When traveling for business, you want everything that isn’t work to be easy. You want to grab the food that’s quickest and most convenient. Instead of working out, you want to zone out in front of the TV or catch up on sleep (if there’s time for that).
It can be really easy to slip into unhealthy habits, especially if you’re on the road a lot. But, there are some easy ways to erase those bad habits and promote better eating, more fitness, and maybe even more relaxation.
Pack with your health in mind
Packing with healthy habits in mind is a game changer. This will make it easier for you to make good choices while you’re on the road, instead of the unhealthy choices that can seem unavoidable. Packing food is a great start. If you pack healthy snacks – like trail mix or dried fruit – then it’ll be much easier to choose those healthy treats than the McDonald’s around the corner. At the least, you can have a snack until you’re able to grab a better option later on.
Don’t forget to pack for a workout as well! You won’t be able to do much running if you only have your dress shoes. Make sure to bring your athletic shoes and workout clothes. You can even bring things like yoga mats and pull-up bars to help inspire you to get that workout done. And remember, even a 15 minute workout is better than nothing at all.
Use your local resources
When trying to stay healthy, it’s smart to make the best of the resources around you. Many hotels have fitness rooms and pools, and some even offer yoga classes or other workout opportunities. If you can’t find any such resources then try exploring the local scenery. A lot of cities have parks and trails that can be great for running or biking. Even walking around just to discover a new city can turn into a decent workout. And while walking around, you’re likely to find good places to eat and even other places – like spas or yoga studios – to get some relaxation.
Most areas have outdoor basketball courts, golf courses, and other sports facilities that can be utilized for free or nominal fees. Perhaps there’s a coworker you’d like to get to know better – play a round of golf with them and you could kill two birds with one stone!
The biggest obstacle to healthy traveling is staying motivated. It can be downright depressing to think about fitting in a workout at the end of an extended business trip. But, there are ways to stay motivated through these stressful and tiring times.
Use an exercise wristband to set goals, compete with others, and keep track of points, calories burned, and more. I use the Nike Fuelband whether I’m at home or on the road and it allows me to keep track of how active I’ve been, whether I could use a run, and to compete with my wife, regardless of whether we’re together or not.
You can keep track of how you’re eating, too! Apps like MyFitnessPal allow you to type in or scan barcodes for the food you’re eating so you can monitor how close you’re staying to a healthy diet. You can set calorie intake and calorie burn goals and several of the apps can scan an impressive amount of barcodes or already have food brands entered by other users (everything at Trader Joe’s).
Just do it
Traveling is tough enough on its own. Working a fitness and diet plan in as well can be pretty overwhelming. But, if you prepare for a healthy trip then you’ve fought half the battle. Just remember to use the resources around you to get the job done. And, if your motivation is slipping away then turn to some of the tools and apps that are available to keep you in the fighting spirit!