Tips for Staying Healthy on a Business Trip
Business trips aren’t known for being bastions of healthy living. Between late nights, room service, and required client entertainment there are plenty of ways to wreck a diet and little time for physical activity. We turned to business travel expert Road Warriorette for some tips staying healthy on the road.
How can I find time to work out on a busy trip?
Business trips are often packed full of travel, meetings, and scheduled activities, without a lot of time left over for exercise. Instead of a full-on 30-minute cardio session, do short bursts of movement throughout the day. Take the stairs, park farther away from the door, walk around the office during breaks, and avoid moving walkways at the airport. Another idea: quick ten or twenty minute workouts in the morning that you can do in your hotel room. Small amounts add up!
To help keep track of what they’re doing, many travelers swear by their fitness trackers, such as a Fitbit, Apple Watch, or Misfit Shine. These trackers will tell you exactly how much activity you are getting on any given day.
Another option is to schedule working out ahead of time. Block it off on your calendar just like any other appointment to make sure you have time.
I don’t have room for a lot of workout gear in my suitcase. Any suggestions?
Some workouts require specific gear or equipment, and don’t make sense for business trips. However there are plenty of activities that don’t need a lot of extra room in your suitcase. Yoga studios frequently have mats available to rent or borrow. Swimming simply requires a suit and goggles. Resistance bands will give you similar benefits to weights but take up almost no room.
What can I do to make sure I eat well on a business trip?
Eating well is all about planning! Bring healthy snacks such as nuts, fruit, or a protein bar so you always have good options. This is especially important on travel days! Make sure you stay hydrated, drinking plenty of water. Business travelers often have their restaurants chosen for them, or have to make do with room service after a long day. If you know where you are eating, check out the menu online and make your choice ahead of time. If that’s not an option, protein and green veggies are generally a safe choice.
One of the most helpful things you can do on a business trip, from both a health and energy standpoint, is to eat breakfast. Choose something with plenty of protein, like Greek yogurt and fruit or a veggie and cheese omelet. Try to steer clear of sugar, which will cause an energy spike followed quickly by a crash.
Working out and eating well are certainly possible on business trips. It just requires some advance planning and effort, but the difference in how you feel is always worth it.