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Jogging is a great way to stay healthy and in shape while on assignment as a travel nurse. However, when you are in a new location, finding a good place to jog can be a challenge. Below are some strategies you can use to find jogging paths in a new area.
Most cities maintain an official website online to provide information for people who are planning to move to or visit the city. In many cases, these websites will include a section on recreational activities and opportunities in the area, including local jogging paths.
You can find websites designed for runners and joggers all over the internet, the most popular being Map My Run. Most of these websites offer information about places athletes can run or jog in different cities. In addition, many of these websites will even rate different paths according to their difficulty, scenery and other characteristics.
Although you won't be able to use this strategy until you move into your temporary home, asking the locals about jogging paths in the area is one of the best ways to find good places to jog.
If you will be living in a hotel while you are on assignment, the owners or staff members may be able to fill you in on some good places to run in the area.
In many cities, local parks will offer jogging paths for patrons to use. In most cases, you will be able to use these paths for free. You can learn about parks in your destination city by searching online or calling a visitor's center.
Jogging isn't the only economical way to exercise in a new city. Depending on the location and weather, you may also be able to stay fit by boating, biking or visiting a local recreational center. If you would rather exercise at home, consider borrowing exercise videos from a local library. If you cannot find any free opportunities for exercise, you can always join a gym. If you choose to join a gym, be sure to ask about a short-term membership to save yourself some money.
Exercise is important, even while you are on assignment as a travel nurse. By finding the best jogging paths before your assignments begin or shortly after arrival, you can maintain your routine even as you travel.