If your work takes you all around the world, it can be a major challenge to stay fit while on the road. Client meetings, dinners and cocktails can wreak havoc on your diet and fitness routine. I’ve had a long career in sales and I’ve had to travel the world over, visiting clients and giving presentations. These are just a few of the things I’ve learned that can help you maintain and active lifestyle on the road.
- Planning your trip in advance: Airline food is full of calories, sugar and sodium so take some healthy snacks with you for your trip. Cut up carrots, celery and other veggies along with raw nuts or trail mix all make great snacks. Know the airports you will be flying through and where the healthy foods are served. For example Chicago O’hare has a wonderful fresh market in the terminal that has vegetarian and vegan options along with fresh fruit to go.
- Fitness: Does your hotel have a gym or workout studio? If so take advantage and if not hotels usually have an agreement with a local gym where they can send their guests to a particular workout facility where for a small fee you will be allowed to work out. Also find a yoga studio or a spin class by searching online for location, class schedules and fees. Ask the hotel for a running map if you’re a runner or walker as they usually have some good options that are safe. There is no excuse for not sticking to your fitness routine even though you are away from home.
- Meals: The website www.happycow.net is one great website. Just enter the city where you will be staying anywhere in the world and you will find the most healthy restaurants in that location with reviews, menus, directions and hours of operation. Also if you take a yoga or spin class the teachers are usually very knowledgeable about healthy food restaurants. Just be resourceful.
- Scheduling: Your trip should include planned times for your workouts, yoga, running or walking so treat these times with the same priority as your business meetings. Fitness is a part of your life just as your business is so treat it as such.
- Hydration: Stay hydrated as traveling will dehydrate your body. Buy a couple of water bottles in the terminal to take on the aircraft with you and watch the alcohol which will add to the dehydration issue. When you check into the hotel go to a store or market and stock up on water, fruit and healthy snacks for the room.
- Sleep: Be sure and get plenty of sleep to keep up your energy level.
Are there strategies that you find worked for you? Feel free to leave your comments below.