Business travel can be taxing and take a serious toll on your health, especially when you’re heading to a convention or conference.
There are ways to walk away from conferences with valuable knowledge, and your health intact.
- Find trendy breakfast hangouts near your hotel
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Starting your day with a healthy meal not only keeps you fuller, but also sets the tone for conference eating. Do some research and find the trendiest breakfast establishments near the hotel or the conference centre. You’ll be able to mix with the locals, get a sense of your destination and stay healthy all at the same time.
- Ditch the cab
You don’t have to suffer on the treadmill to stay active while away. Rather, ditch the cab and walk to the convention centre in the morning. Starting to feel a bit low during the day? Skip the elevator or escalator and take the stairs instead. It’s a great way to work some exercise into your day and, who knows, you might even set a new record on your Fitbit/Apple watch.
- Find ways to sleep – anytime, anywhere
Conferences can be a hive of activity, with dinner parties and cocktail evenings almost every night. Don’t stay out too late and try to get enough sleep to help you keep your stamina up during the day, and prevent you from getting sick. Don’t want to miss the night parties? Try a mid-morning or a mid-afternoon nap.
- Adhere to these crucial bar basics
At the end of a stressful day, hitting the bar with a few colleagues to let your hair down is very tempting. Cocktails can be really attractive and tempting, but unfortunately they are full of sugar. So, rather steer clear of sugary cocktails and try a gin and tonic or a glass of wine instead.
- Fly healthy
Try to stay away from the fried foods at the airport. Instead, pack raw, unsalted nuts and fruits to take along. They’re healthy and will keep you full for longer. Also drink plenty of water and stay away from the sugary sodas. Sitting still on the plane is also not the healthiest of activities and there are some movements you can do to keep your blood flowing while in flight.
Ankle rotations: Lift your feet off the floor and draw a circle with your toes, trying to get a full range of motion through your ankle. Repeat in the opposite direction.
Foot lifts: Alternate keeping your toes on the floor and lifting your heels, and keeping your heels on the floor and lifting your toes.
Knee lifts: Sitting straight up, keep your knee bent and lift your thigh so that you’re flexing at the hip. Alternate legs.
Toe curls: Curl your toes and release. Also try pressing your toes down against the floor or just wiggling them inside your shoes.
As you can see, there are plenty of creative ways to stay healthy during your next trip. Whatever you do, don’t let health take the backseat to the demand of business travel.
Compiled by: Melissa Jan Cook. Source: Travel and Meetings.