events. Join one of the events while attending a business meeting in Tampa to stay fit and network with locals. You should also follow the blog of a local personal trainer because you can ask questions in the comment section. Here's some sound advice: Jump at the chance to go on a business trip to Tampa because the living is healthy.

Looking to stay healthy while traveling on business to Tampa? Let us know in the comments below what’s missing from our list.