Staying healthy while travelling for work

Does travelling for work mess with your fitness routine and healthy lifestyle?

Taking care of your health is not always easy, especially when you’re travelling frequently. You have easy access to processed foods and takeaways, which seems very convenient in today’s busy lifestyle. Plus, after a full day’s work, you may want to put your feet up and enjoy a glass of wine and not hustle on busy roads to get to the gym.

Perhaps you’ve found your perfect routine at home and you’re preparing healthy meals and exercising regularly. But, business travel often ruins your routine.

What happens when you don’t have the “luxury” of a normal office routine? Instead, you’re travelling for work every so often…

Luckily, you don’t have to compromise on achieving your health and fitness goals. We have some advice that can help you keep fit and healthy, even if you have to travel frequently.

Stick to healthy eating

While you may find it easier to eat high-calorie snacks and junk food, stick to healthier food options. If you have to, pack your own healthy snacks to prevent grabbing that on-the-go cupcake, donut or chocolate croissant.

Here are a few healthy snack options:

  • Fresh fruit (firmer fruit, such as apples, are easier to travel with)
  • Nuts (just watch how many you eat because nuts are high in calories)
  • Homemade popcorn
  • Healthy crackers and cheese
  • Seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, etc.)
  • Dry oatmeal cup (just add hot water on-the-go)

If you’re staying at a hotel, opt for healthy foods and rather steer away from the dessert table. By fueling your body with the right nutrition, you will perform better at your job.

Pack your workout gear

Let’s be real. You’re not going to exercise if you don’t have the right workout attire with you. Don’t make room for excuses. Pack in some trainers and workout gear. This way, you can exercise easily. If you can, go for runs, hikes or swims during your business trip to keep fit and active.

Get a fitness tracker

Keep active with the help of a fitness tracker. You can either buy a fitness tracker or download an app on your smartphone to track your steps, heart rate, sleeping patterns, etc. Tracking this information can help you be more conscious of how active you are and change some of your lazy patterns, such as using the elevator instead of the stairs.

Buy a bag you can carry on your back

While typical business travelling bags often come with wheels, you can find a professional-looking backpack. You are more liberated with a backpack. Take the stairs and walk through busy streets easily, without having to worry about dragging a bag on wheels behind you.

Explore the area

If you have some free time, explore your surroundings. Whether it be visiting a park or a local mall, this way, you can get familiar with your surroundings and increase your daily step count

Keep hydrated

At networking parties, you may find it difficult to keep control of your alcohol consumption. Try your best to have water in between your alcoholic drinks. The same goes for conferences. Lay off drinking too many sugary teas and coffees and drink as much water as possible.

Also, if you tend to forget to drink water while you’re on the move, get a designated water bottle for travelling. This way, while you’re travelling or exploring the city you’re in, you won’t forget to stay hydrated.

Always eat a good breakfast

Breakfast is, without a doubt, the most important meal of the day. It not only improves your concentration but it’s also important for a healthy, functioning metabolism. Eating breakfast will prevent you from craving unhealthy snacks later on in the day.

Get a good night’s sleep

Sleeping well improves your memory and concentration levels so you can perform your best at business appointments. Sleep in a comfy bed and go to sleep at a reasonable time at night. Avoid using your smartphone once you’re in bed and enjoy a blissful sleep.

Morning Star Express Hotel offers comfortable and affordable accommodation in Pretoria. You can get a decent night’s sleep and wake up refreshed and ready to make the most of your business trip in Pretoria.

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