If you’re lucky enough to travel for work, then you know it can take its toll on your healthy habits. It’s tough to fit in a workout when you’re adjusting to a new time zone, up early for breakfast meetings and getting from A to B in a hurry. Not to mention the abundance of food available at conferences, happy hours and dinner meetings.
Travelling doesn’t have to throw you off completely. There are several habits you can adopt that will keep you energized and healthy.
Buy a portable, lightweight water bottle that will fit into your purse or carry-on and refill whenever possible. It’s easy to get dehydrated when travelling, especially after long flights. Try to keep up the habit of drinking 6-8 glasses a day to stay hydrated and to keep your digestion in check. Want a bottle that looks good on the board room table? Try a Swell bottle that comes in a wide selection of colors and patterns or the BKR brand in a soft pastel.
If you can’t make it to the hotel gym, try walking as much as possible to keep your blood flowing and your muscles engaged. If you’re stuck inside at a conference, walk the halls between sessions or pick the bathroom furthest from you to log a few extra steps. If you are having trouble sleeping, try an early morning walk and watch the sunrise (there is something magical about watching a city wake up in the morning). Take the stairs at the airport and opt out of the speed-walkways. It’s the little things! Don’t forget to pack a pair of comfortable flats that you can squeeze into your bag. Try Tieks for their style and comfort.
Don’t sweat the small stuff
When travelling in unfamiliar places, it’s inevitable that things can go wrong. Your flight may be delayed or you may get stuck in a traffic jam on your way through the city. Stressing about things that are out of your control won’t help. Try to ‘go with the flow’ as much as possible and trust that you’re doing your best. Stay in touch with whomever you are meeting on the other side so you can warn them of your late arrival. Whenever possible, bank a few extra minutes to get there. Or plan ahead and ask your Uber driver how long they recommend you give yourself for an upcoming trip.
Change the menu
Hotel staff want to please you. The hotel restaurant chef isn’t going to scoff if you ask for your dressing on the side. If you see an opportunity to make your meal healthier, go for it. Try ordering two appetizers instead of a main, or make your meal out of sides (usually seasonal veggies). The best ways to avoid extra calories are to ask for sauce on the side, steamed and not fried, and to replace any starch with steamed vegetables.
Enjoy the adventure
Whatever the reason for your travel, enjoy the ride! Soak in the fact that you’re exploring new places, meeting new people and expanding your world. You just might decide that it’s worth the occasional break from routine.