Your Travel Guide to Health
By Sara Butler
Sticking to healthy habits when you’re on the road can feel overwhelming. If you’re a frequent business traveler, you know just how hard it can be. But that doesn’t mean it’s not important to try! There are a few simple ways you can adjust your habits and stay healthy when you’re on the road. Here are a few ideas to get you started!
Have Snacks, Will Travel
If you travel a lot for work, you’re probably very sick of takeout and the snacks they sell in airports. You can solve this problem by making a food plan of attack for your travels. Pack a sandwich, salad, or healthy snacks from home to help you beat the high-fat, high-sugar, high-sodium, and high-calorie choices you often find when you’re on the go.
If you’re driving to reach your destination, then pack a cooler or a little lunch box. Fill it with bottled water, fresh fruit, cheese sticks, yogurt, peanut butter, whole grain crackers, and homemade trail mix and forget the junk food you find at rest stops and restaurants along the way.
Don’t Eat Because You’re Bored
Some people think that traveling for work is glamorous, but you know you likely don’t see more of a city than the inside of a hotel room. Don’t sit down at the end of a long day and munch on things in your room because there’s nothing better to do. Make sure to take things with you for entertainment such as a good book, music, or a laptop you can play games on. Most hotels have gyms too, so if you’re really bored, you can always go down and get in a workout!
A lot of conferences and business travel involves happy hours to network. No one will think twice if you decline a drink and have a club soda with a twist instead. If you do want to drink, try to stick to some of the lower calorie offerings such as a glass of wine, hard liquor with diet soda or seltzer, and light beer.
Go for a Walk
You should ask the hotel concierge for a map of any running or walking trails near the hotel that are safe. Ending a long day of meetings or presentations with a brisk walk can feel rejuvenating and is a great way to burn some calories.
There's no question that staying healthy as you travel is a challenge, but you were never one to turn down a challenge!
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