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Why Running Is The Best Way To Explore A New City When Traveling For Work

By Bustle Studios

I don’t know about you, but it seems like every other weekend I’m packing a bag to head to a new city. Many of these trips consist of destination weddings and weekend getaways, but every now and then, there's a work trip. It's exciting, but also a chore. On one hand, you get to go somewhere new. On the other, you're technically working, and likely have a schedule filled with obligations.

We've partnered with Hilton Hotels & Resorts to bring together a series of tips and tricks to make the most out of your business trip. With the many locations of the properties offered by Hilton, you'll always be at the center of it all. Especially when you're on a business trip, I've found the best way to explore a new city, believe it or not, is by actually running through it.

Hear me out! Big benefits come from packing (and then removing) your running sneakers. After all, travel can put your health routine on the back burner, especially when coupled with the stress of work. Why not combat the two with a running route that passes iconic destinations on your "must-see" list? To get the most mileage out of your next trip, we partnered with Hilton Hotels & Resorts to give you five reasons to lace up on your next vacation.

1. You Get To Move At Your Own Pace

A jam-packed business trip doesn’t allow a lot of flexibility with time. By definition, you're at the mercy of your company calendar. In the midst of all this, heading out for a run allows you to move at your own pace rather than adhere to somebody else’s timeline. Choose to cover more ground without making pit stops, or feel free to stop, linger, and take as many pictures as you want! You can plan your route out ahead of time on the Hilton Honors App, which has a map on its "Explore" function. That way, you'll be able to hit all the spots you like, while still being productive.

2. You Get To Beat The Crowds

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One of the most annoying things about sightseeing is the crowds that come along with popular destinations. By lacing up and heading out for an early morning run, you’ll get to see the area, but avoid the long lines typical of city landmarks. Get the most out of your run by planning your accommodations carefully. With multiple locations in cities around the world, Hilton Hotels & Resorts allow you to stay right within the action so you can see as much as possible!

3. You Get Some ‘Me’ Time

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We all know that traveling can be hectic and chaotic, so incorporating some "me" time into your day is incredibly important. Running is scientifically proven to relieve stress and can even help you cope with jet lag, so it’s the perfect way to reset during your trip without compromising your plans to explore. If you find yourself with some extra down time during a trip, tack a run onto a treatment at your Hilton Hotel & Resorts spa, or a dip in the pool. It's the perfect way to de-stress before a day full of meetings.

4. It's A Great Way To Bond With Co-Workers

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Traveling with co-workers is a great chance to get to know them on a deeper level. If you're looking for a fun ice-breaker activity, lace up your shoes and take them for a run! When you're cooling down and strolling at the end, you can take in the sights you'd like to hit during off-hours. After all — nothing is better than having a buddy on a business trip.

5. There’s No Extra Equipment Necessary

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With so many travel baggage restrictions these days, packing extra workout equipment just isn’t an option for most of us ... especially if you're traveling for business. And who wants to lug a heavy suitcase to the airport? Luckily, running requires minimal accessories: All you need are some comfortable, sweat-wicking clothes and a pair of running sneakers. Feeling especially motivated after your run? Book one of Hilton’s new Five Feet To Fitness rooms (available at select locations) and bring the best of every hotel gym straight to your hotel room. You can cap your run with a HIIT workout or wind down with yoga before moving on with your day.

For more content on making the most out of your business trip, visit our "Doing The Most" hub.

This article is sponsored by Hilton Hotels & Resorts.