Those of us who travel frequently for business understand the challenges of maintaining a healthy lifestyle while on the go. Between the long-haul flights, jet lag, indulgent client dinners and boozy lunches, it can be easy to fall out of routine.
Brian Robertson, COO of Vision Travel, spends half of his time on the road, and has learned how easy it is to burn out if you don’t maintain a well-balanced diet and regular exercise.
Robertson has shared his top tips to staying healthy, sharp and refreshed while on the road.
Hydration is one of the most vital and easily maintainable aspects to healthy living. The lack of humidity in cabin air means your body will need some extra H2O. Make an effort to drink a glass of water or club soda throughout the flight and try to avoid dehydrators like alcohol and caffeine. Once you arrive at your destination, keep a water bottle with you that can be easily filled up in-between meetings.
Use the fitness center
Scheduling exercise time into your itinerary is key to feeling healthy when you’re away. Plan time to work-out as if it’s part of your business itinerary. Book a property with a quality fitness center or swimming pool to help keep you on track. Maybe you want to challenge yourself further and book a personal training session, yoga or spinning class before you arrive so that exercise is planned into your schedule.
Walk it out
Whenever possible, walk! Take a stroll around the airport while you wait for your flight or if you're visiting a city for the first time, discover it on foot. Find out where your client meetings are and consider the "heel-toe express" as your transportation option. Why not have a rule for yourself that you walk to any destination less than 20 minutes away? A small change like this can really benefit your health on the road and decrease fatigue during your trip.
Rise & shine
Although it can be tempting to sleep in when you have the luxury of a later start, sticking to an early rise can help you conquer the day ahead. Allowing yourself the time to eat a proper breakfast, squeeze in a quick workout or catch up on the news will boost your energy, make you feel refreshed and ready to tackle your day.
Think outside the box
Not all client meetings need to be in a boardroom. Why not suggest a round of golf or a tennis match for your next meeting? Not only will you get a workout, but you’ll leave a lasting impression on any prospective clients for your creativity.
Eat right, drink less
It can be tempting to over indulge on a business trip, especially if it’s on an expense account. The key is to control both your alcohol intake and your food choices. An easy rule to follow is to opt for healthier choices for two of your meals each day, and splurge on the third. Try to also limit alcohol to two drinks while schmoozing clients and reduce the number of sugar-heavy cocktails and high-calorie beers. While it is understood that eating out and drinking are often necessities of business travel, you should try to mimic your regular nutrition habits as closely as possible.