Stay active next time you're traveling for work.
You've been really good about working out consistently lately. Whether it comes in the form of hitting the weight room every day, attending a yoga class once a week or simply stretching when you get out of bed every morning, there's no need for you to put your active lifestyle on pause. Although many view traveling as an obstacle for maintaining a workout regimen, it can actually help keep it fresh and get you to do something new.
Making an effort to stay healthy when you're traveling is especially important due to the unhealthy nature of traveling. It's likely that you'll find yourself inactive more often than while you're at home (partly because you're so tired from traveling) and your diet will be unhealthier. Think for a second about what business trips are usually like. Odds are, you're going to be spending a lot of time on a plane, you're going to eat more than you should at business dinners and at the end of the day, you're not going to want to work out. Instead, you're going to kick your feet up and try to find one moment of relaxation in your busy day.
But you should make a little extra effort to stick to a healthy lifestyle even while you travel. Besides the obvious health benefits of working out and eating right, paying attention to your body can help you cope with some of the stresses you'll experience while traveling.
Here are five ways you can help yourself stay healthy while traveling for work:
1. Go for a stroll
Walking is an exercise that you can do virtually anywhere. Unless you're traveling to a destination experiencing a torrential rainstorm or winter blizzard, you can take a walk around town. Despite the fact that walking may not be the first activity that jumps to the forefront of your mind, it's a great cardiovascular workout that has almost no negative effects on your knees and ankles. Plus, it requires no equipment whatsoever, so it's up to you to get it done. See if the city you are staying in has any walking trails already mapped out through town.
2. Explore the area
Pay particularly close attention to this tip if you're traveling somewhere with a temperate climate or scenic views. It's always nice to see your surroundings, and going for a hike is as good a way as any to do it. Not only will you get to enjoy your environment (and all of the pretty sights that come with it), but you will get your exercise for the day in as well. Again, this requires no equipment. But if you feel like getting off your feet for a bit, check with your hotel to see about a bike rental service. It's always fun to go on a bike ride to see the area.
3. Go for a swim
If you're headed to one of the coasts, this should be your first option (unless the weather won't allow it). Go for a swim in the ocean if you've got one around! If not, your hotel probably has a swimming pool somewhere on its facility. Swimming is one of the best ways to burn calories, and it's a full-body workout.
4. Practice yoga
Try practicing yoga as a part of your morning or nighttime routine. It can help with flexibility, which can come in handy after a long time in an airplane seat. Besides the physical benefits though, yoga can also help your mental health. A lot of the breathing exercises that make up yoga can help you get rid of some of the stress that comes with business travel. If you're not feeling up to going through an entire session of yoga, simply stretch instead. Touch your toes and reach your hands to the sky at the very least.
5. Watch what you eat
This one will probably be the most difficult to accomplish. You're going to be wining and dining with (or wined and wined by) various business associates and there's going to be an abundance of delicious foods. It's inevitable for you to eat a little bit unhealthier while traveling, but do your best to eat healthy. Try ordering a salad for lunch and skipping dessert at dinner, for starters.