Are travel plans interfering with your health habits? If you spend the majority of your workweek shuttling from city to city, your regular routine and self-care practices can quickly get thrown off course. Long commutes, corporate dinners filled with fattening foods, and a scattered sleep schedule can take a toll on your energy and productivity levels, as well as your overall well-being.
It may seem hard to believe that only a few days away can have a big impact. But by the end of your executive excursion, your body is likely experiencing fatigue, bloat, and even digestion distress. And once you’re back home, it can be difficult to discontinue these bad behaviors.
When you’re on the go, it can be hard to prioritize your health. Try these simple hacks for dodging the fat traps and tension triggers associated with corporate trips.
Diet-demolishing dinners. After a long day of meetings, your associates may want to gather at a restaurant and let loose. But this is prime time for packing on pounds because these dinners tend to include diet-demolishing dishes and alcohol for easing social anxiety. And because these outings are expensed, it can be tempting to tack on extras.
Corporate dinners can also lead to peer pressure. If someone notices that you haven’t ordered a second drink, you may get called out or considered “not fun.” As a result, you may feel obligated to sip and snack as a sign of caloric camaraderie.
Here are two ways to cope:
Walk when you can. It’s tempting to take a taxi, but because most companies make a point of conveniently booking hotels near the events their employees are attending, this is a good opportunity to get in some steps.
Much of your day will likely be spent sedentary, so walking to and from meetings is a great opportunity to boost circulation and loosen the joints that tend to tighten from prolonged sitting, such as the hips and knees.
And if you have any extra downtime between meetings or a day off, consider becoming a tourist. Not only will you enjoy the sights and sounds of a new city, you’ll recharge your weary mind and feel as if you sneaked in a mini vacation, too!
The hotel hustle. Next time you’re packing your suitcase, save room for your sneakers and a fast fitness routine that can be completed from your room or the hotel’s gym. Start your morning right with this 10-minute cardio session:
Back to life
A packed plank
The pulse pounder
Lean, mean lunging machine
Don’t let travel trip up your healthy habits.