July 27, 2011

There are plenty of ways to make any trip—for business or pleasure—a fitter one. Take some tips from Charles Stuart Platkin, nutrition and public-health advocate and founder of DietDetective.com.

Even if your hotel doesnt have a pool, you can find one.


  • Check out hikes of all lengths and skill levels, backed up with downloadable maps and satellite images customized to your hike at backpacker.trimbleoutdoors.com/backpacker/home.aspx. You can even get GPS coordinates sent directly to your Garmin, Magellan, or GPS-enchanced phone for on-the-trail updates. (Access the Web site with free registration; full service costs $15 a year.)
  • To view more than 40,000 hikes, subscribe to the excellent www.trails.com. (It costs $49.95 annually--but theres a free 14-day trial, too.)
  • Find an easy and free guide at www.localhikes.com, where you can see hikes based on the metro area youre visiting.