By Alex Konrad, reporter
FORTUNE -- As CEO of a global athletic brand (new stores just opened in London and Hong Kong), Christine Day travels two weeks out of five -- all while keeping up a fitness regimen befitting the company she leads. Whenever she visits a store, she has Lululemon (LULU) employees who run in-store classes take her through a training session. And it's the staffer's choice -- anything from tossing a weighted kettlebell to a military-inspired boot camp. "I swear," Day says, "sometimes they pick boot camp just to see if I break." The team sweat sessions are the perfect encapsulation of Day's road-tested routine: merge work with the workout.
My survival skills
Meet at the gym. In the morning, after I get up and do at least 25 sun salutations (to get the kinks out of my back), I go to the gym. Anyone I'm traveling with I have meet me at the gym before breakfast -- that way, I have to show up!
Band aid. I travel with a resistance band so I can lie on my back on my yoga mat and do a series of leg movements. I also try to stay in Westins with workout rooms -- they have the stability ball and stationary bike.
Hit the trails. I always ask my assistant to check if there is a natural running route from the hotel to our store. Even better: a hotel or store near a trail system, which is the case in Georgetown. It makes for a more active run.
The Bar code. I take energy bars with me on airplanes -- LaraBars and Clif Bars -- to avoid the in-flight food. I will eat the fruit or cheese plates they serve.
Set a goal. Last January I started training for a half-marathon we sponsor, the Lululemon SeaWheeze race in Vancouver. This winter I plan to do a 30-day yoga challenge, and lose an inch off my waist by June.
Stay accountable. I track all my runs on RunKeeper, then send Facebook updates to my trainer. I take a picture of myself at the end of a run too, and update that. Anything I miss, I make up on the back end. Posting about it keeps me accountable.
This story is from the December 3, 2012 issue of Fortune.
Christine Day joined Lululemon Athletica in 2008 and helped the yoga-inspired athletic apparel maker grow by trusting her employees to make decisions.
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